Literary Festival

Kicking off the year is the Dahlonega Literary & Science Festival in March. Regional as well as local authors will be on hand to discuss some of their latest books and hold book signings!

This year’s Headline authors are Sharyn McCrumb, Joshilyn Jackson, and Wanda Morris, all nationally acclaimed Southern authors. Also, there are twenty other Featured Authors and fifteen Regional Writers (independently published) discussing their books and writing process through panels and individual presentations. Two free workshops will be presented: “Paths to Publication” by authors Kim Conrey and George Weinstein; and “Social Media for Writers,” by author Rona Simmons.

A panel on Lillian Smith, an author and early social activist on racial and gender issues, will be presented. Smith is a member of the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame with roots in north Georgia. Strange Fruit (1944), was a best-seller novel and, Killers of the Dream (1949) is her best-known non-fiction book. UNG English professor D. Tanya Bennett will lead the panel.

Featured Authors – Matt Aiken, Ezekiel Black, Kimberly Brock, Valerie Burns, Annette Clapsaddle, Kim Conrey, Peter Farris, Jerry Grillo, Ann Hite, Joshilyn Jackson, Meagan Lucas, Sharyn McCrumb, Wanda Morris, Chris Negron, Steve Oney, Dot Padgett, Brian Panowich, William Rawlings, Vanessa Riley, Mab Segrest, George Singleton, and George Weinstein.

Regional Writers – Stephanie Briarton, Nancy Dunne, Jacqueline Jacobs, Jerilyn Johnson, Kathleen Brewer Lewis, Deborah Malone, Patricia McAlexander, Sherry Robinson, Jeffrey Shaw, Mimi Shroeder, C. Matthew Smith, Caroline Smith, Debbie Towns (aka Debbie Dee), Mark Williams, and Douglas Young.

So what are you waiting for? Head to Dahlonega for a fun-filled bookish weekend!

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