Discover the World of Keowee Valley

Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer and college English teacher. She’s the author of Keowee Valley, an historical adventure set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and in the Cherokee country.

“A glorious debut from a gifted author.”
-Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of Big Stone Gap and The Shoemaker’s Wife

Keowee Valley is a terrific first novel by Katherine Scott Crawford–a name that should be remembered.”
-Pat Conroy, bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and South of Broad

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Enjoy the Keowee Valley Trailer

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Column for Thursday, April 17th

Here’s my newspaper column for today:

“Kindergarten registration brings back childhood memories”

Hope y’all enjoy!

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Column for April 10th: “Upcountry a treasure trove of rich Cherokee history”


Map of the Colonial Carolinas

Did you know that one of the most powerful native tribes in North America once made its home in the Upstate of South Carolina? I became entranced by the history and culture of the Cherokee Indians as a child, and I made them a major part of my first novel.

Today, they’re in my newest newspaper column. Check it out here.

I do hope you enjoy it! (And if you do, I hope you’ll share.)

Happy Thursday, all!

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New Column: “Got spring fever? Head out to the woods”

JoyceKilmerMy newest newspaper column is up. Find it here.

This one’s about spring fever, hiking, family life, and Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest. Hope you enjoy!

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Book Talk on Sunday, Mar. 30th in Mountain Rest

Happy Friday, all!

I’m getting excited about my Book Talk on Sunday at the Mountain Lake Grill in beautiful Mountain Rest, South Carolina. I’ll be chatting with guests about Keowee Valley and its Cherokee background, which is especially fun for me since the novel is set in the area just before the Revolutionary War. The event is being sponsored by the Oconee County Public Library, the Oconee Heritage Center, and the Museum of the Cherokee in South Carolina. It’s FREE and open to the public!

Mountain Rest is in a gorgeous part of the South Carolina Upcountry, so if you’ve got a hankering to head for the hills on Sunday, I hope you’ll drop by. I hear the Mountain Lake Grill serves up good food, and signed copies of Keowee Valley will be available after the talk.

For more info about the event, go here.



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My Column for March 27, 2014 – “Spring cleaning means sharing books”

Katherine Scott Crawford for Gville News

Paula Player Photography

For a peak at today’s newspaper column, “Spring cleaning means sharing books,” go here.

Anybody else have a book problem? Or dreams of a fantasy library? Or, for that matter, a spouse who makes you give away your books?

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Newspaper Column for Mar. 20, 2014: “To ma’am or not to ma’am?”

Hi, all!

Here’s the link to my newest column in The Greenville News, “To ma’am or not to ma’am.”

I’m interested in how y’all were raised. Did you say “ma’am” and “sir” growing up? Did or do you teach your kids to? Is this a cultural thing? Oh, the trials of teaching manners to preschoolers….

Hope you enjoy, and if you do, please share!

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Link to Newspaper Column for March 13, 2014

Hi, all.

Here’s the link to my newest column, “Mom doesn’t feel much like springing foward.” Basically, Daylight Savings Time did a number on me, my girls, and my dog.




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Q&A at Let Them Read Books

Hi, folks!

There’s a brand new Q&A with me and blogger Jenny Q. over at her fabulous book blog, “Let Them Read Books.” In it, we talk about Keowee Valley, Quinn and Jack, the South Carolina frontier and the challenges of historical research, and what I’m working on now.

Jenny’s also doing a book giveaway of Keowee Valley–there’ll be paperback copies for two U.S. readers, and eBook copies for two international readers! All you have to do is leave a comment in the comments section of the blog. The giveaway is open until 11:59 p.m. on March 25th.

Free books! It doesn’t get much better than that.

I hope you enjoy and share. And if you love historical fiction, you should follow “Let Them Read Books.” Jenny is awesome–funny, thorough and smart, and so is her blog.

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Newspaper Column for Mar. 6th – “Well Done, Sister Suffragette!”

My newest newspaper column is up at The Greenville News!

I’m particularly proud of this one, which celebrates Women’s History Month, Mary Poppins, and the suffragettes.

I hope you enjoy it. And if you do, I hope you’ll share!

Have a wonderful weekend, all.

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What I’m Giving Up for Lent

For Lent this year, I’ve decided to give up three things. They are as follows:

1. Cheddar cheese

This is a true test of my discipline. I am a cheese-aholic. Just ask my husband. But I am weak, and didn’t think I could give up cheese entirely for 40 days. So it’s the cheddar that’s getting the ax.

2. Zulily

Have you checked out this discount site for moms, babies and kids? I hesitate to even mention it, it’s so addicting. It’s got clothes for you and the little (and not so little) ones, shoes (my major fashion weakness), home goods, playground equipment, kitchenware, and so much more. Too many Zulily packages have been arriving at my door lately. And so it’s no shopping–window or otherwise–for me until after Easter.

3. Facebook

I’m actually not on Facebook that much. However, a good friend gave me the idea of giving it up for Lent. So, I’m setting it aside for the duration. One caveat: I will post every Thursday, and only on Thursday, when my newest newspaper column comes out. Girl’s got to put food on the table.

But today is Fat Tuesday, so I hope you all eat, drink, and are very merry! Catch you on the flip side.


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