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Article Published: Jul. 3, 2013 | Modified: Sep. 22, 2013

On the Same Page, Ashe County’s literary festival, celebrates its sixth year in 2013 with award-winning authors and plans for a time filled with reading, a book fair, writing workshops, a farmers’ market, quilts and more.

“We build on what we’ve learned from our festivalgoers in years past and bring something really special for book lovers and writers,” said Jane Lonon, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council.

This year’s festival is scheduled for Tuesday through Saturday, Sept. 17 to 21, and features the theme of secrets.

“The 2013 On the Same Page festival promises to be our most exciting yet,” Lonon said, “starting with an exceptional group of authors who will share their work to the special events and opportunities that will take place throughout the festival. Ashe County is the place to be this September for those who enjoy the arts and the spectacular landscapes of North Carolina’s mountains in the fall.”

Authors who will read from their works, participate in question and answer sessions, talk with fans at “lunch with an author” events, and/or serve on a panel for a special discussion at venues across West Jefferson include:

North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti, writer of six books of poetry and two novels and winner of the Novello Literary Award and the Spokane Prize. Bathanti is also a professor of creative writing at Appalachian State University;

Emily Colin’s first novel is “The Memory Thief.” She’s also the associate director of DREAMS of Wilmington, an arts nonprofit organization, and the former editor-in-chief of Coastal Carolina Press and a co-founder of Carolina Women’s Partnership;

Kevin Duffus, an author, filmmaker and investigative journalist focusing on maritime history, will discuss his new book, “War Zone: World War II Off the North Carolina Coast.”

Elliot Engel is one of the most sought-after and loved speakers on literature. For this year’s festival, he’ll present “Sherlock Holmes,” in keeping with this year’s focus on secrets.

Georgann Eubanks is a writer, teacher and favorite of the festival. She’ll talk about her book series, “Literary Trails of North Carolina” and, along with photographer Donna Campbell, will present the workshop, “Art of the Interview.”

Amy Greene’s debut novel set in the Appalachian region is “Bloodroot.” Her next book, “Long Man,” is forthcoming.

The festival will be preceded in August by a community read of Dot Jackson’s “Refuge.” Jackson will kick off the festival with a discussion of her book on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

D.G. Martin is the longtime host of UNC-TV’s premiere literary program, “North Carolina Bookwatch.” This year, he will talk about all things literary in North Carolina with festivalgoers.

Karen Musgrave is a quilt-maker, teacher and writer, whose first book, “Quilts in the Attic: Uncovering the Hidden Stories of the Quilts We Love,” will be featured in partnership with the Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild show ongoing during the festival.

Stephen Shoemaker and Janet Pittard teamed up to present a series of Shoemaker’s paintings and drawings and the stories behind them in their just-published book, “Stephen Shoemaker: The Paintings and Their Stories.” The two will attend the farmers’ market on Saturday to talk about this year’s big Ashe County book release.

For more information about the festival’s history, about Ashe County and more, visit

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