Grassroots Saints and Honky Tonk Heroes
Sharyn McCrumb recently gave a lecture at the University of South Carolina Beaufort lecture on her award-winning novel St. Dale, the Canterbury Tales set in NASCAR, which was being studied by USC's Chaucer classes. (download flyer - pdf)
Chautauqua Writers Workshop
August 2010—Chautauqua Institute in western New York. Sharyn taught a writers workshop on "Using History and Folkore in the Contemporary Novel."
New "Nora Bonesteel" CD!
Appalachian folklore professor and story-teller Charlotte Ross, who was the inspiration for the Ballad novels' Nora Bonesteel, tells north Georgia ghost stories and legends on this CD, "The Legend Lady."
Faster Pastor Audio Rights Sold
The audio rights to Faster Pastor, co-authored by Sharyn McCrumb and Adam Edwards, have been sold to Recorded Books, which has also produced many of the earlier works by Sharyn McCrumb. http://www.recordedbooks.com.
The audio edition is not yet available, but we will keep you posted.
ALA Gala Tea
June 28, 2010—Sharyn spoke at the American Library Association's Gala Tea, held at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. She talked to librarians from all across the U.S. about her new Ballad novel The Devil Amongst the Lawyers and its focus on regional stereotyping used by the national media to sensationalize stories.
Sharyn and co-author Adam Edwards gave away 100 copies of Faster Pastor at the Washington D.C. Convention Center, site of the 2010 American Library Association National Convention. They are shown here with Illinois librarian Sharon Naylor, who was first inline for the book-signing.
The Devil Amongst The Lawyers
"This is a simple, powerful, and brilliant novel that should rank high on the bestseller list in days to come!"
- Historical Novel Review
The book's title comes from an old Scots fiddle tune that is known by several names, including "The Devil Amongst the Lawyers," and "Devil's Dream."
Celtic musician Richard Cunningham, right, of Birmingham, AL, plays the tune on mandolin.
To hear "The Devil Amongst the Lawyers," click the Play button in the audio player below.
Publisher's Web Site Updated
St. Martin's Press, the publisher of the new Ballad novel The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, includes a PHOTO TOUR of scenes from the novel, my book tour schedule, plus interviews, readings from the book, an essay on what's true in the novel, etc. Please visit: http://us.macmillan.com/thedevilamongstthelawyers
"Bookpage printed a nice review of The Devil Amongst the Lawyers, but they called it a suspense novel. Bookreporter.com called it a historical novel. It is SOUTHERN FICTION. (Or literary fiction. Or general fiction.) ~ Waiting for it to be termed a cookbook, a legal thriller, a dog training manual, and an allegorical biography of St. Thomas Aquinas... Sheesh."
St. Dale in Colleges and Secondary Schools
Sharyn McCrumb's novel St. Dale is being taught in colleges and secondary schools in six states as a supplementary text to Chaucer, or as a Southern novel in its own right. In November, she gave a program on using St. Dale as a text at the annual conference of the National Association of Teachers of English in San Antonio. To see her discussion of the cultural uses of a novel about NASCAR for English classes, see the paper on St. Dale.
Writers Workshops By Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb has taught writers workshops throughout the U.S. and in Europe.
Click here to learn more about lectures and workshops offered by Sharyn McCrumb.
Sharyn Selected as 2008 Virginia Women in History Honoree
Sharyn McCrumb was named a Virginia Woman of History at a reception on March 27, 2008 at the Libray of Virginia in Richmond. This honor, designed to recognize and honor the achievements of women who have made important contributions to Virginia and America, both past and present, recognized Sharyn McCrumb for her achievements in literature as a New-York Times best-selling Appalachian writer, who won the 2006 Library of Virginia People's Choice Award and the AWA Book of the Year Award for her NASCAR-themed novel St. Dale. McCrumb's other honors include: the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature given by the East Tennessee Historical Society; AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award; the Chaffin Award for Achievement in Southern Literature; the Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA's Best Appalachian Novel.
Hollywood Comes to the Blue Ridge
A film of Sharyn McCrumb's novel The Rosewood Casket is currently in production with LizCat Films. Roberto Schaefer (at right, looking at a house on Route 42 just past Newport), who is making his directorial debut on The Rosewood Casket, was nominated for a British Academy Award for cinematography for the Johnny Depp movie Finding Neverland, and he worked as cinematographer on Monsters Ball with Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton; The Kite Runner; and the recent James Bond film Quantum of Solace with Daniel Craig.
Articles by Sharyn McCrumb
Sharyn McCrumb's article on Tom Dooley (Tom Dula), originally published in Blue Ridge Country Magazine, has been reprinted in a new book: Making Notes Music in the Carolinas by Ann Wicker (Charlotte NC, Novello Press, 2008.) Click here for ordering information.
In the article, "Bound to Die," Sharyn McCrumb and a school friend met in Wilkes County, North Carolina and spent the day on the trail of legendary mountain murderer Tom Dula, made famous by the folk song "Hang Down your Head, Tom Dooley." Sharyn and David visited the graves, examined the scenes in case, the site of the hanging in Statesville, and they spent the day trying to figure out what really happened to Laura Foster on May 25, 1866. Read the article on the Blue Ridge Country Magazine web site.
Short Stories by Sharyn McCrumb are Featured in the Following New Publications:
The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
"The Vale of the White Horse," a short story by Sharyn McCrumb is featured in the anthology The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, edited by John Joseph Adams. For more information, and for details about pre-ordering, go to
Poe -- 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe
"Poe," a short story anthology of new stories in the Poe tradition, edited by Ellen Datlow (Solaris, 1999) has been named one of the best books of the year by the web-site Count Gore. The anthology contains Sharyn McCrumb's short story "The Mountain House" (a somber convergence of Cherokee gods, north Georgia Yuppies, and NASCAR.) Congratulations to Ellen Datlow, who is a wonderful editor, and to all the amazing writers whose work was featured in this anthology.
Poe one of the Best Books of the Year at Count Gore.
By Ellen Datlow
Has appeared on the bestseller pages in both the December and January issues of Locus.
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