Michael Knight

Sevierville’s third annual Rose Glen Literary Festival will offer a venue for some of East Tennessee’s best local writers to sell and sign books while also featuring some new and innovative programming for attendees, including programs on local culture and folklore, writing about the natural world and how to get published. The luncheon program will feature a demonstration of 19th century cooking at Rose Glen Plantation followed by keynote speeches from Bill Landry and Michael Knight. The event will take place February 25, 2012 between 9am and 2:30pm at Walters State Community College Sevierville Campus. There is an $18 charge to attend the keynote luncheon, but no fee to attend the other workshops during the day.

“We are very proud of the quality programming we will be offering at this year’s Rose Glen Literary Festival,” says event organizer and Sevierville Chamber of Commerce special events facilitator Carroll McMahan. “Those who love literature and those who want to tell their story in print will both find inspiration and information.”

The opening program at Rose Glen Literary Festival begins at 9am and features Fred Brown, retired Knoxville News Sentinel columnist and “The Serpent Handlers” author, and Harry Moore, author of “October Roads.” The pair will be discussing writing about local culture and folklore. Then at 10am attendees will hear a presentation on writing about the natural world by Gatlinburg native and Deep South Book Prize nominee (“Ghost Birds”) Stephen Lyn Bales and Paul James, Ijams Nature Center director and author of “Ijams Nature Center.” At 11am a writer panel featuring author and illustrator Mary Phillips (“Booger”), local self-help writer Kathy Wilhelm (“Inside the Darkness, a Walk Through Grief”), Dr. Richard Eue (“Rachel’s Cry”, “Tunnel of Light” and “Medicine with a Human Touch, Putting Patients First”) and Jean Sexton, a Biltmore Estate executive and freelance writer, will discuss the ins and outs of getting a book published with the help of panel facilitator, publicist Cara Ford.

The keynote luncheon will also offer a unique experience as Chef Joe Cairn demonstrates the preparation of a 19th century meal at Rose Glen Plantation prior to keynote speeches from Bill Landry, host of the popular “Heartland Series” program and author of “Appalachian Tales and Heartland Adventures” and author Michael Knight. Knight was selected by Friends of Literacy as a 2011 inductee into the East Tennessee Writer’s Hall of Fame and his most recent novel, “The Typist” was included on Oprah’s Summer Reading List and was selected as one of the best books of 2011 by a variety of publications ranging from “The Huffington Post” to the “Kansas City Star.” Knight is head of the University of Tennessee’s creative writing program. Every luncheon guest will also receive a hand-crafted pottery mug courtesy of Pigeon River Pottery.

Additional authors who will be available to meet the public and sign copies of their works include: Robert Allen (“The Perry’s Camp Murders” and “Murder in Harrell Hills”), Ersa Rhea Noland Smith (“Flyin’ Bullets and the Resplendent Badge”), Greg Johnson (“Sanctuary, Meditations from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park”), Donnie Lamon (“Riding to Newport”), Veta King (“Images of America: Pigeon Forge”), Jean Leigh Claudette (“Mercedes James!”), John Alexander (“GHOSTS!”, “Washington Revisited” and “Firestorm at Gettysburg: Civilian Voices”), Laura Long (“A Beautiful View: The Story of Bluff Mountain Matriarch Marian Oates”), children’s book author Dr. David Ayers, Lin Stepp (“The Foster Girl”, “Tell Me About Orchard Hollow” and “For Six Good Reasons”), and mystery writer Robert Godwin (“Alias Baby Girl” and “Bullets, Booze and Babes”).

The Titanic Museum will offer several books related to the upcoming 100th anniversary of the fated voyage, and will feature ten year old Luke Copas and his book, “Facts for Kids about the Titanic”. The Smoky Mountain Historical Society will also be on hand offering a wide array of local history books, while Friends of the King Family Library will give away books and the Friends of the Kodak Library will be present for the third year selling their fundraising historical cookbook.

Rose Glen Literary Festival Program

9am Local Culture & Folklore – Fred Brown “The Serpent Handlers” & Harry Moore “October Roads”

10am Writing About the Natural World  – Stephen Lyn Bales “Ghost Birds” & Paul James “Ijams Nature Center”

11am How to Get Published – Mary Phillips “Booger”, Kathy Wilhelm “Inside the Darkness, A Walk Through Grief”, Jean Sexton and Dr. Richard Eue “Rachel’s Cry” & Jean Sexton, a Biltmore Estate executive and freelance writer. Facilitated by publicist Cara Ford.

12:30pm Keynote Luncheon* – Demonstration of 19th Century Meal Preparation by *Tickets are $18ea.

Chef Joe Cairn, The Rel Maples Institute for Culinary ArtsKeynote Speeches from Bill Landry “The Heartland Series” and “Appalachian Tales & Heartland Adventure” and Michael Knight “The Typist” A special thank you to Rose Glen Literary Festival sponsors and supporters including the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce, Walters State Community College, The Rel Maples Institute for Culinary Arts, The Old Mill and Sevier County Public Library System.

To reserve your tickets for the keynote luncheon, call Carroll McMahan at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce (865) 453-6411.