Lewisburg Literary Festival 2016
Mainstage Speakers

This year's Lewisburg Literary Festival Mainstage speakers will be featured at Carnegie Hall and take place throughout the day on Saturday, August 6th. All events are free and open to the public, but you must reserve a ticket by calling 888-716-5082.

Each Event will be followed by an author book signing. Books will be available at the signing first-come, first-serve, but attendees are welcome to order their book in advance through our partner vendor West Virginia Book Company (www.wvbookco.com) by calling


picture by Tasha Thomas

picture by Tasha Thomas


Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge,Water for ElephantsApe HouseRiding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Water for Elephants was adapted into a major motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon, Rob Pattinson, and Christoph Waltz in 2011.

She lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and the world’s fussiest goat.


Matthew Neill Null is a recipient of the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Mary McCarthy Prize, and the Michener–Copernicus Society of America Award. His stories appear in American Short FictionEcotone, the Oxford AmericanPloughsharesThe PEN /O. Henry Prize Stories, and The Best American Mystery Stories 2014. A native of West Virginia, he holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, where he is currently the writing coordinator. Honey from the Lion (Lookout, 2015) is his first novel, and his story collection, Allegheny Front (Sarabande, 2016) is forthcoming in May.



Neely Tucker is a veteran journalist who writes for the Washington Post. In the line of duty he's talked motorcycles with Billy Joel, sipped moonshine with blues guitarist Buddy Guy, and eaten at Applebee's with West Virginia billionaire Jim Justice. He is currently assigned to cover the 2016 U.S. Presidential campaign for the Post. We've asked him to share his insights about this highly unusual political season at the Lewisburg Literary Festival.

In addition to his feature stories for the Post, Neely writes books. His 2004 memoir, Love in the Driest Season, combines the story of his years covering civil wars and violent uprisings around the world with the story of his adoption of a young girl in Africa. His novels, The Ways of the Dead and Murder, D.C., are crime stories set in the capitol city.

A Mississippi native, Neely lives with his wife, three children and a Rottweiler just outside Washington. When he's not writing he's usually out for a long run, or riding his motorcycle, or sipping bourbon on his back porch, wishing Mississippi State and the New Orleans Saints would win more football games than they actually do.

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