Appalachian author to give WRL talk

The Williamsburg Regional Library will explore Appalachian culture with a talk featuring Sharyn McCrumb, a New York Times bestselling author known for the “Ballad” series of novels.

McCrumb, an Appalachia native with a master’s degree in English from Virginia Tech, combines the history of her home area with crime mysteries in her novels. She released her latest work, “The Unquiet Grave,” in 2017.

McCrumb’s accolades include the Patricia Finn Award for Southern Fiction and the Mary Frances Hobb Prize for Southern Literature; the Library of Virginia also designated her a “Virginia Woman in History” for the historical value of her writing.

Following the talk, McCrumb will sign copies of her books, which will also be available for purchase.

"We're very excited to have Sharyn visit," Andrew Smith, WRL adult services librarian, said in a news release. "This is a unique opportunity to welcome an author whose books can be enjoyed on the beach or studied in college classrooms and whose passion and knowledge of Appalachia runs deep."

Want to go?

Sharyn McCrumb appears 7 p.m. Saturday at the Williamsburg Library. Free admission.

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