with Dykeman’s son, Jim Stokely

Since 1955, WNCHA has presented the annual Thomas Wolfe Literary Award (TWLA) to celebrate excellence in literature about Western North Carolina or by an author from our region. The first award was presented to Wilma Dykeman for The French Broad. In 2020, we launched the LitCafé series with two virtual book talks. To kick off the series, Jim Stokely, Dykeman’s son and president of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, spoke about The French Broad. Then, the 2020 TWLA winners, George Ellison and Janet McCue, presented on their biography of Horace Kephart, Back of Beyond. Several other others continued the series and presented their books in 2021!

In 2022, WNCHA featured the ReadWNC series, where we examined the facts behind three works of historical fiction set in WNC. With authors and various outside experts, we analyzed the books, the history, and the importance of these stories. Our three books were:

Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle – Even As We Breathe

Lee Smith – Guests on Earth

Sharyn McCrumb – The Ballad of Frankie Silver

To access all of our past literary programs, click the link below and make a donation (recommended $5.00 for WNCHA members or $10.00 for the general public). The links to all recordings will be emailed to you once check out is complete. All donations support our Community-Funded Ticket Program, which provides no cost tickets to our live events to those who could not afford to attend otherwise.

with George Ellison & Janet McCue

Literary Events

2020-2022 Events

with Sharyn McCrumb

with Dr. Alaina Doten and Maire Martello

with Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Dr. Barbara Duncan

with Dr. Barbara Duncan

with Peter Barr

with Anne Chesky Smith

with Jim Buchanan

with Dale Neal

with Mary Othella Burnette

with Mayor Steve Little and Dr. Richard Starnes

with Danny Bernstein

with Ann Miller Woodford

with George Ellison and Janet McCue