More Regional Authors Added!

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to welcome a slate of authors to our Regional Author line up. Check out their websites, read the books, and then come meet them at the festival!

  • Jim Booth, author of Completeness of the Soul: The Life and Opinions of Jay Breeze, Rock Star
  • Alison Reeger Cook, author of The Scholar, the Sphinx and the Shades of Nyx
  • George Winston Martin, author of My Brother, My Friend, My Enemy
  • Dennis G. McKenna, author of Where Do Doctors Hide Their Wings?
  • William L. Stuart, author of Gemstone Chronicles
  • Fiona Page, author of My Nightlife is 24/7

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McDermott Added to Regional Authors

We have another regional author added to our line-up. Julia McDermott, author of Underwater, will have a booth at this year’s festival. Check out her website at: and then come see her at the 2014 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

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Regional Authors Added

Several regional authors have been added to this year’s roster. Don’t forget to visit their booths at the 2014 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

  • Jadie Jones, author of Moonlit
  • Deborah Malone, author of Murder in Marietta
  • Kent Kammermeyer, author of Wildlife & Woodland Facts and Fun
  • CD Mitchell, author of God’s Naked Will

Author pictures and full bios coming soon to the Regional Authors page.

Regional Authors are still being added. Keep checking back for the latest updates.

If you’re a regional author and wish to have a booth at the 2014 Dahlonega Literary Festival, please check out our Regional Authors Page for more information, then contact Ken Smoke ( )


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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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Bishop and Boyer Added as Featured Authors

We are pleased to announce that we’ve added two more authors to our featured author line-up for the 2014 Dahlonega Literary Festival. Joining us will be bestselling author Susan M. Boyer, whose new book, Lowcountry Bombshell, is now available. Also attending is sci-fi writer Michael Bishop, author of  Brittle Innings.

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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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Kay and Boykin added to 2014 Line-up

We are very pleased to announce that novelist Terry Kay will be returning to the Dahlonega Literary Festival this March. Kay was our keynote speaker for the 2011 festival and we’re excited to have him back! His latest book, The Seventh Mirror, was released just this month.

Also joining our list of featured authors is Southern Women Fiction writer, Kim Boykin. Boykin’s new book, The Wisdom of Hair, is now available for purchase.

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