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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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New column: “We all need beauty of national parks”

Hi, folks!

Today’s column in The Greenville News is in celebration of the National Park Service, which celebrated its 99th birthday last month. It’s also about protecting and cherishing these uniquely American wild places.

If you’ve ever stepped foot in a National Park, forest, swamp, battlefield, or homesite, and breathed deep of the American experience, this column is for you.

To read, click here.

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Today’s column: “Just what are grown-ups afraid of?”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is the product of a dinner table conversation with my six year-old.

Hope y’all enjoy!

Read it here.

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New column: “All moms need a variety of mama-friends”

wonderwsToday’s column in The Greenville News is for all the mamas–and all the parents, male or female–going through this parenting journey.

Because no matter where we are on the journey, we need friends who’ve been there, friends who are there with us, and friends who aren’t quite there yet.

To read, click here.

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Sam Elliott is my boyfriend

cowboyOkay, so the title above is facetious. And also untrue. But you should all know how much I adore the actor Sam Elliott, and have since I was a child and saw him in the 1989 Christmas movie Prancer. (You’ll know this, especially, if you follow me on Facebook. Ha.)

Does it matter that he is the very same age as my father? No.

Does it matter that he’s been happily married to the actress Katharine Ross for 40 years. No.

I love him. I love his deep, sexy voice. His handlebar mustache. The way he wears a cowboy hat. The silver hair. The mischievous glint in his eyes.

I love him in every film he does. And yes, that includes Road House.

Which is all to say that there’s a new article about my boyfriend Sam Elliott out in The New York Times. It discusses his career, his three new indie films, and the fact that he’s so much more than that deep sexy voice. It’s a neat article about a true gentleman actor of the old school, and it’s worth reading.

To read, click here.

 

 

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New column: “We are drawn to the sea”

My family, on the way to the beach!

My family, on the way to the beach!

Today’s column in The Greenville News is a tribute to that favorite of summer activities: heading to the beach.

I wrote this column while I was lucky enough to be at the beach last week with my family. If you’re not able to spend time by the seashore this summer, I hope you can live vicariously through this!

To read, click here.

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Annual Birchwood Book & Author Fair on Sunday, August 9th

Keowee-Valley-screenI’m delighted to once again be a part of the Annual Birchwood Book & Author Fair, held this coming Sunday, August 9th from 2 – 5 p.m. in Pickens, South Carolina.

Sponsored by the Birchwood Center for Arts and Folklife, the Fair will be held Katherine Scott Crawford for Gville Newsin All Saints Hall at the Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main Street. The Fair highlights local and regional writers, historians, poets, and more–and their work. Lots of great books will be for sale, of course, and it’s a unique opportunity to have one-on-one time with authors … time that’s tough to get at other events.

Some writers will be reading from their work, and I plan to either read a bit from my newspaper column at The Greenville News, or from my historical novel-in-progress. I’ll have copies of my debut historical novel, Keowee Valley, available for purchase.

Why not take a Sunday drive up into the gorgeous and green South Carolina foothills, and have a visit with fellow book-lovers and writers? I sure hope to see y’all there.

For more info, including a list of the authors attending, click here.

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Today’s column: “The older people are right: It goes by so fast”

My daughter is turning 6 years old, so today’s new column in The Greenville News is for her.

Because the old people are right.

Wyliekinder3To read, click here.

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Today’s column: “But Mom, I’m bored!”

Today’s column in The Greenville News is for all the parents out there who’ve heard “I’m bored!” uttered, whined, or moaned at them this summer.

Down with boredom, I say!

To read, click here.

 

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All the Hoopla about “Go Set a Watchman”

There’s been quite a bit of hoopla surrounding the release of Harper Lee’s newly discovered first novel, Go Set a Watchman.

Folks are up in arms about how she has her characters talk about race, women, drinking–and the fact that ol’ Atticus Finch maybe isn’t as God-like as we want him to be.

I haven’t read Go Set a Watchman yet, so I don’t yet have an opinion on that aspect of the publication. But I do know that writing your first novel, especially when you’re young, ain’t easy. And as you age, as a writer and in real time, you learn things and you change. I’ll read it, for sure, in several months, after all the hoopla dies down a bit.

My writer-friend Kimberly Brock has some insightful and smart stuff to say about Ms. Lee, Atticus, Scout, and all the hoopla:

“Thinking about Harper Lee – Processing What’s Under Your Writer’s Bed”

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