Carolina Mountains Literary Festival Keynote Event featuring David Joy

Carolina Mountains Literary Festival brings authors, readers, writers together each year in beautifull Burnsville, NC.

7 p.m. Keynote Event with author David Joy @ Town Center Legacy Room

The History Of All Places: A Discussion of Identity and Belonging

Registration required. $25 

When a Peabody Award-winning filmmaker asked David Joy to tell the story of the place he lives and writes about for a PBS documentary series, Joy responded simply, “That is not my story to tell.” Instead he introduced the filmmaker to a Cherokee novelist who took him to Kituwah; he led him to a sanctuary to speak with the congregation of a 130-year-old Black church; they walked the last pieces of land that had remained in one family for more than two centuries. By the end, what Joy says he took away was an understanding that, “The history of all places is a story of displacement.” As a twelfth-generation North Carolinian, Joy understands well what it means to be rooted to place. For five novels, his work has been centered very specifically in the mountains of Jackson County, North Carolina where he writes on themes of family and culture, identity and loss. Join David Joy and AMY Regional Library Director Amber Westall Briggs as they take a deep dive into these subjects and more in an attempt to better understand our relationships with the mountains we hold so dear. What does it mean to belong to a land? And how do we hold onto ourselves when the ground that defines us shifts beneath our feet?


Visit the Carolina Mountain Litfest website to learn more about the festival and register for the keynote event with David Joy.  Note that schedules may change. Check the website before attending.

Please click here to order the featured books with 10% of all sales donated back to the CMLitFest. You'll also find us at the festival in the Town Center pop-up bookstore. 

Event address: 
Town Center Legacy Room
Burnsville, NC