• Ann Hood and Julia Ridley Smith on May 22. Hood, author of “Fly Girl” and “Comfort: A Journey Through Grief,” is a two-time Pushcart Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author. Ridley Smith, author of “The Sum of Trifles,” is the 2021-22 Kenan Guest Writer at UNC-Chapel Hill.
Other authors include Phoebe Zerwick, “Beyond Innocence: The Life Sentence of Darryl Hunt,” about a Winston-Salem man wrongfully convicted of murder who later became a national social justice advocate; David Wright Falade, “Black Cloud Rising,” a historical novel about former slaves turned Union infantry during the Civil War; and Kathryn Schulz, “Lost & Found,” a memoir about losing her father and finding the love of her life.
“One of the great things the festival does…is have these big names to bring people in and then bring in all these other great writers who may or may not be on your radar but are doing exceptional work,” co -founder of the festival says Brian Lampkin.
The exact schedule as well as ticketing information will be announced on April 1, organizers said.
The festival returns live for the first time since 2019, when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived and sent Guilford County into quarantine.
“We spent two years trying to do only virtual events, and we felt we had done our best,” said Lampkin, co-owner of Scuppernong Books. “But what makes a festival exciting is the synergy of having all these people in one place at the same time.”