2020 Festival

Program and additional details are coming soon...
For more information about the festival
contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411 or
email Carroll McMahan at cmcmahan@scoc.org.

Saturday February 22, 2020
9:00am to 4:00pm

Sevierville Convention Center
202 Gists Creek Road
Sevierville, Tennessee 37876

2019 Program

Meeting Room D - 9:15-9:45AM
Featured Speaker: Stephen Lyn Bales

A Look Back at of 10 Years of Rose Glen Literary Festival Memories

Stephen Lyn Bales
Stephen Lyn Bales

The Keynote speaker at the first Rose Glen Literary Festival in 2010. Stephen Lyn Bales will talk about the highlights of past festivals and invite his audience to join him.

Stephen Lyn Bales is a naturalist at Ijmas Nature Center in Knoxville, Tennessee. He has written for Smithsonian magazine and is a regular contributor to the Tennessee Conservationist magazine. Bales is also a regular speaker at Wilderness Wildlife Week in Pigeon Forge and other venues.

His first book Natural Histories published by University of Tennessee Press. covered the natural history of East Tennessee. Bales’ second book, Ghost Birds: Jim Tanner and the Quest for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker, 1935-1941 is the compelling story of Jim Tanner and his field work on the ‘Lord God Bird “in the late 1930s. Tanner was the only to conduct an in-depth study of the largest woodpecker to live in the United States, the legendary bird of the South.

Meeting Room B - 10:00-10:45AM
Workshop: Caitlin Hamilton Summie
Caitlin Hamilton Summie
Caitlin Hamilton Summie

“Getting the Word Out: Promotion Basics for Writers” Nowadays, agents want authors to have “platforms.” Once accepted for publication, authors are expected to assist with publicity. What’s a writer to do? Veteran book publicist and marketing expert Hamilton Summie walks writers through the basics of book publicity—such as understanding the publication landscape, learning what a platform is, and defining your audience—so that you can help to create and celebrate your writing successes.

Caitlin Hamilton Summie is the former Marketing Director of MacMurray & Beck and of BlueHen Books/Penguin Putnam. At each company she also managed imprint profile and directed all publicity, hardcover & paperback. In addition, for nearly two years she simultaneously directed and handled sales nationwide for MacMurray & Beck. In 2003, she founded Caitlin Hamilton Marketing & Publicity, LLC, an independent book publicity and marketing firm.

Over the course of her career, in-house and solo, she has launched Susan Vreeland, Emily St. John Mandel, William Gay, Kim Church, Bren McClain, and many more. She has published both short stories and poems. Her short story collection, To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts (Fomite Press), earned excellent reviews nationwide. It won Silver in the Foreword INDIES Books of the Year Awards in Short Stories, was a June 2018 Pulpwood Queen Book Club Bonus Book, and was included in 35 Over 35’s Annual List in 2017. Hamilton Summie is a former independent bookseller who earned her degrees at Smith College and Colorado State University where she was awarded an MFA with Distinction.

Meeting Room C - 10:00-10:45AM
Featured Speaker: Bill Carey
Bill Carey
Bill Carey

Bill Carey is a columnist for Tennessee Magazine and founder of Tennessee History for Kids, a non-profit organization that helps teachers of social studies and Tennessee history improve and supplement their core curriculum.

His 2000 book Fortunes Fiddles and Fried Chicken: A Nashville Business History is one of the bestselling Nashville history books of all time. He grew up in Huntsville, Alabama, spent five years flying in the navy, and has lived in Nashville since 1992.

His latest book, Runaways, Coffles and Fancy Girls: A History of Slavery in Tennessee, is a two-strike gut punch — first at the level of the historic humanitarian tragedy that was slavery, and second at our inability to learn from our own history that there is no “not that bad” way to destroy families.

