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Kingsolver to keynote Hindman writers’ workshop

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HINDMAN—Noted author and Kentucky native Barbara Kingsolver will be the keynote speaker at Hindman Settlement School’s 36th annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop, July 28 to Aug. 2, along with several other talented writers.


Kingsolver is the author of 14 books and was named one the most important writers of the 20th Century by Writers Digest. In 2000 she received the National Humanities Medal for service through the arts. She has received multiple awards from the American Booksellers Association and the American Library Association, among many others. The Poisonwood Bible was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the Orange Prize, and won the national book award of South Africa. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle won numerous prizes including the James Beard award. In 2011, Kingsolver was awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for the body of her work. Her newest novel, Flight Behavior, was released in November.


Kingsolver will speak and sign books on Thursday night.


This year’s Appalachian Writers’ Workshop includes sessions on Appalachian literature, nonfiction, poetry, short story, memoir, novel and special sessions on songwriting and writing for film and new media. The sessions will be taught by a group of published writers who mentor workshop participants, both in groups and individually.


Each evening, workshop staff members will read from their works. Evening programs start at 7:30 pm (7 p.m. on Sunday) and are free and open to the public. All readings will be in the May Stone Building at Hindman Settlement School.


The evening schedule includes:


• Sunday, July 28, Silas House and Caroline Herring, followed by a Folk Dance


• Monday, July 29, Glenn Taylor, Karen Salyer McElmurray and Jack Wright


• Tuesday, July 30, George Ella Lyon, Alex Taylor and Tony Crunk


• Wednesday, July 31, Mark Powell, Holly Goddard Jones and Fenton Johnson


• Thursday, August 1, Jim Wayne Miller/James Still Keynote by Barbara Kingsolver


Following the Jim Wayne Miller/James Still address, there will be books available for sale, a book signing and reception.

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