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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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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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Updated Schedule

Saturday, March 8th 
*All Programming at St. Luke’s unless otherwise noted

9:15-10:00:

1. Creating Characters That Readers Care About (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Michael Bishop, Kim Boykin, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
2. Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books, a mini-workshop with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)
(also featuring Patsy Henry and Ed T. Payne)

10:15–11:00:

1. Dahlonega in the Spotlight: Someone Else’s Love Story, A Book Talk with Joshilyn Jackson (Rm. 103/105)
2. Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction, a mini-workshop with Alex Hughes and James R. Tuck (Rm. 106)

11:15–12:00:

1. Glimpse of the Past: Incorporating History Into Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, Erika Marks, Deanna Raybourn, Denise Weimar
2. Writing Fiction: Regional Authors Share Their Experiences (Rm. 303/305)
Panelists: Jim Booth, Sue Cass, Alison Reeger Cook, Mitch Doxsee, Mike Herron, C.D. Mitchell, Madelyn Shepard, Bill Stuart
3. Character Drawing with Mark Braught (Rm. 106)

12:30–1:30 Lunch with the Author (at area restaurants–attendees responsible for their meals)

2:00–2:45:

1. Fantasy for Everyone: The Many Realms of Speculative Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Delilah S. Dawson, Ann Hite, Alex Hughes, James R. Tuck, Jadie Jones
2. Truth Be Told: Writing Non-Fiction (Rm. 303/305)
Panelists: Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Kent Kammermeyer, Dennis McKenna, Carroll McMahan, Fiona Page, Carlotta Russell
3. Writing Poetry, a mini-workshop with Kathryn Hinds, also featuring Jeff Newberry (Rm. 106)

3:00–3:45:

1. From Chuckles to Belly Laughs: Hitting the Right Note with Humor (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Joshilyn Jackson, Terry Kay, Charles McNair, James R. Tuck
2. Stonepile Writers Reading (Rm. 303/305)
3. Writing Mysteries, a mini-workshop with Deborah Malone (Rm. 106)

4:00–4:45:

1. On the Edge of Our Seats: The Element of Suspense in Fiction (Rm. 103/105)
Panelists: Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, William Rawlings, Deanna Raybourn, George Weinstein, Saundra Kelley. Julia McDermott
2. Southern Poetry Anthology Presentation and Reading (Rm. 303/305)
3. Preparing Your Manuscript, a mini-workshop with April Loebick, Managing Editor, University of North Georgia Press (Rm. 106)

5:15–6:30 Author Meet-and-Greet, Open to the Public, Community House

7:00 Saturday Night Live: Dinner at Don Pollo’s
Buffet dinner for $17.99 plus tax, or order from the menu. Six of our featured authors will read short selections.

Sunday, March 9th 
*Programming held at Community House

12:30–1:15

What is Southern Fiction, Anyway?
Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Kim Boykin, Jackie Cooper, Terry Kay, Cassandra King, Charles McNair, George Weinstein

1:30–2:15

The Role of Setting in Fiction
Panelists: Michael Bishop, Mark Braught, Alex Hughes, Susan Lindsley, Erika Marks, William Rawlings, James R. Tuck

After the Festival Fun for Writers:

3:00–6:00 p.m.

Write-In (Starbuck’s next to UNG campus)
How would you like to meet with other aspiring writers to discuss issues, offer support, share ideas, and even play a game or two? Word Wars and Word Challenges will be part of the fun. Come and join in after the other festival events are over.

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Used Book Sale: Dec 7

Used Book Sale: DEC 7
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We will have a booth set up at the Chestatee Regional Hospital’s Winterfest, which will be part yard sale, part craft show, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the parking lot of the old BB&T building (across from the Holly) in Dahlonega, GA. Come browse our selection and pick up a few Christmas gifts (and maybe some for yourself!). We will have hundreds of books to choose from.

