Discover the World of Keowee Valley

Katherine Scott Crawford is an award-winning writer, newspaper columnist, 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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Headed to Flat Rock for the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

bookfestI’m headed to Flat Rock, N.C. for the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest, held today and tomorrow (April 24-25) on the campus of Blue Ridge Community College.

I’m thrilled to be presenting along with such fabulous authors–many of them NYT best-sellers. The Keynote Speaker, retired war and foreign correspondent Joe Galloway (author of We Were Soldliers…) is speaking at a reception tonight, and I can’t wait! Tommy Hays (What I Came to Tell You), Karen White (The House on Tradd Street), Terry Kay (To Dance With a White Dog) and others will also be presenting.

Because I’m a Speaker, the fine folks with the Bookfest are putting me up for the night in a local B&B. Suffice it to say, I’m also pretty doggoned excited about a night in a room by myself. I may read! More likely I’ll be grading my college students’ final essays of the semester, but a girl can dream.

The Bookfest is FREE and open to the public. For the Bookfest schedule and more information about the Speakers and events, click here.

 

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New column: “Celebrate Earth Day by reaffirming connections to each other”

My girls, off to learn about plants with their aunt and great-aunt

My girls, off to learn about plants with their aunt and great-aunt

It’s Earth Day! Hooray!

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about celebrating our connections to the land and to each other. To read it, click here.

Wherever you live, there’s a great big natural world waiting. I know you can find it. Get outside!

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Review of the First Annual Working Writers Reading

A great review of the First Annual Working Writers Reading–wherein Jubal Tiner, Ken Chamlee and I read from published and in-progress work–made the front page of Brevard College’s newspaper, The Clarion.

The title of the piece, “Working writers reading a sweaty success,” seems awkward and a little funny. Let it be known that it was hot in the room.

We had a great time, and the students and literature-loving community members who came out certainly acted like they did, too!

To read the review, click here.

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Today’s column: “Spring break makes a good hometown holiday”

homesweethomeToday’s column in The Greenville News is all about the simple pleasures in staying home for Spring Break.

To read, click here.

 

 

 

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New Review of Keowee Valley + Upcoming Events

Keowee-Valley-screenThere’s a new review of my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, in BlueRidgeNow–the online version of the Hendersonville Times-News.

Though the novel was published in 2012, I’m excited that people are still writing and talking about it! Especially regionally and locally, since it’s set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and within the ancient boundaries of the Cherokee country. My characters literally travel ancient game trails and footpaths from Charleston, SC all the way through the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smokies, into the deepest part of the Cherokee nation.

Also thrilled to be talking about Keowee Valley, history, historical adventure and more, at the upcoming 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest, held April 24 – 25th in Flat Rock, NC. The line-up of writers is an incredible one: Joe Galloway, Tommy Hays, Karen White, Terry Kay, and more!

For the novel review, click here.

For more information about the Blue Ridge Bookfest, click here.

 

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Today’s column: “Lessons of Civil War still relevant today”

From The Center for Civil War Photography (civilwarphotography.org)

From The Center for Civil War Photography (civilwarphotography.org)

Today–April 9, 2015–marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. So that’s what my column’s about in The Greenville News.

To read, click here.

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New column: “Anything you can do, I can better”

Wonder Woman, age 3

Wonder Woman, age 3

This week’s column in The Greenville News is all about growing up a girl, raising girls, gender inequity, and more. But the question I want to know is, does “the war between the sexes” start in kindergarten?

Read it here.

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The Working Writers Reading – Thursday, April 9 at Brevard College

Hi, folks. Dropping in to let y’all know that I’ll be reading some of my published work and work-in-progress next week at Brevard College.

Details:

The Working Writers Reading

  • With Ken Chamlee (poet), Jubal Tiner (short stories) and Katherine Crawford (that’s me! Novel & creative nonfiction)
  • Thursday, April 9th
  • 7:00 p.m. at Brevard College, McLarty-Goodson Room 125

All three of us reading are professors of English and Creative Writing at Brevard College in Brevard, N.C. (I’m an adjunct.)

About my co-readers:

kensbookKen Chamblee’s poems have appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals, including The Asheville Poetry Review and The Greensboro Review. His most recent book of poems, Logic of the Lost, was published by Longleaf Press.

