Events/Book Clubs


I’m happy to meet with book clubs in-person and via Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom.

Download discussion questions below:

Discussion Questions for To Lay to Rest Our Ghosts

Discussion Questions for Geographies of the Heart


“Caitlin Hamilton Summie has spent her life advising writers and promoting their work, and she’s an accomplished, working writer herself. Her wealth of insight gives her power to normalize what most of us find mysterious about the publishing world. Her presence as a speaker is genuinely engaging, and she has such a spirit of generosity. She’s incredibly adept at translating her experience for students in undergraduate and graduate programs. As a speaker and reader, students find Caitlin Hamilton Summie both entertaining and enlightening. She brings a charming common-sense approach to teaching a new generation of writers the importance of persistence and being, as she calls it, “a good literary citizen.””–Susan Underwood, Professor, Carson-Newman College

“Caitlin was an inspiration to my fiction writing class. As a writer and a consultant on marketing and publicity for writers, her expertise is wide ranging and goes deep. She was able to talk to my students about everything from the writing process to editing, getting an agent (or not), publishing, and publicizing and marketing creative work. She gave students candid, detailed answers and was approachable and interactive in a way that got the whole class asking her questions and thanking her for her answers. She gave off positive energy in that one session that the class fed off the entire semester, and in fact we did refer to her multiple times as the semester unfolded. I learned a lot from her visit, as did students, and I will invite her again and again to my fiction writing classes for an early semester power boost.”–Kim Trevathan, Professor, Maryville College


ZOOM Book Launch through Union Avenue Books! (Virtual only event, not in person).

January 20th @ 7 pm

Register here:

Page 158 Books

February 27th @ 6:30 pm

In conversation with Heather Adams!

415 South Brooks St
Wake Forest, NC 27587


Honeybee Coffee (10716 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN)

Book Launch! August 10th @ 6 pm

Barnes & Noble (8029 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN)

August 26th @ 2 pm

Presentation on book marketing, small presses, and big houses, with publicist Rick   Summie and novelist Pamela Schoenewaldt.

Southern Festival of Books (Nashville, TN)

October 14th, 2 pm

Panel appearance: Finding the Key Emotion: The Art of the Short Story

WNBA’s 8th Annual Bibliofeast! (ticketed event, Charlotte, NC)

October 16th, 6-9 pm

Moveable Feast dinner with 8 outstanding authors at Maggiano’s Little Italy Restaurant, SouthPark Mall – Books sold by Park Road Books

Sundress Reading Series (held at Bar Marley, 760 Stone St NW, Knoxville)

December 3rd from 2-4 pm

Joint reading with Ivelisse Rodriguez & Tom Hunley

The Pulpwood Queen Book Club Girlfriend Weekend!  PQ Stamp of Approval

January 11-14, 2018

Nagodoches, TX

Knoxville Writers Group (5500 Kingston Pike, Knoxville)

January 24, 2018, 11 am

Author talk & book signing

Naples Restaurant

Knoxville Writers Guild (Fellowship Hall of Central United Methodist Church, 201 3rd Avenue, Knoxville, TN). Short Story Craft Workshop, February 2018.

Private Dinner Book Club, Knoxville, TN, March 20th

FaceTime with Astros Book Club, Houston, TX, September 1 st

Private Dinner Book Club, Knoxville, TN, September 6th

Private Dinner Book Club, Knoxville, TN, November 11th

Rose Glen Literary Festival, February 23, 2019
10-10:45 am talk about promotion and publicity.

University of Central Arkansas
Arkatext Writing Conference, Tuesday, February 26th @ 6 pm
Phillip H. McMath Post Publication Book Award ceremony and reading

Public Library of Tellico Village, Tellico Village, TN
May 3rd from 10 am – Noon
Author talk & book signing

May 14th @ 7pm
Writers at Work reading & author talk with Bren McClain, and reception
Union Avenue Books
Knoxville, TN

Clarksville Writers’ Conference. Join me for a workshop!
Workshop-Shout about It: Promotion Basics for Writers, June 6, 1:15-2:30 pm
Workshop-Stories from the Heart: June 7, 1:15-2:30 pm

University of Central Arkansas
C.D. Wright Conference
November 8-9, 2019
Talk about book marketing

Tellico Village Library
January 20, 2020, 10-11 am
Talk about book marketing

Maryville College
January 27, 2020
Meeting with fiction writing class

Carson-Newman College
February, 2020
Meeting with fiction writing class
Reading, open to the public, 7 pm

Pacific Lutheran University
Visiting Author Series
Being rescheduled for 2021

The Hidden Timber Read Series

January 10, 2021 @ 2 pm CT