I arrived Thursday night, in time for a fine supper with my hostess and one of her friends (delicious apple pie, Lynda!) and then we hustled off to hear Lee Smith speak. Lee is a long time favorite author for me and she's a delight to listen to. She's at work on a novel centering around F. Scott Fitzgerald's troubled wife Zelda and her stay at Asheville's Highlands Hospital -- a mental institution. I also purchased a copy of Lee's most recent publication -- MRS. DARCY AND THE BLUE-EYED STRANGER -- a collection of wonderful short stories that has kept me up reading every night since.
Later on, my hostess (actually, she was called my handler and was responsible for getting me where I needed to be and seeing that I didn't get into trouble,) her friend Sue, and I walked around the quilt fair. Alas, Vagabonde, I took no pictures. I was surprised to see that almost every quilt displayed was machine quilted -- a change from any quilt exhibit I've ever been to. Machine quilted or not, there were some real beauties there.
My next event was called Lunch With an Author --- at which I had been
I'll tell you all about it tomorrow, as well as about some of the other authors that I met and some of the events. This festival is quite amazing -- art shows, gallery crawl, quilt fair, farmers' market and who knows what all filling this beautiful little mountain town. . .