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April 20, 2018

4/13/2018 10:36:00 PM
Best-Selling Author To Discuss Latest Novel, 'The Unquiet Grave'

A popular award-winning Southern writer will be returning to Covington this coming week.

New York Times best-selling author Sharyn Mc-Crumb will visit the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library Thursday at 7 p.m. to discuss her latest novel, “The Unquiet Grave.”

The novel is a well-researched history of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Ghost.

“The Unquiet Grave” has received several accolades. It was selected by the Georgia Library system as the 2017 selection for North Georgia Reads, the All-Conference Read for the West Virginia State Library Conference, the West Virginia featured book at the West Virginia Book Festival, and as a featured alternate by the Literary Guild.

Her visit is being sponsored by the Friends of the Alleghany Highlands Regional Library.

“Sharyn was with us in the spring of 2016, and her presentation was well-attended,” said Friends President Gavin Dressler. “We enjoyed her last visit and look forward to her upcoming presentation.”

“We’re so excited to be hosting Sharyn for a second visit,” added Lisa Hicks, library director.

McCrumb is known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains. The series includes “The Ballad of Tom Dooley,” “She Walks These Hills,” and “The Rosewood Casket.”

Some of McCrumb’s other novels include “The Ballad of Frankie Silver,” the story of the first woman hanged for murder in North Carolina; “Ghost Riders,” which is an account of the Civil War in western North Carolina; and “King’s Mountain,” the story of the 1780 Revolutionary War battle and the Overmountain Men.

McCrumb, who resides in the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and holds a masters in English from Virginia Tech.

McCrumb has a number of awards and honors to her name. In 2014 she received the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Souther Literature from Chowan University, and in 2017 the national DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) named her a “Woman in the Arts” for literary achievement.

In addition, the West Virginia Library Association presented her with they Award of Merit for Contributions to Appalachi-an Literature.

She has also received the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature and the Planter Award for Short Story.

McCrumb’s presentation will be held in the library’s W.N. “John” Rice Community Room. Books will be available for sale. Following here presentation, she will sign copies of her books.

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