Noted authors to attend Birchwood Center’s book fair

PICKENS — Well-known southern authors Patricia Sprinkle, Dot Jackson and George Singleton will be among those featured at the Birchwood Center’s 10th Annual Book and Author’s Fair Saturday, Sept. 20, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the fellowship hall of Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 West Main Street in Pickens.

Singleton is a Southern author who has written six collections of short stories, two novels, and an instructional book on writing fiction. He was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts, US & Canada.

Jackson’s book, Refuge, won the Appalachian Studies Association’s 2007 Weatherford Award, as well as the Appalachian Writers’ Association prize, the Appalachian Book of the Year. She was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the North Carolina Journalism Hall of Fame.

Sprinkle is a bestselling author who has published 20 mysteries, including the Thoroughly Southern Mystery series, four novels, and five non-fiction books, including Women who do too Much. She lives in Smyrna, Ga.

Writers and publishers who will be meeting with their public at the fair also include editorial teams with their books from Hub City Press in Spartanburg and the University of South Carolina Press and all who read books are invited to join with those who write them for a day of readings, book sales and signings, and getting acquainted.

Among the authors will be writers of memoirs, novels, children’s books, poetry and most genres. There will be readings throughout the day. Some authors will bring their first published volumes to sell and sign.

Begun by Birchwood Center for Arts and Folk Life in 2004, to provide a free, no-fees venue for regional writers who do not all have a place to sell their books, the fair has been held for several years at Table Rock State Park. But over the years, attendance and crowding have grown, so the decision was made to move into town. Pickens Presbyterian is already familiar to readers as the site of massive used book sales that support the local literacy program.

The event is open to the public and free to all. For additional information, call (864) 414-2465 or email