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“Faster Pastor” authors Sharyn McCrumb and Adam Edwards discuss their book June 18 at Appalachian

mccrumb.jpgBOONE—New York Times bestselling author Sharyn McCrumb and NASCAR/ARCA race driver Adam Edwards will introduce their new book “Faster Pastor” at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons on Friday, June 18, at 3 p.m. in Room 114.

A reception and book signing will follow the presentation. Books will be available for sale.

Their appearance is the first of five events in a special Anniversary Author Series sponsored by the library in celebration of the fifth anniversary of  its new building. Community tours of the library will be conducted between 2 and 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.  For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 262-2087.

McCrumb, a well-known regional author, wrote the popular “Ballad novels” which are set in the North Carolina and Tennessee mountains. These include “She Walks These Hills,” “The Rosewood Casket” and “The Ballad of Frankie Silver,” the story of the first woman hanged for murder in North Carolina.

She later turned to racing and wrote “St. Dale,” the story of a group of ordinary people who go on a pilgrimage in honor of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, and find a miracle. This Canterbury Tales in a NASCAR setting won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award as well as the AWA Book of the Year Award. Her second racing novel, “Once Around the Track,” again set in the world of NASCAR, was a nominee for the 2007 Weatherford Award.

“Faster Pastor,” her newest racing novel, is coauthored by racecar driver Adam Edwards who was the model for a character in “Once Around the Track.” When he gave McCrumb technical advice during the writing of the novel, she suggested that they try to write a novel together, loosely based on Edward’s experiences teaching racecar driving. Together they devised the plot for the novel, which became “Faster Pastor.”

McCrumb says, “Writing a novel is a long and difficult process, especially for someone whose life is more action-oriented. Because I thought there was a good chance that Adam would get frustrated and quit, I told him, ‘I’ll write the first thousand words and send them to you via e-mail, and we’ll just go back and forth.’ A thousand words came back, well written and promptly sent. We kept going, and in a year’s time we had finished ‘Faster Pastor,’ found a publisher, and now the real adventure begins.” Ingalls Publishing Group, located in the High Country, published the book.

McCrumb has also written a new Ballad novel, “Devil Amongst the Lawyers,” which will be available soon.

Other authors who will appear during the summer and early fall are:

– Anne Whisnant, Belk Distinguished Lecturer, author of “Super-Scenic Motorway: A Blue Ridge Parkway History” (July 8)

-Robert Goolrick, author of his memoir “The End of the World as We Know It” and the bestselling novel “A Reliable Wife” (July 29)

-John Hart, popular North Carolina novelist who has written three bestselling novels: “King of Lies,” “Down River” and “The Last Child.” (Sept. 30).

Another author event will be held in August.