Banquet Hall A - 10:00-10:45AM
GSMA Panel Discussion

Sam Venable will emcee a discussion between three authors who write about the Great Smoky Mountains Nation l Park. The authors will answer questions and share their stories of the natural and cultural wonders of the smokies.

Ben Anderson
Ben Anderson
Ben Anderson

Ben Anderson is the author of Smokies Chronicle: A Year of Hiking in Smoky Mountains National Park, that provides a fresh look and an engaging narrative about our most heavily visited national park through the eyes and ears of a lifelong devotee.

He was media relations director at Warren Wilson College from 1997 to 2015. Before that he was assistant professor of mass communications at Florida Southern College. He worked on the staffs of The Asheville Times, the Waynesville Mountaineer, Greensboro Record, Athens Banner-Herald, Atlanta Journal, Athens Daily News.

Ben has been a backcountry volunteer for Great Smoky Mountains National Park for more than 20 years. He now does marketing and public relations work for the Grove Arcade Public Market Foundation in Asheville. A native of Atlanta, he lives in Asheville, NC.

David Brill
David Brill

David Brill is the author of Into the Mist: Tales of Death and Disaster, Mishaps and Misdeeds, Misfortune and Mayhem in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. He has spent decades writing about the Smokies. Brill is an adjunct instructor at the University of Tennessee’s School of Journalism, he has been writing and working with the Great Smoky Mountains Association since 2006 and his devotion to the park goes back further than that.

Courtney Lix
Courtney Lix

Courtney Lix is the author of No Place for the Weary Kind: Women of the Smokies, a book that articulates the stories of 19 women of substance with strong ties to the Smoky Mountain region. Lix grew up in Gatlinburg.

She is the author of two books about the mountains and is a regular contributor to Smokies Life Magazine. Her writing awards include the Ferris Prize for Journalism from Princeton University, the Gregory T. Pope Prize for Science Writing, and recognition of FAQ Bears as the best general interest publication by the Association of Partners for Public Lands in 2011.

She lives in Washington DC. The idea for the book, came from a series of articles she began writing for Smokies Life Magazine, Great Smoky Mountains Association’s bi-annual magazine featuring stories about an array of Smoky Mountain-centric topics.

Emcee: Sam Venable
Sam Venable

Sam Venable is a semi-retired humor columnist for the Knoxville News-Sentinel. The winner of numerous writing awards, he is the author of ten books. The newest collection is called Someday I May Find Honest Work, A Newspaper Humorist’s Life. In his latest book, Venable chronicles life and all the strange and absurd things that go with it. With his lively commentary and quirky observations, he brings an uncommon perspective to common experiences. But even as he describes these trials and tribulations, Venable admits—with what you can be certain is a big grin— “it sure beats workin’ for a living.”

Meeting Room B - 11:00-11:45AM
Featured Speaker: Marilyn Kallet
Marilyn Kallet
Marilyn Kallet

Marilyn Kallet is the author of 18 books, including How Our Bodies Learned, The Love That Moves Me and Packing Light: New and Selected Poems, poetry from Black Widow Press. She is the Poet Laureate of Knoxville, Tennessee. She has translated Paul Eluard’s Last Love Poems, Péret’s The Big Game, and co-translated Chantal Bizzini’s Disenchanted City.

Her other volumes include children’s books, essays, anthologies of women’s literature. Dr. Kallet is Professor Emerita at the University of Tennessee, where she taught for 37 years. For a decade, she has also lead poetry workshops for VCCA-France, in Auvillar. She has performed her poems on campuses and in theaters across the United States as well as in France and Poland, as a guest of the U.S. Embassy’s “America Presents” program.

