Lewisburg Literary Festival 2014

August 1st & 2nd 2014
A vibrant two day event featuring visiting authors,  outdoor art, panel discussions, workshops, musical entertainment, and performance art, all inspired by literature.


FREE tickets to Marc Harshman and Garth Stein events are locally available at the Greenbrier Valley Visitors Center or by phone at 888-716-5082. Tickets are limited to 6 per household. Tickets are only required for Marc Harshman and Garth Stein.  All other speakers do not require tickets. 




The Strain"The Scent" a reading by actor Bob Bonhage from The Strain.

The Strain, a bestselling vampire novel by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, has been adapted for a new television series that recently premiered on FX.

Parental Warning: Because of its graphic nature, this reading is not suitable for younger children.


Kirk Judd (Friday, August 1, 2014, 5-6 p.m.)  POETRY WORKSHOP  An approach to creating poetry for the sound of it, understanding the premise that poetry is a spoken word art. Interactive tips and techniques for writing poetry from an acoustic perspective.

Laura Treacy Bentley (Saturday, August 2 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m.)  WRITING YOUR FIRST NOVEL: THE JOURNEY OF A HYBRID WRITER  Laura will share her strategies and discoveries in creating her first novel THE SILVER TATTOO from start to finish. Since her work (poetry and fiction) has been traditionally and non-traditionally published, she experienced the pros and cons of both worlds. Two classic guidebooks for novelists by screenwriter Robert McKee and West Virginia’s own Meredith Sue Willis will be discussed.

John Van Kirk (Saturday, August 2, 2014, 12:30 -1:30 p.m.)  ENDINGS  Award-winning novelist and short story writer John Van Kirk will offer a workshop focusing on endings.  When is the story really over?  When is the manuscript truly finished?  How do we know when to close the book on a piece of writing?

The Art of
                                Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein

Hippie Homesteaders
Carter Taylor Seaton

Gaining Ground
Forrest Pritchard

Origami Yoda
Tom Angleberger

Max Watman

The Storm
Marc Harshman

 Garth Stein

Garth SteinGarth Stein is an American author and film producer from Seattle, Washington. Although best known for his New York Times bestselling novel, The Art of Racing in the Rain, Stein has also spent time as a documentary film maker, playwright, teacher and amateur racer.

The Art of Racing in the Rain The Art of Racing in the Rain has been published in 30 languages, was the #1 BookSense selection, the Starbucks spring/summer book selection, and has been on the IndieBound bestseller list since its publication. Stein's previous novel, How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets (Soho Press, 2005) won a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award, and was a BookSense Pick in both hardcover and paperback. Raven Stole the Moon was Stein's first novel. He has also written a full-length play, Brother Jones, and produced a number of award-winning documentaries.

Born in Los Angeles and raised in Seattle, Garth's ancestry is diverse: his mother, a native of Alaska, is of Tlingit Indian and Irish descent; his father, a Brooklyn native, is the child of Jewish emigrants from Austria. After spending his childhood in Seattle and then living in New York City for 18 years, Garth returned to Seattle, where he currently lives with his wife, three sons, and their dog, Comet.

Carter Taylor Seaton
Carter Taylor Seaton

Carter Taylor Seaton is the author of two novels, Father’s Troubles, and amo, amas, unconventional love story, numerous maga
zine articles, and several essays and short stories. Her newest book, the non-fiction, Hippie Homesteaders, was just published by West Virginia University Press. In her earlier life, she directed a rural craft cooperative, was nominated for the Ladies Home Journal’s “Women of the Year 1975” Award, and ran three marathons—Atlanta, New York City, and Marine Corps—after she was fifty.

ForeWord MagHippie Homesteadersazine named her debut novel, Father’s Troubles, as a Book of the Year category finalist in 2003. Her second novel, amo,amas, unconventional love story was designated “Indie Approved” by

She graduated from Marshall University in 1982 with a Regent's BA degree in English and Business and worked as a marketing professional in West Virginia and Georgia for over thirty years. Now, also a practicing ceramic sculptor, she lives in Huntington, West Virginia with her husband Richard Cobb.

