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Author Sharyn McCrumb to Speak at Appalachian

BOONE–Regional novelist Sharyn McCrumb will speak at Appalachian State University on Wednesday, July 17, at 3:30 p.m. at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center.

McCrumb is this year’s Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Lecturer. The lecture series was established by a gift from Irwin Belk of Charlotte in honor of his wife, Carol Grotnes Belk.

McCrumb’s presentation is free and open to the public. It also is part of An Appalachian Summer Festival. Call Belk Library at (828) 262-2188 for more information.

McCrumb is the author of 15 novels. Her best-known series, the “Ballad Books,” includes “She Walks These Hills,” “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” and the latest, “The Songcatcher.” All of the six ballad novels were named New York Times and/or Los Angeles Times Notable Books.

“My books are like Appalachian quilts,” McCrumb says. “I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South.”

In 1997, McCrumb was honored for her Outstanding Contributions to Appalachian Literature by the Appalachian Writers Association. She has twice received the Best Appalachian Novel Award.

A graduate of UNC Chapel Hill, she earned a master’s degree in English at Virginia Tech. She has lectured at Oxford University and the Smithsonian Institute, as well as universities and libraries across the country. McCrumb lives and writes in the Virginia Blue Ridge.