Barbara Kingsolver to keynote Hindman writers’ workshop

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Barbara KingsolverHindman, KY—Noted author and Kentucky native, Barbara Kingsolver, will be the keynote speaker at Hindman Settlement School’s 36th Annual Appalachian Writers’ Workshop (July 28-Aug 2, 2013), continuing an extraordinary literary tradition that began more than a century ago.

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. The Lacuna won the Orange Prize for fiction.

Kingsolver established the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, the nation's largest prize for an unpublished first novel. 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 of 2012. She will speak and sign books on Thursday night.

For the past 35 years, many people have made the trek to Hindman to take part in a larger creative community connected by Appalachian culture and history. The Settlement School hosts annual weeklong workshops for writers and those interested in folk arts and culture. 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 talented group of published writers who mentor workshop participants, both in groups and individually. See the complete list of staff. The registration and manuscript deadline is May 3, 2013.

The Settlement School will also host its 36th Annual Appalachian Family Folk Week from June 9-15, 2013. This year will feature a number of talented musicians, dancers, storytellers and craftspeople. Among the featured staff this year, Raymond W. McLain will perform with Canadian harmonica whiz, Mike Stevens, five-time "Entertainer Of The Year" for Central Canada and an innovator of bluegrass harmonica. Stevens and McLain play a new and unique combination of musical styles reflecting their background in bluegrass, blues and old time country music. All evening performances and dances are open to the public.

Staff listings for both events are available online and registration materials will be available online soon.

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