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.

Join us each month for live one-hour presentations by Western NC authors. There are live Q&As after each presentation. All virtual LitCafés are recorded and sent to registered participants a week after the live event.

To access all of our 2021 LitCafes, 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 2021 LitCafé presentations 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


2021 Book Talks

with Barbara R. 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