The Georgia Literary Festival

The Georgia Literary Festival, one of the premier book events in Georgia, is coming to the Golden Isles for the first time, hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia, the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Jekyll Island Authority.

Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book and the Georgia Humanities Council, the Festival has celebrated exceptional writing in a different part of the state since 1999. The 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Golden Isles will be held November 9-11. A full day of free programs will be held on November 10 at the new Jekyll Island Convention Center. Additional Festival activities will be held at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, the historic Ritz Theatre in Brunswick, in schools, and in private homes. Profit generated by the Festival activities will stay in this community, administered by United Way of Coastal Georgia to benefit local childhood literacy programs.

“We are very excited to be able to bring the Georgia Literary Festival to the coast for the first time. The area is gorgeous, and there are so many outstanding writers in the region that we know already this is going to be among the best and biggest book festivals we’re ever held,” said Bill Starr, Executive Director of the Georgia Center for the Book, headquartered in Decatur. “The volunteers planning this celebration have been working for nearly a year, and the results are going to be truly spectacular.”

An initial planning committee comprised of staff from the host organizations, the Gould Memorial Library, the Georgia Review, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel, and the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association (GIAHA) have secured commitments from 33 authors in fiction, poetry, children’s literature, history, nature and the environment, and Southern cuisine. Featured authors will discuss and read excerpts from their recent work. Other authors will be on hand to sell and autograph their books. Authors Eugenia Price, Eugene O’Neill and Fanny Kemble will be honored posthumously.

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List of Featured Authors and Books
Hugh Acheson A New Turn in the South Culinary
Mary Kay Andrews Spring Fever Fiction
Tina McElroy Ansa Taking After Mudear Fiction
Steve Berry The Columbus Affair Fiction
Daniel Black Twelve Gates to the City Fiction
Stacy Cordery Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts History
Janice Daugharty Going to Jackson; Heir to the Everlasting; The Little Known The Georgia Review
Natalie Dupree & Cynthia Graubert Southern Biscuits Culinary
Damon Fowler Classical Southern Cooking; The Savannah Cookbook Culinary
Alice Friman Vinculum The Georgia Review
Jane Garvey Wine columnist Culinary
Gail Karwoski The Tree That Owns Itself Children’s Literature
Daisy King Meet Me on Jekyll Island Culinary
June Hall McCash & The Jekyll Island Club Hotel History
Brenden Martin
Jack McDevitt The Cassandra Project; Firebird; Going Interstellar Fiction
Judson Mitcham A Little Salvation: Poems Old and New; The Sweet Everlasting; Sabbath Creek The Georgia Review
Pamela Bauer Mueller Splendid Isolation Fiction
Crystal Ball O’Connor Jake and the Migration of the Monarch; Katherine’s Quilt Made for Dreaming; Sing with Me Brennan Children’s Literature
Joe Randall A Taste of Heritage: The New African American Cuisine Culinary
William Rawlings, Jr. The Mile High Club Fiction
Janisse Ray The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food Nature
Michele Ross Literary critic Fiction
Lola Schaefer One Special Day Children’s Literature
Danny Schnitzlein The Monster Who Ate My Peas; The Monster Who Did My Math Children’s Literature
Charles Seabrook Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses; The World of the Salt Marsh Nature
Jeffrey Small The Breath of God Fiction
Natasha Trethewey Thrall The Georgia Review
Jesse Tullos The Red Terrors History
Anita Zaleski Weinraub Georgia Quilts: Piecing Together a History History
Jane Wood Trouble on the St. John’s River Nature

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