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Bibliophiles and local history buffs alike, get ready to celebrate the fourth annual Rose Glen Literary Festival taking place Saturday, February 23, 2013. Held at the Sevier campus at Walter State Community College (WSCC) from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., this popular festival highlights local authors, books and stories from the Sevierville, Tennessee area. Began as an event for local writers and their readers to be able to meet in person, the festival has expanded to include additional programs for attendees that celebrate the local culture. Come join some of East Tennessee’s best local writers in book signings, discussions and workshops relating to book-related topics. Past programs have included local culture workshops, cooking demonstrations and keynote speeches by various local authors.
This year’s keynote speaker is world-renowned forensic anthropologist and author Dr. Bill Bass. Dr. Bass is the founder of the University of Tennessee’s Anthropology Research Facility, and has authored more than 200 scientific publications during his career. He has also been honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Dr. Bass has also written an acclaimed memoir titled “Death’s Acre” about his illustrious career.
Additionally, the festival will include a presentation by Bill Landry, an actor, director and producer widely known for The Heartland Series, a historical television series focusing on East Tennessee.
Past local writers who have attended the Rose Glen Literary Festival include award-winning journalist Fred Brown, co-author of The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith, Veta King, author of History of Pigeon Forge and Images of America, Pigeon Forge and Steve Cotham, author of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
The festival is free to the public except for a special luncheon, which is $20.00 per person. The luncheon is catered by students enrolled in the highly respected WSCC Culinary Arts Program. To purchase luncheon tickets, contact the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-452-6411.