Reception for the presentation of the 62 nd Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.


The Western North Carolina Historical Association is pleased to host the 62nd annual presentation of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.
The 2017 award presentation will be held on Saturday, November 11, 2017, from 4:00-6:00pm at the Asheville Renaissance Hotel (31 Woodfin Street, Asheville). A reception, generously sponsored by the Renaissance Hotel, will follow the award program allowing guests the opportunity to engage in conversation with the finalists  vying for the coveted award and its accompanying prize of $1,500.
This year’s winner of the Thomas Wolfe Award along with the finalists will be announced in early October.  Make plans new to attend this November’s program.  Reservations are required and can be made, along with ticket purchases, by visiting or by calling the Smith-McDowell House at 828-253-9231. Tickets are $10.00 for the General Public and $5.00 for WNCHA members.

The WNC Historical Association presented the first Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wilma Dykeman in 1955 for The French Broad.  The Award has continued to be funded, in part, by Mrs. E. Frank Edwin, a member of the Lipinsky family and for the last three years by WNCHA, and the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Advisory Board, both with support from Michael Sartisky, PhD.  Other recipients of this prestigious Award include Robert Morgan, John Paris, Gail Godwin, John Ehle, Charles Frazier, Robert Brunk, Michael McFee, Lee Smith, Ron Rash, and Wayne Caldwell.

Terry Roberts, PhD was the recipient of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to for his book: This Bright Land.