Festival 2017 Ticketed Events

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Friday, September 8

Yoga with Internationally Recognized Yogi Jessamyn Stanley Book Cover: Every Body Yoga
8 a.m. | Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 North Spruce Street
Tickets required - sold out event! 

Jessamyn Stanley, a yogi who breaks all stereotypes, has built a life as an internationally recognized yoga teacher and award-winning Instagram star. She combines a deep understanding for yoga with a willingness to share her personal struggles in a way that touches everyone who comes to know her. A Salem Academy graduate and North Carolina resident, she brings her body-positive, emotionally uplifting approach to yoga in Every Body Yoga. Bring your own Yoga Mat!  
Presented with support from Village Yoga.


Eat & Greet with New York Times Bestselling Author Jamie Ford Book Cover: Love and Other Consolation Prizes
11:30 a.m. | Hanesbrands Theatre, 209 North Spruce Street
Tickets required: $35 (includes a box lunch and a copy of Love and Other Consolation Prizes)
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Jamie Ford is the New York Times bestselling author of Willow Frost and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, which was an IndieBound NEXT List Selection, a Borders Original Voices Selection, a Barnes & Noble Book Club Selection, Pennie’s Pick at Costco, a Target Bookmarked Club Pick, and a National Bestseller. It was also named the #1 Book Club Pick for Fall 2009/Winter 2010 by the American Booksellers Association.

Girls’ Night Out with New York Times Bestselling Humorist Jancee Dunn  Book Cover: How Not to Hate Your Husband After Having Kids
7 p.m. | Art for Art’s Sake Center for the Arts, 630 North Liberty Street
Tickets required - sold out event! 

Jancee Dunn is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including the rock memoir But Enough About Me, and co-author of Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir. A long-time staff writer at Rolling Stone, she now writes for The New York Times and ParentsHow Not To Hate Your Husband After Kids, is part memoir and part self-help with actionable, achievable, and funny advice.  
Presented with support from Triad Moms on Main


Saturday, September 9

Eat & Greet with John Feinstein, Author of the Top Bestselling Sports Books of All Time  Book Cover: Backfield Boys

8:30 a.m. | Calvary Moravian Church Fellowship Hall, 600 Holly Avenue (entrance off Poplar Street)

Tickets required - sold out event! 

John Feinstein is the author of over 35 books, including the two best-selling sports books of all time:A Season on The Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled, both Number 1 New York Times bestsellers. Ten of his books have been mysteries written for kids. The first of these, Last Shot, won the Edgar Allen Poe Award for mystery writing and was also a New York Times bestseller. His most recent nonfiction book, Where Nobody Knows Your Name, was his 23rd New York Times bestseller.The Legends Club chronicles the rivalries and relationships among Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith, and Jim Valvano.

In addition to his books, John also works for The Washington Post, Golf Channel, Golf Digest, Sirius XM, CBS Sports Radio, and Comcast SportsNet. He has been inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame, and the Greater D.C. Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

He is a graduate of Duke University and his forthcoming book is Backfield Boys for ages 12+.
Presented with support from Wells Fargo

Sunday, September 10

A Lee Brothers Brunch  Book Cover: Princess Pamela's

10:30 a.m. | Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road
Tickets required: $45 (includes a copy of Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes with a breakfast inspired by the cookbook’s recipes prepared by California Fresh Catering)
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Siblings Matt and Ted Lee grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. When they left to attend colleges in the Northeast, they so missed the foods of their hometown that they founded The Lee Bros. Boiled Peanuts Catalogue, a mail-order catalogue for southern pantry staples like stone-ground grits, fig preserves, and, of course, boiled peanuts.

When an editor of a travel magazine asked them to write a story about road-tripping their home state in search of great food, they embarked on a second career as food and travel journalists. They have a cable TV show, “Southern Uncovered with The Lee Bros” on Ovation network, and were commentators on all 7 seasons of “Unique Eats” on Cooking Channel. They contribute to magazines like Travel + Leisure, Bon Appetit, Saveur, Garden & Gun, and Martha Stewart Living, and for The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Southern Living, among other publications.

Their new book project is a reissued, upsized edition of Princess Pamela Strobel’s 1969 cookbook, Princess Pamela’s Soul Food Cookbook: A Mouth-Watering Treasury of Afro-American Recipes.  

Keynote Closing Event: Diana Gabaldon
Presented by Historic Bethabara Park Board of Trustees

5 p.m. | RJ Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road

Diana Gabaldon is the author of the award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling Outlander novels. The series is now published in 26 countries and 23 languages with more than 28 million copies in print worldwide. Gabaldon serves as co-producer and adviser for the popular Outlander TV series on the Starz network, based on her novels. Gabaldon holds three degrees in science: Zoology, Marine Biology, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Behavioral Ecology. 

Tickets required - sold out event! 

We have a few updates on her visit:

* Diana will sign books only, no memorabilia. 
* Diana will not pre-sign books, so when you receive your book (if you purchased it with your ticket), it will not be signed. 
* If you want Diana to sign your book, you will have to wait in the signing line following the talk. We will have VIP ticket holders and guests in wheelchairs go first. Numbered signing tickets for all ticket holders will be given out upon check in at the door – first come, first serve, so everyone is not standing in line for hours. Numbers will be called from the stage as the line moves through. You will be required to share your signing ticket number to get in line. 
* Diana will sign and personalize all books - from home and purchased at the event - old books and the new one too.
* She will also take pictures with fans - so bring your cameras!