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Blue Ridge Bookfest 2016 Featured Author 


Sara Gruen photo by Tasha ThomasThe 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest is pleased and excited to announce that Novelist Ms. Sara Gruen, author of the widely acclaimed Water for Elephants, will be the 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest Featured Author. Sara Gruen is the #1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of At the Water’s Edge, Water for Elephants, Ape House, Riding Lessons, and Flying Changes. Her works have been translated into forty-three languages, and have sold more than ten million copies worldwide. Sara lives in Western North Carolina with her husband and three sons, along with their dogs, cats, horses, birds, and “the world’s fussiest goat.”
The 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 22 & 23, 2016, at Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC. Ms. Gruen’s participation in the Bookfest will include a ticketed ($25.00) Reception and Book Signing on Friday evening beginning at 5:30 pm; heavy hors-d'oeuvres and adult beverages will be served during the reception. At 6:30 pm, well-known local author and Bookfest co-founder Mr. Bill Ramsey will interview Ms. Gruen, followed by questions and answers. Those not attending the reception may enter the conference hall at no charge at 6:30 pm.

Sara Gruen - Water for Elephants  Sara Gruen - Ape House Sara Gruen - Flying Changes  Sara Gruen -Riding Horses

Also at the 2016 Bookfest:
Over 30 Authors and other presenters will offer craft workshops and be available to meet and greet, discuss their work, and sign books.

Writers and Aspiring Writers will be able to meet published authors one-on-one, and attend free workshops and presentations on Friday and Saturday to hone their craft.

Friday workshops include:

  • 1:00 – 1:45 Grammar Questions that Grieve You, with Ernie Mazzatenta. His monthly Column Speaking of Words is seen in the Hendersonville Times-News.
  • 2:00 – 3: 30 Making money with Ghost Writing with Beth Brand & Copy Writing with Bob Martel
  • 3:45 – 5:15 Genealogy with Jennie Jones Giles and Writing Your Family History with Diane Rhoades.

On Saturday, our Bookseller, Malaprops of Asheville, NC - will be there to facilitate books sales, and about a dozen Author Presentations will take place throughout the day in “break-out sessions.” Our hospitality sponsor, Shipmans Catering will be providing the food for the Friday night reception, and also be offering box lunches for sale to the public on Saturday, starting at 11:30 am. In addition, we are very excited to announce a very special After-Lunch Presentation, featuring:

Save the Date and Plan to Attend the 2016 Blue Ridge Bookfest! Published authors love meeting their readers, and can’t wait to meet and talk with you about their work. All aspects of the Blue Ridge Bookfest are free to the public, except the reception for Ms. Gruen on Friday evening.

Eighth Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest 

April 22 & 23, 2016 

Free Admission to all Speakers and Exhibits

Contact Us


Blue Ridge Community College
180 West Campus Dr.
Technology Education & Development Center
(TEDC Building)
Flat Rock, NC 28731