Dahlonega Literary Festival

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books. The next festival will take place March 28-29, 2015. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more and more entertaining as the years go on. We promise it will delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading.  All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Each year the festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs. In addition, a number of regional authors (ranging from local to other areas of the Southeast) have the opportunity to purchase a table to both interact with festival attendees and sell their books.

The 2015 Festival will be a special event as it will be in conjunction with the Southern Literary Festival.

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2015 Featured Author: Raymond Atkins

RatkinsRaymond L. Atkins’s fourth novel, Sweetwater Blues, has just been released by Mercer University Press. Set in fictional Sweetwater, Georgia, the story chronicles ten years in the life of Palmer Cray, a young man who in the aftermath of his one great mistake confronts regret at his own fallibility, endures punishment for his actions, finds unexpected redemption, and is given a second chance to try to make it all right.

Atkins resides in Rome, Georgia, where he is an instructor of English at Georgia Northwestern Technical College. He lives in an old house with a patient wife and a fat dog.  His hobbies include people-watching, reading, and watching movies that have no hope of ever achieving credibility.

His first novel, The Front Porch Prophet, was published by Medallion Press in 2008 and was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel. Midwest Book Review called it “an intriguing and clever tale, highly recommended for community library fiction collections.”

His second novel, Sorrow Wood, was published by Medallion Press in 2009. As noted in Publisher’s Weekly, “Subtle humor and mostly pitch-perfect prose distinguish Atkins’s compelling mix of mystery and romance, set in 1985 with flashbacks to the 1930s and ’40s. Atkins smoothly weaves past into present as the action builds to a final poignant twist.”

His third novel, Camp Redemption, was published by Mercer University Press in 2013. It was awarded the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and won the 2014 Georgia Author of the Year Award for Fiction. “Camp Redemption showcases the best of Raymond Atkins’s talents in Southern fiction: characters who move in with us, for better or worse; a plot that keeps the pages turning; and the stately, elegant prose of a born storyteller. Alternately hilarious, sad, and downright scary, this is Atkin’s best novel yet.” Melanie Sumner, The Ghost of Milagro Creek

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2015 Featured Author: Ann Hite

AhiteAnn Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Where The Souls Go, the third Black Mountain book, will be released late summer 2015 by Mercer University Press. The Storycatcher, her second novel, and Lowcountry Spirit, an eBook novella, are both available wherever books are sold. Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia where she is hard at work on a nonfiction historical narrative about Lucille Selig Frank.

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YouTube Channel

Hi everybody! The Dahlonega Literary Festival now has a channel on YouTube. We hope to be posting more videos from the 2014 festival and of other various festival-related things. If you subscribe to our channel, you’ll be notified via email each time we upload a new, exciting video. Below is our first video which features author Joshilyn Jackson!

 

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Update in Progress

Please excuse our mess as we update and polish our website. Keep checking back for the latest updates and news about the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival.

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Lunch with the Authors

Come sit down and have lunch with your favorite DLF authors. Here are the Lunch with the Author Locations for Saturday, March 8, from 12:30-1:30 (attendees are responsible for their own meals):

  • Raymond Atkins: Shenanigan’s (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Michael Bishop: Crimson Moon
  • Kim Boykin: Piazza
  • Mark Braught: Don Pollo
  • Jackie Cooper: Don Pollo
  • Alex Hughes: Pueblo’s
  • Joshilyn Jackson: Bourbon Street Grill (for reservations: cmalcolm@windstream.net)
  • Terry Kay: Back Porch Oyster Bar (for reservations, call 706-864-8623)
  • Cassandra King: Corkscrew Cafe (for reservations, call 706-867-8551)
  • Susan Lindsley: Crimson Moon
  • Charles McNair: Corkscrew Cafe
  • Erika Marks: Back Porch Oyster Bar
  • William Rawlings: Piazza
  • Deanna Raybourn: Pueblo’s (for reservations, call 706-867-7155)
  • James R. Tuck: Shenanigan’s
  • George Weinstein: Bourbon Street Grill

Special Appearance authors:

  • Delilah S. Dawson: Picnic Cafe
  • Ann Hite: Gustavo’s
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Special Appearances

In addition to our long list of featured authors and regional authors, we will have special appearances from Delilah S. Dawson, Ann Hite, and Kathryn Hinds!

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Write-in

Information about the Write-In taking place after the festival is over, from 3-6 on Sunday, at Starbuck’s:

Writing doesn’t need to be a solitary endeavor! Bring your writing implement (computer, paper/pen, Alphasmart, etc.) and join fellow writers as we put words on the page, share ideas, gather inspiration, offer commiseration, discuss writing, and of course—write!

We will have activities such as word wars, where we set a timer for 10-15 minutes, then everyone writes as many words as they can till the timer goes off. The winner gets bragging rights until the next war and a prize. We will also have word challenges from the Box of Doom (draw a word or writing prompt from the box and try to include that topic or word in your next scene) for each word war, StoryCubes for inspiration, a writing reference station for those who need a dictionary/thesaurus, and a procrastination station with fun activities for those who need a break. Let’s get writing!

Coffee/tea/snacks will be available for purchase from Starbucks downstairs.

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