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On the Same Page Literary Festival (September 11th-15th) in Jefferson!

  • On the Same Page Literary Festival (September 11th-15th) in Jefferson!

The 2018 On the Same Page Literary, which is sponsored primarily by the Ashe County Arts Council and Ashe County Public Library, celebrates new and well-known writers of fiction and non-fictions, memoirs, blogs and more! The festival takes place on Tuesday, September 11th – Saturday, September 15th, and will feature nine authors with a variety of workshops, lectures, events and more.

ON THE SAME PAGE, simply put, is a celebration of reading and writing.

  • It provides an opportunity for authors to share their work and themselves with readers.
  • It gives readers a chance to rub elbows with the authors who take them on journeys through their writing.
  • It offers writers a chance to be inspired and to practice their craft.
  • It offers writers a chance to attend instructive and hands-on workshops.
  • It is a special time in the mountains of North Carolina for lovers of the written word.

A Community Festival
Besides celebrating the library, the arts in Ashe County, and ‘close-to-home’ authors, ON THE SAME PAGE is intended to expand the reading experience of all citizens of Ashe County, regardless of age and interest. Each year, the Arts Council sponsors a full range of performers in Ashe County Schools that connect to the festival and focus on literature and the importance of reading and writing.

Festival event venues include the library, the Ashe Arts Center, and various local restaurants.  The books of all ON THE SAME PAGE authors will be available for purchase (and signing!) at all festival events as well as at the Ashe Arts Center. Additional copies may be available for checkout at Ashe County Public Library.

DON’T FORGET TO SCHEDULE YOUR EVENTS FOR ON THE SAME PAGE LITERARY FESTIVAL. While most events are free of charge, there are a few that require a reservation and some a small cost to cover food service. So, get out your calendars and call or email the Ashe Arts Center for your reservations for the following events before they fill up!

You’ll want to pay special attention to these events:

Thursday, September 13 – at 12:00 Noon. Join us for the Literary Trails Luncheon. Georgann Eubanks will debut her newest book (it’s just come out and is available at the Ashe County Arts Center). Boxed lunches are provided for a nominal charge. Reservations are required. Ashe County Public Library. Call the Arts Center for your reservation: 336-846-2787.

Saturday, September 15 – at 12:00 Noon. Join us for the On the Same Plate Luncheon and Panel Discussion. Georgann Eubanks leads the discussion “Writing from Your Own Experience” with Festival authors Darnell Arnoult, Jim Minick, Tommy Tomlinson, and Frank X Walker. Tickets for the luncheon are $15.00 and reservations are required. Hensley Hall at West Jefferson United Methodist Church. Call the Arts Center for your reservation: 336-846-2787.

And be sure to mark your calendar for Thursday evening, September 13, when we welcome the Poet Laureate of the United States, Tracy K. Smith. The First Lady of North Carolina, Kristin Cooper, will welcome and introduce Smith. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Ashe Civic Center and is open to the public and is free of charge. Let’s give the Poet Laureate a great Ashe County welcome!

When: Tuesday, September 11th – Saturday, September 15th
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