Buchanan County Public Library

Local Author Festival


April 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for this fun, family-friendly event, where attendees will get to chat with local authors! You can purchase books from the authors if you like or just enjoy conversation. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you are an author who would like to participate in this event, please contact Sherry at the Buchanan County Public Library at (276) 935-5721.


Confirmed Authors:


Frances Barnhart

Frances Curtis Barnhart is the author of The Beauty of Impermanence: A Woman’s Memoir and back in 1982, The New Woman Warriors Handbook: Not for Women Only under the name Marjorie Curtis. Barnhart is a painter, spiritual explorer, an evolutionary activist in the human potential movement and an inter-faith minister ordained by The New Seminary in NYC in 2004.. Barnhart’s paintings, weavings and Wisewoman Dolls have been exhibited in galleries throughout New England, California and Virginia and her poetry and prose have appeared in literary journals including, most recently, several issues of Artemis. Barnhart has been a community organizer in the State of Maine, a teacher and workshop facilitator in Connecticut middle schools and Westledge and Shanti High Schools in the Hartford, Connecticut Area. She has been guest teacher at The University of Hartford, Wesleyan University, Smith College, University of New Hampshire and others. Barnhart and her new husband live at the picturesque intersections of Read and Tinker Mountains in Roanoke, Virginia. www.The Beauty of Impermanence.com


Linda Hoagland

Linda Hudson Hoagland has won acclaim for her mystery novels that include the recent Snooping Can Be Uncomfortable, Onward & Upward, Missing Sammy, An Unjust Court, and Snooping Can Helpful – Sometimes. She is also the author of works of nonfiction, 2 collections of short writings along with 2 volumes of poems. Hoagland has won numerous awards for her work, including first place for the Pearl S. Buck Award for Social Change and the Sherwood Anderson Short Story Contest. Her work has appeared in many anthologies.

Adda Leah Davis

Adda Leah Davis is a McDowell County, West Virginia native who has now lived in Russell County, Virginia for over twenty years and dearly loves the entire area. She is a retired elementary school teacher and counselor.
After retirement from the school system she wrote for two newspapers in McDowell County, started an oral history theater group, and was Director of Economic Development in McDowell County for six years.
Mrs. Davis has presented workshops on oral history, community development, leadership, and writing. She is energetic and enthusiastic about any project she starts and about life in general. Davis is the author of Sixteen books; “Fantasy Stories of the Life Cycles in Nature (Making Science Enjoyable),”“Here I Am Again Lord, Landon Colley, An Old Time Primitive Baptist Universalist Preacher,” “Caleb’s Song,” “Golden Harvest Workbooks for Grades 1, 2, and 3,” “The Whisperer,” a y/a book similar to the Nancy Drew Mysteries, “Abigail’s Redemption,” Lucinda Harmon Saga which includes; “Lucinda’s Mountain,” “Jason’s Journey,” “The Beckoning Hills,” and Farther Along and the mystery series which includes A Fatal Love of Place, A Fatal Web of Deceit, Fatal Choices and Second Chances and The Priory Heritage Series (A Heaven Sent Wife) and Rocky’s Lesson, a book for children.

Tom Fugate

Born in 1956 and raised in Southwestern Virginia, Tom Fugate became an avid reader soon after learning to read. While reading espionage (James Bond and others), science fiction and anything else he could get his hands on his imagination led him to daydream about the characters and situations he read in those books. He began to write his first espionage novel while in high school in Gate City, Virginia. No copies of this manuscript exist, which Tom says is probably a good thing.

Contrary to a question he often gets he has never worked for the government. The character of Lee Thomas came into being while he was a student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (better known to most people as Virginia Tech). He completed his first manuscript in the mid 1980’s on a typewriter. This novel was called “Spy Dreams” and was published late in 2013. “Sand Trap” is a second novel about Lee Thomas who is the protagonist of “Spy Dreams”. “”Cigarettes for Two” is in the middle of the drug wars of the mid 1980’s. “Port in a Desert Storm” takes place just before and during the first Gulf War. Another installment in the series is the short story “Unscheduled Delivery” which is available only as an e-book. The latest book in the series is “unFriendly Persuasion” and provides the action and adventure readers expect from a Lee Thomas novel. There is also an e-book only short story called “Unscheduled Delivery”. Anything starting with “Lee, I need you to deliver a nuclear weapon” has to be interesting.
There are at least two more of this series planned as well as some spinoffs involving recurring characters. The first spinoff “Unintended Spy” was hopefully going to be out sometime in late 2018 but life in the form of some health problems intervened. Tom is back at work on future material.
In addition to the Lee Thomas series he has authored a book dealing with his emotions and feelings from dealing with his father’s Alzheimer’s disease. This book is named “Tears for My Father: Trying to stay sane while dealing with Alzheimer’s”. It is available in paperback and Kindle formats
Tom has released two short fantasy e-books called “MoonSpark: The Saga Begins” and “MoonSpark: Return”. These are the first installments in what will become a much larger fantasy novel that has the working title of “When Calls the Crystal. These are available only in Kindle format.


Joe Tennis

Joe Tennis is the author of many books including Virginia Rail Trails; Washington County, Virginia; Sullivan County, Tennessee; Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands; The Marble and Other Ghost Tales of Tennessee and Virginia; and Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol. He has written about rail trails across Virginia since 1992 for newspapers and magazines such as Blue Ridge Country, Bristol Herald Courier, The Roanoke Times, Virginia Living and Hampton Roads Magazine.

Rachel Riggsby

Rachel Riggsby is a former columnist, newspaper reporter, and new editor. Born in Big Rock, near Grundy, Virginia, she has lived most of her life in the nearby community of Harman where she still resides with her husband, Beager.

Brenda Crissman Musick

Brenda Crissman Musick has always loved her country heritage, and she loves to tell the stories about it. She describes herself in childhood as a precocious child and is quite open in telling of her misdoings. She says she always tells the good, the bad, and the ugly. Brenda can be reached through email at musickb@jetbroadband.com or Facebook, Brenda Crissman Musick.

Beth Barnhart

Beth Barnhart, BSW is a wife and mother of two grown children. A graduate of Radford University with a bachelor’s degree in social work, Beth has worked with several client populations whom society tends to look down upon in judgment and condemnation. Beth is a natural encourager and, as such, it is her goal to reach out and touch everyone in her life with the goodness, hope, peace and love of Christ.




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