Marc Harshman

Marc HarshmanMarc Harshman is the poet laureate of West Virginia appointed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in 2012.  His full-length collection, GREEN-SILVER AND SILENT, was recently published and his fourth chapbook, ALL THAT FEEDS US: THE WEST VIRGINIA POEMS came out from Quarrier Press just last year. Periodical publications include Shenandoah, The Georgia Review, The Progressive, Appalachian Heritage, and the Roanoke Review.  Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. His eleven children’s books include THE STORM, a Smithsonian Notable Book. His children's titles have also been published in Spanish, Japanese, Korean, Danish, and Swedish. Marc has three new children’s books forthcoming.  A new edition of A SONG FOR WEST VIRGINIA, his poem celebrating West Virginia’s sesquicentennial, has just been published.  He lives in Wheeling, West Virginia and holds degrees from Bethany College, Yale University Divinity School, and the University of Pittsburgh. He has also recently received an honorary doctorates from Bethany College and from West Liberty University in recognition of his life’s work.

Tom Angleberger

Tom Angleberger
Tom Angleberger is a former Roanoke Times reporter and columnist. His first novel, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda, was published in 2010. This breakthrough hit about Southwest Virginia kids and their homemade Star Wars puppets led to a series of books teaching children how to fold the popular characters out of paper. In the p ast 4 years Tom has sold 3.5 million books and has become a regular on the New York Tim es bestseller list. An appearance at the Roanoke Science Museum in March was attended by over 500 children. When he appears at the Lewisburg Literary Festival at the Greenbrier County Library on Friday evening, he will teach children (and adults!) how to make Yoda in 5 simple steps. Tom is a Shenandoah Valley native who majored in art at the College William and Mary. His wife Cece Bell is also a children's author and illustrator. They live in Christiansburg, Virginia. Tom's books include Darth Paper, Princess Labelmaker, The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppet, and The Secret of the Fortune Wookie.

Forrest Pritchard

Forrest PritchardForrest Pritchard is a professional farmer and writer, holding degrees in English and Geology from the College of William and Mary. His farm Smith Meadows was one of the first “grass finished” farms in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for more than fifteen years. His book Gaining Ground, A Story of Farmers’ Markets, Local Food and Saving the Family Farm was named a Top Read by Publishers Weekly, The Washington Post and NPR’s The Splendid Table.

Max Watman

Max WatmanMax Watman’s most recent book is Harvest: Field Notes From a Far Flung Pursuit of Real Food (W.W. Norton & Co., 2014). He is the author of Chasing the White Dog: an amateur outlaw’s Adventures in Moonshine (Simon and Schuster, 2010), and of Race Day: A Spot on the Rail with Max Watman (Ivan R. Dee, 2005).

Max was raised on the banks of the Shenandoah River, in the Massanutten Mountains of Virginia, and lives near the banks of the Hudson River, in the Highlands, with his wife and son.

He has worked as a farmer, a guitar player, a silversmith, a tutor, a greenskeeper, a warehouseman, and a journalist. He learned to cook in the kitchen of the French Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C., and spent a decade cooking in kitchens of all sorts. He worked alone on the line at the Village Cafe in Richmond VA,turning hundreds upon hundreds of meals a night while the jukebox blared.

He was the horse-racing correspondent for the New York Sun for six years, and regularly wrote for that paper on food, drink, movies, and music. He has been a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post's food and drink section, and

Mr. Watman is a regular fixture at national and regional spirit events -- At the American Distilling Institute conference, he designed and led a presentations on strategies for small distillers presenting their products to the media, and another for distillers about strategies for communicating with bartenders. He judged the Northwest Spirits Show Cocktail Competition in 2011. He presented at Tales of the Cocktail on the new landscape of American distilling, and took part n a humorous debate sponsored by Belvedere vodka on the pros and cons of cocktails. (Arguing against.) He presented at the Manhattan Cocktail Classic with NASCAR legend Junior Johnson about the history of moonshine, and again about beer cocktails and the nature of trends. He spoke at the Slow Food Writers Night in Portland Maine, and gave a historical speech in a National Historic Landmark whiskey bonding shed in Georgia. He has consulted on flavor trends with cocktail program developers, distillers, and marketing think tanks. He once converted his local dive bar into a no-holds-barred, craft-centered gastropub for a night. (It was the most successful night the bar had ever had.)

He has written for the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, Forbes FYI, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune Small Business, Gourmet, and Parnassus.