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Sharyn McCrumb

Author's Bio

​ Sharyn McCrumb, an award-winning Southern writer, is best known for her Appalachian Ballad novels, including the New York Times best sellers The Ballad of Tom Dooley, The Ballad of Frankie Silver, and Ghost Riders, which won the Wilma Dykeman Award for Literature from the East Tennessee Historical Society and the national Audie Award for Best Recorded Book. Her Revolutionary War novel, King's Mountain (St. Martin's Press, 2013) tells the story of the Overmountain Men in the American Revolution. Her next novel Prayers the Devil Answers will be published in May by Atria, a division of Simon & Schuster. Sharyn McCrumb, named a Virginia Woman of History by the Library of Virginia., was awarded the Mary Hobson Prize for Arts & Letters in 2014 and the Patricia Winn Award for Southern Literature, given by the Clarksville TN/Montgomery County Arts & Heritage Group in 2015. In addition to presenting programs at universities, libraries, and other organizations throughout the US, Sharyn McCrumb has taught a writers workshop in Paris, and served as writer-in-residence at King University in Tennessee, and at the Chautauqua Institute in western New York.

Publications and Prizes

Prayers the Devil Answers (Atria, 2016), Nora Bonesteel's Christmas Past (Abingdon Press, 2014), King's Mountain (St. Martin's Press, 2013), The Ballad of Tom Dooley (Thomas Dunne Books, 2013), The Devil Amongst the Lawyers (Thomas Dunne Books, 2010), Once Around the Track (Kensington Publications, 2007), St. Dale (Kensington Publications, 2005), Ghost Riders (Dutton, 2003), The Songcatcher (Dutton, 2001), The Ballad of Frankie Silver (Dutton, 1998), The Rosewood Casket (Dutton, 1996), She Walks These Hills (Scribner, 1994), Hangman's Beautiful Daughter (Scribner, 1992), If Ever I Return, Pretty Peggy-O (Scribner, 1990)
Appalachian Heritage
*Virginia Woman of History Citation - The Library of Virginia- 2008 Mary Hobson Prize for Arts & Letters 2014; Patricia Winn Award for Southern Fiction ("King's Mountain") 2015; *Perry F. Kendig Award for Literary Achievement -2011 Blue Ridge Arts Council, VA *Wilma Dykeman Award- East Tennessee Historical Society - 2003 *Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award- AWA 1997- *Library of Virginia People’s Choice Award- St. Dale- 2006

Personal Favorites

Favorite Books:
An Experiment in Criticism ~ C.S. Lewis The Four Quartets ~ T. S. Eliot Lords and Ladies ~ Terry Pratchett Wuthering Heights ~ Emily Bronte Mountains of the Heart ~ Scott Weidensaul
Favorite Authors:
Stewart O'Nan; John Nichols; Mark Twain; Jane Austen; Terry Pratchett; John McPhee; C. S. Lewis

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Listing last updated: October 8, 2015

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Fiction Writer
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Scotch-Irish American
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Born in:
Wilmington, NC
Raised in:
Irene Goodman

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