Festival Schedule

2019 Holly Springs Book Festival
Holly Springs Cultural Center
Nov. 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

10 a.m. - Living Poetry
Carolina Room

Need inspiration or just time to write? Join poets Chris Abbate and Bartholomew Barker for an hour of poetry and prompts. We’ll have time to both discuss the poetic process and get started on some new masterpieces as we take the time to write some prompts and share our results.

Chris Abbate’s poems have appeared in Connecticut River Review, Chagrin River Review, Timberline Review, and Comstock Review, among other journals. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and a Best of the Net award, and has received awards in the Nazim Hikmet and North Carolina Poetry Society poetry contests. His first book of poetry, Talk About God, was published by Main Street Rag. Chris received a Master’s in English from Southern Connecticut State University. He is a database programmer for a pharmaceutical company in Raleigh and since 2009 he has served as a volunteer coach for The First Tee of the Triangle golf program.

Chris resides in Holly Springs, NC.

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry readers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. His poetry has appeared in Contemporary American Voices, Postcard Poems and Prose, the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature and many others. His most recent chapbook, Milkshakes and Chilidogs, a collection of food inspired poetry, was published in 2017. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.

11 a.m. – Lyn Fairchild Hawks – Compare and Contrast: Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
Carolina Room

Lyn Fairchild Hawks writes young adult contemporary fiction about gifted, weird, and wise teens. She is the author of How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought (a 2011 James Jones First Novel Fellowship semifinalist); Minerda, a graphic novella collaboration with illustrator Robin Follet; and the short-story collection, The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future. She is the recipient of an Elizabeth George Foundation grant. She and her literary agent are currently submitting her latest novel to publishers, a story about an intrepid teen journalist exposing the truth about corruption on her school’s sports teams. 

In her other life, Lyn is an education geek who designs online learning experiences for gifted youth and professional development for teachers. She is the author of Teaching Julius Caesar: A Differentiated Approach. She is co-author of The Compassionate Classroom: Lessons that Nurture Wisdom and Empathy and Teaching Romeo and Juliet: A Differentiated Approach. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, Americana musician Greg Hawks, where she also gets managed by Sonny, her orange tabby. You can learn more about Lyn at lynhawks.com

12 p.m. – Timothy Reinhardt – Writing a Novel vs. Writing a Screenplay
Carolina Room

Book trailer 

A veteran of the pharmaceutical industry, Tim Reinhardt has traveled the world extensively and studied many diverse cultures. His travels, coupled with an eventful childhood, shape his thought-provoking perspective on life. He enjoys writing comedies placed in dramatic settings most of all because he likes the contrast between genres. Tim knows life can be challenging and thinks stories like these make the tough times a little bit easier to handle. Tim is the writer of the Academy-Award qualifying film Crackers, as well as the author of Afaq: I'm Trapped in India. He is currently working on a film adaptation for Jesus's Brother James. When hes not busy writing, Tim enjoys making films, playing tennis, and learning about history. He currently resides in Holly Springs, North Carolina, with his wife April, his children, and their rescue dog Faith. Jesus Brother James is Tim's second novel.

12 p.m. – Children’s Authors – Readings in the Library
Holly Springs Branch Library

Readings by the Children,s Literature and Middle Grade Authors participating in the festival.

1 p.m. – Donna Washington – Storyteller

Donna Washington is an internationally known, multiple award winning storyteller, spoken word recording artist, and author. A highly animated performer, she has been entertaining, educating, and inspiring audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics, elastic face, and deep characterizations that bring folklore, literary tales, and personal narratives to life for over thirty years.

Donna has been called a “Walking Disney Movie”, and told she was "better than television".

Note: A ticket is required to attend the Keynote performance by Donna Washington. Tickets are $5 per person and available at www.recconnect.us or at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Box Office. Call (919) 567-4000 with questions or to purchase by phone.