Rose Glen Literary Festival scheduled

Book lovers are set to gather in Sevierville for a celebration of local books, authors, and stories at the annual Rose Glen Literary Festival to be held February 23, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Walter State Community College's Sevier campus.

Sevierville Chamber of Commerce special projects facilitator and event organizer Carroll McMahan said he is pleased with the growing popularity of the event, which includes vendors, book signings, and workshops on book-related topics. The festival is free to the public except for the mid-day luncheon catered by students of the well-known WSCC Culinary Arts Program. Cost for the luncheon is $20.

Forensic anthropologist and author Dr. Bill Bass is scheduled to speak at the 2013 Rose Glen Literary Festival in Sevierville on February 23. File photo by Laura Long/Sevierville Business Journal.

This year’s featured speaker is Dr. Bill Bass, a world-renowned forensic anthropologist, who founded the University of Tennessee's Anthropology Research Facility, “The Body Farm.”  He is the author or coauthor of more than two hundred scientific publications, as well as a critically acclaimed memoir about his career, titled Death's Acre.   Dr. Bass is also a dedicated teacher, honored as National Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. 

The WSCC Sevier campus, located in Sevierville, sits on a 67-acre parcel of land donated by librarian Mrs. Reese Ripatti, whose family owned the historic Rose Glen homestead. The beauty and history of the Rose Glen home is what inspired the name of the literary festival.

To purchase tickets for the festival luncheon, call Carroll McMahan at the Sevierville Chamber of Commerce at 865-453-6411.
Local writers attending the Rose Glen Literary Festival in the past have included award-winning journalist Fred Brown (co-author of “The Serpent Handlers: Three Families and Their Faith”) retired FBI agents Robert Allen and Steve Watson (co-authors of “The Perry’s Camp Murders”) J.C. and Margaret McCauley (co-authors of “Growing Up in Cade’s Cove”), Greg Johnson (“Sanctuary”), Cathy Wilhem (“Inside the Darkness, a Walk Through Grief”), Ersa Rhea Smith (“Flying Bullets and the Resplendent Badge”), Emma Catlett and Glenna Julian (“Kodak Historical Cookbook”), Laura Long Martin (“A Beautiful View: Reflections on Bluff Mountain, Tennessee Matriarch Marian E. Oates”), Veta King (“History of Pigeon Forge” and “Images of America, Pigeon Forge”), Lyn Bales (“Natural Histories” and “Ghost Birds”), Mary Phillips (“Booger: A Tall Tale”), Eric Ball (“Blue Mountain Mist Cookbook”), Donnie Lamon (“Riding to Newport”), Dr. Bruce Wheeler (“A Mountain City in the New South”), Jack Hodge, Arthur McDade (“Smoky Mountain Days” and “The Natural Arches of Big South Fork”) and Steve Cotham (“Great Smoky Mountains National Park”).



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