DLF logo square justThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more delightful as the years go on. Besides providing an opportunity for authors to network, our festival is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment. Visitors have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors. In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees can have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant.

Past featured authors include: Frances Mayes, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Kay, Deanna Raybourn, Joshilyn Jackson, and many more. For 2019, we will have Rebecca Wells, author of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood series! Where else can you see, have conversations with, and even dine with bestselling authors while surrounded by the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

We promise that the Dahlonega Literary Festival will interest anyone who is a lover of books and reading. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Dahlonega Literary Festival operates under the 501c3 umbrella of the Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition. Please visit our Sponsorship page if you are interested in donating to our festival.

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2019 Festival Steering Committee

Chair: Donna Gessell

Secretary:  Brenda Bishop

Treasurer: Harry Resovsky

Featured Author Selection:  Sharon Thomason

Program Committee Chair: Kendra Sanderson

Regional Writers Committee Chair: Ken Smoke

Public Relations/Social Media: Diane Bates

Facilities/Events Committee Chair:  Unfilled

Sponsorships/Fundraising Committee Chair: Donna Sullivan

Volunteers:  Wes Whitaker

Hospitality:  Juanita Tipton

Interns: Rachel Ayers and Emily Beardsley

Dahlonega Science Festival Liaisons:  Donna Gessell and Donna Sullivan



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  1. Good afternoon, Ms. Bridges! Sounds like you would fall under our Regional Writer category of authors. All of our RW tables have been filled for 2018, but we are accepting applications for 2019. Please contact me at: kensmoke369@hotmail.com and I will be glad to provide you with details on how to apply. Thank you so much for your interest in participating in our Festival.


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