On The Same Page Literary Festival

September 17 - 21, 2019
Schedule of Events
On The Same Page literary festival

All Festival events are open to the public. Most are free, but some require reservations and/or tickets due to limited seating. There is a nominal charge for the Literary Trails Luncheon. Please call 336-846-2787 for tickets, reservations and details. Check OnTheSamePageFestival.org for last minute schedule changes and updates. Plan to arrive a few minutes early to all events in order to be seated prior to the beginning of the programs.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 8

1:00 p.m. Exploring the Intimate Heart of Beth Macy’S Dopesick

This is a book of awesome reportage, but at its heart, it is a story about families and individuals who are fighting, loving, using, and losing, in the midst of the opioid epidemic. Join us as we discuss Macy’s introduction to Tess Henry, a young mother and poet, and hear a first-person account of addiction and recovery from a local community member. Ashe County Public Library.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

1:00 p.m. Festival Read Wrap-up Session. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors and the Drug Company that Addicted America, by Beth Macy

In addition to a general discussion of the book, we’ll place focus on “Banishing the Stigma.” Ashe County Public Library.

3:00 p.m. Author Reading: Robert Gipe

Author of the 2015 Weatherford Award-winning novel, Trampoline, his first, Gipe’s second novel, Weedeater, was released in 2018. Ashe County Public Library.

6:30-8:30 p.m. Workshop: Robert Gipe. Part I - Writer’s Workshop: “A Character-Building Experience.”

Workshops will focus on character development and how character development drives plot. There also will be discussion of voice and using illustrations. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Registration is limited and a reservation is required. Ashe County Public Library.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

8:30 AM. Writer’s Workshop: Alan Michael Parker.

Someone smarter than I am once said, “Reality is a poor excuse for fiction.” This hands-on workshop—for writers of all genres—will test this theory by investigating the relationship between experience and the imagination. Memory, truth, storytelling... everything will relate (somehow). All levels. Bring paper, pen and a willingness to play. Ashe County Public Library.

11:00 AM. PT Deutermann.

Author of 21 novels, and The Nugget, to be released in October 2019, Deutermann began writing fiction in 1990. His talk is a special feature presented by the Friends of the Ashe County Public Library.

2:00 PM. AJ Mayhew.

Riveted by her debut novel,The Dry Grass of August, the On the Same Page Festival committee has invited Mayhew back to share her second novel, Tomorrow’s Bread, which was released in March 2019. Ashe County Public Library.

6:30-8:30 PM. Robert Gipe. Part II - Writer’s Workshop: “A Character-Building Experience.”

Workshops will focus on character development and how character development drives plot. There also will be discussion of voice and using illustrations. Beginning and experienced writers are welcome. Registration is limited and a reservation is required. Ashe County Public Library.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

9:30 AM. Stephanie Powell Watts.

Watts, a Lenoir, North Carolina native, will discuss and read from her novel, No One is Coming to Save Us, winner of the 2018 NAACP Image Award. Ashe County Public Library.

12:00/NOON. Literary Trails Luncheon: Georgann Eubanks.

Eubanks takes us down more of North Carolina’s fascinating and delicious “Literary Trails” based on her experiences in writing the 3-part Literary Trails of North Carolina series, as well as The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods. Boxed lunches are provided for a nominal charge. Reservations are required. Ashe County Public Library.

2:00 PM. Ronni Lundi.

Lundi’s will whet our appetites for good ‘ol Southern food as she discusses and reads from Victuals, winner of the 2017 James Beard Foundation Book of the Year Award. Ashe County Public Library.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

9:30 AM. Jaki Shelton Green.

Poet, teacher and community arts advocate, Green currently serves as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. Author of eight poetry collections, she will read and discuss selections from her poetry. Ashe County Public Library.

12:00/NOON. Lunch with an Author.

Join some of our 2019 Authors for lunch and more a time of more intimate discussion and sharing. More information will be shared as the Festival is closer and authors/restaurants are confirmed. Various Restaurants in Downtown West Jefferson.

2:30 PM. Jaki Shelton Green. Writer’s Workshop: “The Poet Witnesses: Writing Documentary Poetry.”

Green will examine the documentary poetry samplers of Forche, Tretheway, Smith, as well as her own. Why does history matter to the poem? What does it mean when a poet weaves personal, narratives with more traditional documentary modes such as exposition, interview, witness and persona? All levels and all genres are welcome. Participants will engage in writing and discussing documentary poems. Bring writing instruments of your choice – pen, paper, pencil, tablet, computer, etc. Ashe County Public Library.

7:30 PM. Beth Macy.

Macy is the author of three New York Times-bestselling non-fiction works, including this year’s Festival Read, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and The Drug Company That Addicted America. She will read and discuss this instant bestseller and add to our understanding of this critical issue facing our county, our state and our nation. Ashe Arts Center.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

8:30 AM. Page Turners Breakfast.

For On the Same Page Festival donors. Join us by becoming a donor today! Ask how. Reservations required. Sweet and Savory Bakery and Cafe.

11:00 AM. Diane Chamberlain.

Chamberlain will read from and discuss her latest novel, The Dream Daughter and perhaps share a little about the novel she is currently working on, Big Lies in a Small Town, set in Edenton, North Carolina. Ashe County Public Library.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29

1 pm. Dopesick: A Panel of Professionals Speaks Out.

Many professionals encounter challenges related to substance misuse in the course of their work. Join us for the opportunity to hear the perspective of local professionals on the effects of opioid use in our community. Ashe County Public Library.