A Moveable Feast

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Article Published: Jul. 5, 2012 | Modified: Aug. 5, 2012
A Moveable Feast

Rita Mae Brown, mystery writer, foxhunter and gay rights activist, will appear at the High Country Festival of the Book’s Moveable Feast at the Meadowbrook Inn Aug. 4.
Photo courtesy ritamaebrown.com

In his memoir, “A Moveable Feast,” Paris was Ernest Hemingway’s chosen setting for his tales of a stimulating life.

The High Country Festival of the Book is making the town of Blowing Rock the setting for a new “Movable Feast,” a gala dinner to cap off a weekend of literary events.

The Movable Feast takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4. Tickets to the fundraiser are $100 per person.

Advance purchase is required by July 20. Tickets are available online through PayPal at http://www.highcountryfestivalofthebook or by check or cash at the Watauga County Public Library Circulation Desk, 140 Queen St., Boone.

The sponsor, Friends of the Watauga County Public Library, is a nonprofit and approximately $70 of the $100 ticket price is tax deductible.

At the feast, it’s the authors who will move from table to table, so guests will talk with all 10 of the festival’s featured authors.

Diners will meet New York Times best-selling mystery author Rita Mae Brown; award-winning Oprah Pick and Robert Morgan; critically acclaimed and witty memoirist Wade Rouse; RT top pick for her mysteries, Gayle Trent; Casey Clabough, general editor of the James Dickey Review and winner of the Emma Belle Miles Prize; Best Short Fiction of 2007 and Hemingway Foundation and PEN Award finalist Stephanie Powell Watts; Bob Watts, internationally acclaimed poet and Stanza’s Prize winner; James W. Hall, whose detective novels have won both the Shamus and the Edgar awards; and the latest awardee from the International Association of Culinary Professionals, Sheri Castle.
Tamra Wilson, winner of the Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction and author of “Dining with Robert Redford,” will make the introductions.

“An evening of great company requires a fine dinner to enhance it, and the Meadowbook Inn is pulling out all the stops,” an event official said.

Guests will choose from a selection of mountain trout, crepes Florentine, or roast pork as their entrée.

The Movable Feast will include an auction of the painting “Fairy Tale” by Stephanie Welden, featured in festival posters and promotions, and a book basket raffle and prizes.

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