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Sharyn McCrumb is a North Carolina native and New York Times best-selling author.

LENOIR – “New York Times” best-selling author and North Carolina native Sharyn McCrumb will present a program on her “Appalachian Ballad” novels from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Tybrisa Book Store at 210 NW Main St. in Lenoir.

She will discuss the crafting of her novels and her adventures along the way and sign books after her presentation. Her works will be available for purchase.

McCrumb is an award-winning author of a number of books set in western North Carolina, including three novels featuring Caldwell and Wilkes counties: “Ghost Riders,” “King’s Mountain” and “The Ballad of Tom Dooley.” “The Ballad of Frankie Silver,” the story of the first woman hanged for murder in North Carolina in 1833, is set in Burke County. “The Songcatcher” focuses on the author’s colonial ancestor Malcolm McCourry, who was kidnapped as a child from Scotland, fought in the American Revolution and later settled in Yancey County in North Carolina.

“Ghost Riders” won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book.

McCrumb was named a “Virginia Woman of History” by the Library of Virginia and a “Woman of the Arts” by the national Daughters of the American Revolution. She was awarded the Mary Hobson Prize for Arts and Letters in 2014. Her books have been named “New York Times” and “Los Angeles Times” Notable Books.

Her latest novel, “The Unquiet Grave,” is a carefully researched retelling of a true West Virginia ghost story. The book recalls the details of an 1897 trial that is recognized as the only case in America in which a man was convicted of murder based on the testimony of his victim’s ghost. The novel was chosen as a selection for “North Georgia Reads” by the Georgia Public Library System, and as the “All Conference Read” for the West Virginia State Library Conference at the Greenbrier Resort in 2017.

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