Stellar mountain writers meet you on the rock
By Rob Neufeld
“We’ve invited authors who have made their mark in the literary world, using Appalachia as a backdrop for their stories,” Shannon Quinn-Tucker says about Chimney Rock State Park’s first “Writers on the Rock” author event, Sept. 7, 1 to 4 p.m.
For the price of admission that day, visitors will be treated to a heady mix of vistas and vocabulary.
“The Mountains Won’t Remember Us,” a novella by Robert Morgan—one of the guest authors—does not imply we don’t remember them, as the story’s narrator demonstrates, reflecting on the time before her husband’s World War II death, and on a life that had included trips to Chimney Rock.
Morgan’s characters live near Bearwallow Mountain, the setting lovingly evoked by a second guest author, Jeremy Jones, in his new book, “Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland.”
Eight other authors grace the rock, including Rose Senehi, whose novel, “Dancing on the Rock,” makes the history of the place its driving force; and Hendersonville-born Mark De Castrique, whose detective novels probe various Western North Carolina settings.
Novelists Wayne Caldwell (“Cataloochee”), Vicki Lane (“Signs in the Blood”), and Leanna Sain (“Return to Nowhere”) come from mountaintops to make the day top-flight. Plus, there are beloved Asheville authors Tommy Hays (“What I Came to Tell You”) and Heather Newton (“Under the Mercy Trees”).
Elizabeth Sims spices things up with “Tupelo Honey Café: Spirited Recipes from Asheville's New South Kitchen”; as does Eddie Cabbage with “poetry on demand.”
Diane Norman, Managing Editor of the Hendersonville Times-News, hosts the event, at which authors will autograph books, give readings, and be available for one-on-one chats.
Writers on the Rock is included with Park admission, which is $15 for adults; $7 for youth, ages 5-15; and free for children ages 4 and under. The park is located 45 minutes southeast of Asheville on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock. Call 800-277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.