Back of Beyond poster sign

Meet the Author events planned for Back of Beyond

  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sylva’s Greening Up the Mountains Festival, Saturday, April 27
  • 3-4 p.m. at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, Saturday, May 4
  • 1 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, Sunday, May 5
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Sugarlands Visitor Center, Sunday, May 19
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Swain County Visitor Center, Saturday, June 8
  • An evening event at the Fryemont Inn in downtown Bryson City, N.C., Saturday, June 8 (Please call the Fryemont Inn at 828.488.2159 for more information)
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Oconaluftee Visitor Center, Sunday, June 9
  • 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Swain County Visitor Center, Thursday, July 4

Read Official Press Release

Listen to ‘The State of Things’ show host Frank Stasio talk to the authors about their new book.

Read a Conversation with the Authors

Available at these Partnering Bookstores

Moon Pie General Store and Book Warehouse, Pigeon Forge, TN

East Tennessee Historical Society, Knoxville, TN

Union Avenue Books, Knoxville, TN

Blue Ridge Books, Waynesville, NC

City Lights Bookstore, Sylva, NC

Our Place Coffee Shop, Cosby, TN

Ely’s Mills, Gatlinburg, TN

Malaprop’s Bookstore, Asheville, NC

Great Smoky Mountains Heritage Center, Townsend, TN

The Compleat Naturalist, Asheville, NC

Fryemont Inn, Bryson City, NC

What the Media is Saying about Back of Beyond

George Ellison, renowned local naturalist, author and historian, teamed with Janet McCue, a noted retired librarian and Kephart researcher, on this fresh look at Kephart’s life. The two were able to access archival material about Kephart to help fill in some of the gaps in his life, of which there were quite a few, given his often-reclusive and sometimes withdrawn nature. ~ Jim Buchanan, The Sylva Herald

GSMA Kephart Album