Saturday, February 25, 2012

More on the UCF Book Festial... March 31, 2012

The UCF Book Festival is coming up at the end of March. Between now and then I'll post some of the events happening at The Arena on the Orlando Campus that you won't want to miss.  

This week I'd like to feature three of the featured authors.  

First, Ted Dekker is a New York Times best-selling author. He co-authored Forbidden with Tosca Lee. He is best known for novels which could be broadly described as suspense thrillers with major twists and unforgettable characters, though he has also made a name for himself among fantasy fans as well. 

Born to missionaries who lived among the headhunter tribes of Indonesia, his parents’ work often included extended periods of time away from their children. Dekker describes his early life in a culture to which he was a stranger as both fascinating and lonely. It is this unique upbringing that forced him to rely on his own imagination to create a world in which he belonged. 

To read more about Dekker, go to

Next, Nelson George is one of the first writers to document hip hop culture and is the author of several award-winning books on the subject, including Hip Hop America and The Death of Rhythm & Blues; he also coauthored (with Simmons) Russell Simmons’s autobiography Life and Def. He directed Queen Latifah in the HBO film Life Support, and is an executive producer of VH1’s long-running Hip Hop Honors broadcast. 

Go to his website at

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian "Ballad" novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. McCrumb, who has been named a "Virginia Woman of History" in 2008 for Achievement in Literature, was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the White House in 2006.

McCrumb’s other honors include: AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award; the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature; the Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel. A graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, with an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech, McCrumb was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee. In 2005 she honored as the Writer of the Year at Emory & Henry College. In 2011 she received the Perry F. Kendig Award for Achievement in Literature from the Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, in Roanoke VA.

To read more about her, go to

Save the date for the book festival. It's March 31, 2012, at the UCF Arena in Orlando Florida.

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