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Used Book Sale

Just in time for the Holidays, we finally have a date and location for our Used Book SaleWe will have a booth set up at the Chestatee Regional Hospital’s Winterfest, which will be part yard sale, part craft show, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the parking lot of the old BB&T building (across from the Holly) in Dahlonega, GA. Come browse hundreds of books and find that perfect gift for a loved one (or even for yourself!). 

All proceeds from the book sale will go to help fund the Dahlonega Literary Festival. We hope to see you there!

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“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith

Thursday, November 21, 2013 7:00 pm
Lumpkin County High School Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public*

“Jordan Is So Chilly”: An Encounter With Lillian Smith is a performance by Brenda Bynum based on the writings of Lillian E. Smith, acclaimed Georgia author and human rights activist. This performance and presentation of Lillian Smith celebrates the interdisciplinary themes that she explored within her own life and in the world around her:

  • Interdisciplinary: racism, feminism, maternalism, and gender relations
  • Psychology and Sociology: existentialism, sexual orientation, prejudice, oppression, creativity, and individualism
  • Literature and Journalism
  • History: Georgia, Appalachia, Southern, civil rights movement, Black diaspora, women’s movement

About Lillian E. Smith

Author, activist, leader and role model, civil and human rights advocate, and supporter of education and social justice, Lillian Eugenia Smith not only embraced the need for desegregation and opposition to Jim Crow, but also emphasized the restructuring of racist thought and consideration within the early stages of the civil rights movement, along with cultivating the discussion of quiet and deeply rooted prejudices.

As author of Strange Fruit (1944) and Killers of the Dream (1949), Smith argued for revisioning the psychological and sociological complexities of racism in the South, beginning with childhood. She advocated for equality across race and gender lines, focusing on social activism and humanism.

Smith taught music at a missionary school in China and led the Laurel Falls Girls Camp in Clayton, Georgia for more than 25 years. Her circle of friends included progressive innovators such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt. Her legacy continues through the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center.

About Brenda Bynum

Both an actress and an academic, Brenda Bynum has worked with almost every theater in Atlanta and was a resident artist at Theater Emory and member of the Emory faculty from 1983 to 2000, where she was honored by her colleagues with the establishment of the Brenda Bynum Award.

For more information on Lillian E. Smith, Laurel Falls Camp, and the work of the Lillian E. Smith Foundation and Center, please visit:

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*Donations will be accepted and will jointly benefit the Dahlonega Literary Festival and the Lillian E. Smith Center, both non-profit organizations.

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New Authors Added to Line-up

We are pleased to announce that we have added new authors to the 2014 line-up! Illustrator and DLF Veteran Mark Braught will once again grace us with his presence. Science fiction and fantasy writer Alex Hughes will also be in attendance at this year’s festival. We are also excited that Joshilyn Jackson will be returning this year! Jackson’s new book, Someone Else’s Love Story, is set partially in Dahlonega.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting and entertaining festival!

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Used Book Sale Postponed (again)

Due to the unceasing bad weather, we were forced to cancel the 4th of July Used Book Sale. We apologize to those who came out to see us despite the rain to find nothing but parking lots. But fear not! We will be rescheduling it and having it sometime this fall.

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Book Donations Needed!

A box of books in the public domajn

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is having a used book sale on July 4th from 10-5 on the Square. We need as many used books as we can get: paperback or hardbound, children’s books, cookbooks, fiction or non-fiction. If you live in or near Dahlonega and have any you would be willing to donate to help us keep all the festival events FREE, please contact Arienne Wallace at ariennewallace@windstream.net.  So, please go through your bookshelves and clean out your “I’m never going to read this again” stacks!

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4th of July Used Book Sale

When: Thursday, July 4, 2013
10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Where: Dahlonega’s Historic Square

Come browse and find some books to add to your collection and support a wonderful festival. All used book sale proceeds support the

10th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival

A Book Lover’s Paradise!

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