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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: “Say yes to summer adventures, big or small”

summer-landscape-denali-national-park-alaska-21062368Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about saying “yes” to any invitation–and adventure–the universe offers us this summer.

Also, it’s about the summer I was 19 and lived in Alaska.

To read, click here.

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New newspaper column: “Teacher appreciation”

teachingsuperheroesToday’s column in The Greenville News is for the teachers. In my case, for one in particular: my high school AP English teacher, Ms. Sue Wilson.

She’s the kind of teacher everyone wishes they had.

To read, click here.

 

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Today’s Newspaper Column: “There’s Nothing Like the Gift of a Good Dog”

OldBooMy best friend, trail partner, and near-constant companion for the past almost-12 years recently passed away. It’s still hard to say the words out loud. So, instead, I wrote about her.

Today’s column in The Greenville News is all about my life with my best friend–my dog, Scout. To read, click here.

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Weekly Recap: Blue Ridge Bookfest & My Baby Turns Two

With my dear friend Whitney, at the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

With my dear friend Whitney, at the 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest

It’s been a rough and wild couple of weeks, but there were two shining lights:

1.) The 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest in Flat Rock, North Carolina

I’d been invited to the Bookfest as an Author Presenter, and had a delightful time getting to know other authors, hearing from incredible writers like the famous war correspondent Joe Galloway, and more.

The Bookfest folks put me up Friday night at the lovely Northern Lights B&B in Flat Rock, where the owner

My bed--and wine--at the lovely Northern Lights B&B in Flat Rock, N.C.

My bed–and wine–at the lovely Northern Lights B&B in Flat Rock, N.C.

and manager, Linda, spoiled me rotten with fresh fruit and wine in my room.

 

My presentation–I talked about my historical novel, Keowee Valley, set in the area–was an absolute blast. I loved getting the chance to meet readers, spending time with old friends and making new ones. Several people had driven up from Greenville, South Carolina, and said they’d come because they read and enjoy the newspaper column that I write for The Greenville News every Thursday. What an honor and a treat to spend time with these fine folks!

Our newly-minted 2 year-old

Our newly-minted 2 year-old

2.) My baby girl, our Willa, turned TWO

We threw a family birthday party in the backyard for our rascally Bean. In attendance: both sets of grandparents, one great-aunt, one great-uncle, one aunt, one cousin, and us! It’s hard to believe she’s had two gloriously wild years on this planet. She makes our family whole.

Hope y’all are having a wonderful Spring, wherever you are.

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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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