Clarksville, TN – Here’s an open secret that you should know. The Clarksville Writers’ Conference at Austin Peay State University is not for writers alone. Avid readers are allowed too.
If you are addicted to mysteries like I am, you are probably familiar with the work of Sharyn McCrumb. In my humble opinion, her novel, She Walks These Hills, is one of the top ten best books I’ve ever read. It’s just one of the long list of great novels she has written.
Sharyn McCrumb going to be in Clarksville at the Authors’ Dinner on Thursday night (June 4th) at the new stadium and you can hear her for a mere $50.00 fee (you get to eat too!) If you hurry, you might just get a seat at the table. (Go to google and search “Clarksville Writers’ Conference 2015″ and sign up immediately!) Who knows when you’ll ever have this chance again?Some of the other speakers at the conference are superb writers as well. Amy Greene has been here before when her prize-winning book, Bloodroot, took center stage. She now has her second novel, Long Man, and you don’t want to miss what she has to say.
Amy has the distinction of having had her first book accepted by the first publisher where it was read. The odds of this happening to a writer who had not even had an article published prior to that is tantamount to being struck by lightning in a bed of marshmallows!
Long Man takes place in 1936 as TVA is planning to form a reservoir on the Long Man River, but many residents are unwilling to accept a buyout of their land. A three-year-old girl goes missing and her whereabouts begin a frantic search. Don’t miss this riveting book!
Nick Allen Brown is speaking this year. His first book, Field of Dead Horses, is about a family who train horses. On their farm is a field where race horses are buried. The characters in this book are unforgettable as Nick Brown weaves his magical descriptions into a mystery that is secreted within the plot.
His new book, The Astronaut of Bear Creek, tells the story of Jim Mayfield, a former astronaut who has become a recluse. Hiding away for ten years in Bear Creek Inn, Jim is available only to his sister who springs a surprise guest on him just prior to the arrival of a government representative who also pays an unexpected visit. Nick is a resident of a nearby Kentucky town, so be sure to meet this up and coming novelist while you can.
Ellen Kanervo, a retired professor for APSU and executive director of Clarksville/Montgomery County Arts and Heritage Development Council, has two books that should be in the homes of everyone in Montgomery County. C Is for Clarksville on the Cumberland features 10 authors, 31 artists and two designers and has netted $7,000 for community arts and heritage projects.
With Eleanor Williams, Minoa Uffelman, and Phyllis Smith, Ellen edited the Diary of Nannie Haskins. Local historian Eleanor Williams, author of several books on Montgomery County History, will also be speaking this year.
Books will also be available for purchase from the APSU Ann Ross Bookstore table just outside the conference rooms in Morgan University Center. Authors are generous with their time to sign your book and talk with you.
At 5:30pm on the night of the Authors’ Dinner, authors will be available for a special book signing. Don’t miss it.
See you at the conference right here in Clarksville on Thursday morning!
Visit the conference website at www.artsandheritage.us/writers for author bios, the conference schedule, registration information and more.