ON THE SAME PAGE, Ashe County’s literary festival, was born of the major expansion of the Ashe County Public Library in 2008–2009. As the new library building took shape on the hill overlooking West Jefferson, Library Director Jim McQueen consulted with Jane Lonon, Executive Director of the Ashe County Arts Council, and others about an appropriate way to celebrate and make use of the new library when it reopened. A committee was formed, and with advise from local and regional experts, the decision was made to host a county-wide Festival Read. From this modest beginning, the festival grew to the multi-faceted event that it is today, but it remains an event rooted in and guided by our beloved community.

The principal sponsors of ON THE SAME PAGE are the Ashe County Arts Council and the Ashe County Public Library, with help from members of the community.