The annual Cooks and Books gathering takes place July 28 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Farmers Market Pavilion in St. Paul, Va. Authors will be selling and signing their books during the event.
Jason A. Adams’ published works include “Agonist” and “Mick of Malvern.” He is a contributor to a science fiction anthology and has work set to appear in Pulphouse Magazine. Find more information about Adams at www.JasonAdams.info. He lives with his family on a forest mountain in Southwest Virginia.
Neva Bryan is the author of three books and a collection of short stories and poems. She is a contributor to several anthologies, including the 2018 “Anthology of Appalachian Writers,” which was published by Shepherd University and guest edited by Wiley Cash. Her work appears nationwide in literary journals and globally in online magazines. A native of St. Paul, Neva is scheduled to speak during this event.
Willie E. Dalton’s first book, “Three Witches in a Small Town,” won the 2015 Jan Carol Publishing Believe and Achieve award. Her more recent works include “The Dark Side of the Woods” and the “Gravedigger” series. A native of Pound, Va., she currently lives in Duffield.
Linda Hoagland, a multi-genre author, has won acclaim for her mystery novels. Her most recent books include “Snooping Can Be Helpful – Sometimes,” “Onward & Upward,” “Missing Sammy” and “An Unjust Court.” She is a contributor to anthologies and is a winner of the Pearl S. Buck Award for Social Change.
Kari Kilgore writes science fiction, fantasy and horror. Her novel “Until Death” was on the preliminary ballot for superior achievement for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards and was a finalist for the 2018 International Vampire Film and Arts Festival’s Golden Stake Award. Her “Dreaming the Storm” series will be published in 2018. She lives with her family in the mountains of Virginia.
Jennifer Ann Reed writes young adult literature. Her novel “Frost Legacy: The Inheritance” was nominated for a 2018 Young Adult Authors Award. Reed has been an educator for nearly a decade and currently teaches science at Abingdon High School.
Timothy Swiney, a Wise County native, left a distinguished career as a neonatal specialist to pursue his dream of writing. Now based in Uruguay, he is the author of two books, including “The Between: Rise of the Witch Hunter.” He has written several screenplays. His screenplay “Eva and Ignacio: An Adoption Story” has been optioned for development by Caliguay Productions.
Joe Tennis, of Bristol, Va., is the author of history books featuring St. Paul and Southwest Virginia. His works include “The Marble and Other Ghost Tales” and “Southwest Virginia Crossroads.”
Cooks and Books showcases local and regional food dishes, wines and beers, as well as local and regional authors. Proceeds from Cooks and Books support J. Fred Matthews Memorial Library and The Lyric Project.
Tickets cost $20.00 in advance or $25.00 the day of the event. The ticket price includes admission and tastings. Tickets may be purchased at C.R. Pate & Co. or Design Printers in St. Paul, or online through PayPal. For details, visit the St. Paul Main Street website.