We are celebrating the successful conclusion of the 2013 season of

Historic Rugby’s Appalachian Writers’ Series!

Please read below to see who participated in the free lecture series in the Rebecca Johnson Theatre of Historic Rugby’s Visitor Centre.


We’d like to personally thank all the authors who shared their wonderful works with us during the second year of the Appalachian Writers’ Series!



D. Ray Smith



Mr. Smith started off the 2013 series on March 10th.  He has written a series of books on East Tennessee history, especially related to WWII and the Manhattan Project. He discussed  Stories from the Secret City in which he referenced several of his books.







Wiley Cash



Mr. Cash visited Rugby on April 20th. His first novel, A Land More Kind than Home, was a major success. He has been living in West Virginia, but was planning to relocate to North Carolina. His second novel is to be published next year.








Sallie Bissell



Ms. Bissell gave her lecture in Rugby on June 9th. Her five novels are popular mysteries featuring Mary Crow, a half-Cherokee assistant DA. Ms. Bissell’s books are for sale in the Rugby Commissary. She now spends most of her time in Asheville, NC.








Wayne Caldwell



Mr. Caldwell came to Rugby on July 20th. He is a native of Asheville, NC, who continues to live in the area. He is a descendent of former residents of Cataloochee Cove, which is now a part of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the setting of his two novels, Cataloochee, and Requiem by Fire. He has a third novel completed which is awaiting publication.





Alex Bledsoe


Mr. Bledsoe was the final author in the series and came to Rugby on August 11th. He has written 8 novels, two of which feature Rugby (he calls it Cricket). He discussed his novels The Hum And The Shiver and A Wisp Of A Thing.  The novels feature a fictional people, the Tufa, who were inspired by the Melungeon legends of Hancock County, TN. Alex is a member of Historic Rugby and his books are also on sale in the Rugby Commissary.




Vicki Lane


In addition, Vicki Lane taught a writing workshop in Rugby June 28-30. Ms. Lane was part of our inaugural Appalachian Writers series in 2012. She has published six novels, five of which feature an amateur sleuth Elizabeth Goodweather. She is currently at work on a novel inspired by the Shelton Laurel massacre in Madison County, NC, during the Civil War. Ms. Lane lives near Marshall, NC.






 Stay tuned for information on the upcoming 2014 series and make plans to be here. The lectures are held on Saturday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Let us tempt you with our great lodging facilities and the Harrow Road Cafe!