Meeting Room D - 11:00-11:45AM
Featured Speaker: Jack Neely
Jack Neely
Jack Neely

Jack Neely, whose career as a journalist in Knoxville has spanned about 30 years, is the author of several books, most of them associated with his hometown and its complicated history, including Market Square: A History of the Most Democratic Place on Earth; Knoxville, Tennessee: This Obscure Prismatic City; and The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace. He has earned multiple awards from the regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Institute of Architects and was the University of Tennessee History Department’s Outstanding Alumnus for 2018. Since 2014, he has been in charge of a new educational nonprofit, the Knoxville History Project, which has published several books, most notably the recent illustrated guidebook,Historic Knoxville: The Curious Visitor’s Guide to its Stories and Places. Neely will be talking about his latest book and about the often-overlooked and frequently surprising literary heritage of the Knoxville area.

Banquet Hall A - 11:00-11:45AM
Featured Speaker: Terry Roberts
Tery Roberts
Tery Robert

Terry Roberts whose debut novel,A Short Time to Stay Here, won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, and his second novel, That Bright Land, won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award as well as the James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South. Both novels won the annual Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, given to the author of the best novel written by a North Carolinian.

Born and raised near Weaverville, North Carolina, Roberts is the Director of the National Paideia Center and lives in Asheville, North Carolina. He has three children: Jesse, Margaret, and Henry. Roberts’ third novel, The Holy Ghost Speakeasy and Revival, was published in August of 2018. Jedidiah Robbins is a man on a crusade. From town to town his Gospel train rides the rails of 1920s Appalachia, spreading the Good News with his daughter and a loyal group of roustabouts in tow.

Banquet Hall B & C - 12:00-2:00PM
Luncheon Keynote Speaker: Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty
Robert Beatty

Robert Beatty is the author of the #1 New York Times best-selling Serafina Series published by Disney-Hyperion, a spooky mystery-thriller about a brave and unusual girl who lives secretly in the basement of the grand Biltmore Estate, surrounded by the opulence of the Gilded Age and the rugged beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Serafina and the Black Cloak was a #1 New York Times best seller, has been on the list for more than 60 weeks, and won the prestigious 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. The second book in the series, Serafina and the Twisted Staff, became a #1 New York Times best seller in the first week of its launch and earned a “Starred Review” from Kirkus Reviews, which said, “Even better than its predecessor, a sequel that delivers nonstop thrills from beginning to end.”

Enjoyed by both young readers and adults alike, the Serafina books are being taught in over a thousand classrooms nationwide. The third book in the series, Serafina and the Splintered Heart, came out in 2017 to much acclaim. Beatty’s fourth book, Willa of the Wood (July 10, 2018), introduces a brand new heroine—a young forest girl with ancient magical powers who lives in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Robert Beatty lives in Asheville, North Carolina with his wife and three daughters, who help create and refine his stories. He loves to explore the historic Biltmore Estate and the darkened forest trails where his novels take place. He writes full-time now, but in his past lives, Beatty was one of the early pioneers of cloud computing, the founder/CEO of Plex Systems, the co-founder of Beatty Robotics, and the chairman/CTO of Narrative Magazine. In 2007, he was named an Entrepreneur of the Year.

Serafina Series
Banquet Hall A - 2:00-2:45PM
Featured Speaker: Bill Landry
Bill Landry
Bill Landry

Bill Landry is the author of a new book, When Tennessee was the West. He was the voice, host, narrator, and co-producer of The Heartland Series which aired on WBIR-TV for about thirty years. Since its beginning in 1984, over 1,900 short features were produced, including 150 half-hour specials. Bill wrote, produced, and acted in many of the episodes.

Receiving an MFA from Trinity University at the Dallas Theater Center and a BA in literature from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Bill has gone on to receive two Emmy Awards for directing The Heartland Series, the Education in Appalachia Award from Carson-Newman University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Lincoln Memorial University.

Additional authors will be available to meet the public and sign copies of their works throughout the event. All activities are free to the public except for the luncheon, which is $20 per person. For luncheon reservations contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411 or email at cmcmahan@scoc.org. If you plan to attend visit VisitSevierville.com for exciting deals on dining, lodging, and shopping only minutes way for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park:

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