Sharyn McCrumb, New York Times Best Selling Author, will be at the Abingdon Muster Grounds on September 22, 2013, from 2:30 – 5:00 pm, where she will read from her newest Ballad novel, King’s Mountain. While at the northern trailhead of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, attendees will have the opportunity to meet Sharyn McCrumb, purchase the new novel, and have it autographed. Artists, musicians, and re-enactors will be a part of the event.
Best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, including the New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, McCrumb’s next novel, King’s Mountain, tells the story of the 1780 Revolutionary War battle and the Overmountain Men. It will be published in September 2013 by St. Martins Press, NY.
Having authored such book as She Walks These Hills, The Rosewood Casket, The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, St. Dale, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, McCrumb has received many honors. She was named a “Virginia Woman of History” in 2008 for Achievement in Literature and was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the White House in 2006. McCrumb was a finalist for the Weatherford Award for Appalachian fiction, won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award and also won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature given by the East Tennessee Historical Society. She was honored as the Writer of the Year at Emory & Henry College in 2005, won the Audie Award for Best Recorded Book, received the AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award; the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature; the Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel. She was recently named “Best Mountain Writer 2013” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine.
Living historians will be onsite representing the Overmountain Victory Trail Association, Virginia Chapter-OVTA, Blacks Fort Chapter-Daughters of the American Revolution, and General William Campbell Chapter-Sons of the American Revolution. During the event, historic artist Richard Luce will unveil his newest painting about the Overmountain Men. The 3’x6’ oil painting depicts Colonel William Campbell leading the Overmountain Men in the initial charges during the Battle of Kings Mountain. The painting has approximately 100 figures in it.
Steve Ricker, frontier and native artist, will have an array of his museum quality pieces. Trae McMaken, fiddler and storyteller, will play period music. Attendees of the event will also have the opportunity to visit the Keller Interpretive Center which houses the new exhibits about the Overmountain campaign and victory. Within the exhibits are artifacts from backcountry Virginia and the Battle of Kings Mountain. Hike a portion of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, and enjoy light refreshments and period music.