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Launch party for Sharyn McCrumb’s Christmas novella held Oct. 6 at Appalachian

BOONE—Area residents and fans of Sharyn McCrumb are invited to a book launch for her Christmas novella “Nora Bonesteel’s Christmas Past” Monday, Oct. 6, at Appalachian State University.

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The event begins at 6 p.m. in Room 114 in Belk Library and Information Commons.

The launch party will feature readings and stories by McCrumb and Charlotte Ross, the inspiration for the main character of Nora Bonesteel. A book signing and reception will follow. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.

McCrumb is known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times best sellers “The Ballad of Tom Dooley,” “The Ballad of Frankie Silver” and “Ghost Riders.” Her Revolutionary War novel, “King’s Mountain,” was published in September 2013 by St. Martin’s Press.

Ross, known as the “Legend Lady,” has collected or composed more than 3,400 tales of legends and laughter from Appalachia. She has performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Corn Island Storytelling Festival, Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, North Carolina Storytelling Festival, The Great Aunt Stella Center, Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Ireland, and for the Smithsonian Institution Folklife Programs. She also has been a featured storyteller on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.”

McCrumb’s first-ever holiday novella brings back her most popular characters, Nora Bonesteel and Spencer Arrowood, in a heartwarming story of a ghost of Christmas past and a felon of Christmas present. The book finds Nora happy to see some life brought back to the old Honeycutt mansion, even if it is by “summer people.” But when her new neighbors decide to stay through Christmas, they find more than old memories in the walls.

The New York Times Book Review wrote, “Ms. McCrumb writes with quiet fire and maybe a little mountain magic….She plucks the mysteries from people’s lives and works these dark narrative threads into Appalachian legends older than the hills. Like every true storyteller, she has the Sight.”