NC Literary Hall of Fame




ASHEVILLE—Due to an unavoidable conflict, the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference will not open with a Keynote Address by bestselling, prize-winning North Carolina novelist Ron Rash, who has had to cancel his appearance.

Instead, the conference will open with a Keynote Conversation with bestselling, prize-winning North Carolina novelist Charles Frazier.

This Keynote Conversation with Charles Frazier will be on Friday, November 8, at 8:00 pm, at the Doubletree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore.

Charles Frazier grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Cold Mountain (1997), his highly acclaimed first novel, was an international bestseller, won the National Book Award in 1997, and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by Anthony Minghella in 2003. Charles's second novel, Thirteen Moons (2006), was a New York Times bestseller and named a best book of the year by The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His third novel, Nightwoods (2011), also a New York Times bestseller, is a critically acclaimed literary thriller set in a fictional Western North Carolina town in the early 1960s.

Charles's latest novel, Varina, an instant New York Times bestseller released in April of 2018, is a fictional reimagining of the life of Varina Howell Davis before, during, and after the American Civil War.

Margaret D. Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, the Ralph Hardee Rives Chair of Southern Literature in the Department of English at East Carolina University, and a trustee of the North Carolina Writers' Network, will facilitate the conversation during Charles Frazier's Keynote Address.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2019 Fall Conference is a full weekend of sessions and workshops on the craft and business of writing, including fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, the business of books, and more. Additional programming includes a world premiere of poems set to music by the Asheville-based ensemble Pan Harmonia; readings by veterans from the anthology Brothers Like These, hosted by former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti; faculty readings; open mics; and more.

Pre-registration for the NCWN 2019 Fall Conference ends November 1.

Register here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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