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Lundy to be keynote speaker at 4th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival

January 24, 2014

UNION — The author of a series of award-winning cookbooks will be the keynote speaker at USC Union’s 4th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival


In a statement released this week, the Upcountry Literary Festival Committee announced that USC Union will host the festival on Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22.


The committee also announced that the keynote speaker for this year’s festival will be Ronni Lundy, a famed expert on Southern cooking and culture.


As a music critic for the Louisville Times in the early 1990s, Lundy focused on Americana, covering artists like Emmylou Harris and Dwight Yoakam, and also found the food that supported the music around the South. In her first book, Shuck Beans, Stack Cakes and Honest Fried Chicken: The Heart and Soul of Southern Country Kitchens, Lundy displays her love of food, country and bluegrass music. It was named one of the six essential cookbooks about Southern food by Gourmet magazine, and is one of Lundy’s many award-winning cookbooks.


Lundy has been presented many honors for her passion and involvement in Southern food and culture. She was a founding member of the Southern Food Alliance, a group that documents and studies the diverse food cultures of the American South, and they awarded her an SFA Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, she was named as a recipient of the prestigious Craig Claiborne Lifetime Achievement Award, an award that honors a person who has made permanent marks upon cuisine and culture. Her work has appeared in Esquire, Gourmet, Bon Appetit, Cooking Light, and more publications.


Along with Ronni Lundy, the Literary Festival will feature an assortment of authors, poets, and musicians. The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union. A full schedule and participant list will be announced closer to time.


For more information, please call Randy Ivey or Bill Moore at (864) 429-USCU or find us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival


This story was submitted by USC Union.