Jubal Tiner is editor of The Pisgah Review and the author of The Waterhouse, ajubalsbook book of interconnected short stories. Says author Steve Almond, “In The Waterhouse, Jubal Tiner traces the intersecting fate of three boyhood friends as they navigate the world of masculinity and its discontents. These stories are bristling with a fierce wisdom, masterfully written, and emotionally fearless. Tiner is a writer to watch.”

I do hope if you’re in the area, you’ll come out!

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What to Read Right Now: Essays & Stories By Authors I Know

Looking for something new, wonderful, wild, funny, tragic, weird, and/or gorgeous to read? Well, I’ve got some great stuff to share.

Caveat: the following essays and short stories are all by writer-friends of mine who are, like me, also graduates of the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing program. Every semester I was astounded by the talent coming out of the program, and these writers are proof of it.

I’m only providing tidbits of information about this wonderful writers, so please be sure to check out their websites and Facebook pages for more information about them and their other published works. And since VCFA grads tend to publish prolifically, I’ll try to keep this post updated as I learn of more.

Enjoy!

1. “Old Men Dying Young” by Jason Arment

Jason’s essay in Burrow Press Review is about his time serving as a Marine Machine Gunner in Afghanistan–and so much more. I’ve read this several times since it came out, and it strikes at different chords in my intellect and heart each time.

2. Loss Angeles by Mathieu Cailler

Loss Angeles is Mathieu’s debut book of short stories, published by Short Story America. From the publisher: “In this superb debut collection of short stories, Mathieu Cailler weaves tales which bring to life the deeply-human experience with loss and its range of outcomes. From loneliness to recovered relationships, from despair to redemption, from heartbreak to humor, these fifteen stories illuminate the sadness, bewilderment, conflict and ultimate hope which can come from each human being’s inevitable encounters with loss.” For more about Mathieu, check him out on Facebook.

3. “Death cafe: tea, cake, and talk about the end” by Amy Wallen 

Amy’s piece in San Diego Beat is full of her trademark wit and insight. For more of Amy’s wonderful stories, check out her web site and/or (definitely and) buy her L.A. Times bestselling novel, MoonPies and Movie Stars. MoonPies and Movie Stars “is a laugh out loud romp across America [that] pits a fiesty Texas momma against the Hollywood machine.”

4. “Batty’s Wig Bears Witness” by Sophfronia Scott

Sophfronia’s current piece in Sleetmagazine.com is told–no kidding–from the perspective of, and in the voice of, a wig. Be forewarned: it’s a little edgy. Sophfronia is also the author of All I Need to Get By, published by St. Martin’s Press. For more of Sophfronia’s work, check out her website

5. “Doll Baby” by Amanda Forbes Silva

Amanda is a stunning writer of creative nonfiction. Her essay Riding Light Review is about sisterhood, childhood, life. Check out her newest work and more about Amanda at her website. (I’m a particular fan of “Trouper,” her essay about childhood, control, and learning from her mama, in biostories.

6. “Halfway House” by Rachel Groves

Rachel’s story appears in the current issue of Beloit Fiction Journal. To get it, you’ve got to buy the issue. But let me assure you, it’ll be worth it. Rachel is a crazy-good writer–and also happens to be the funniest person I know. She really needs a website, too. You listening, Rachel?

7. In the Meantime by Rowena Karenen

South Carolina Poet Laurette Marjory Wenworth calls Rowe’s book of poems “[a] heartfelt collection”  that “reads like a litany of affirmations and a celebration of the ordinary things we take for granted every day. There is sadness here; of course, but it is handled wish wisdom and compassion. We read poems to remember what makes us human, and Rowena Carenen’s, In The Meantime, A Collection of Poems, is a virtual manual for how to live a good life. Read these poems and learn how to savor every moment!”

Happy Reading, folks!

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New newspaper column: “Spring cleaning ‘ain’t no joke’”

Erma Bombeck

Erma Bombeck

This week’s newspaper column is up at The Greenville News. It’s all about Spring cleaning–or not. With a few sage tidbits from Louisa May Alcott, Phyllis Diller, and Erma Bombeck.

To read, click here.

Happy Spring!

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