Designed by local artist Kenneth Benson
Literary fans in Georgia have two events to look forward to within the next month! I am on the planning committees for the 4th annual Star Wars Reads Day and the 14th Georgia Literary Festival which are both taking place in Augusta this year. Star Wars Reads Day is Saturday, October 10th and is a national and annual event created and designed to promote literacy in children through their love of Star Wars. Many libraries and bookstores around the country will be participating in this fun event (I'll post pictures this weekend of the event my local library is hosting).
The Georgia Literary Festival will take place on the beautiful Georgia Regents University (soon to be Augusta University) campus on Saturday, November 7th from 9am-5pm and will feature over 40 Georgia authors, a vendor marketplace, food trucks and a Children's Entertainment area (Savannah River Ecology Lab, ventriloquist Tawanna Kelly, and local children's musician, David Neches). Listed below is the festival schedule for you to drool over:
9 to 9:45—Terry Kay Keynote, Ballroom
10 to 10:45 Georgia’s Historic Places (Jennifer Dickey, Catherine Lewis, Sandra Deal, F. Martin Harmon) Ballroom, Patti Callahan Henry, Butler; Exploring Today’s Publishing Options, (Susan Boyer, Kim Boykin, Charmain Brackett), Coffee House; Personal Stories: Memoirs and Journals, (Turner Simp...kins, Jonathan Barrett, Tom Robertson), Hardy; Picture Books with Miranda Paul, Children’s Stage
11 to 11:45 Karen White, Ballroom; Novels for Younger Readers (Christine Deriso, Kami Kinard, Becky Abertalli, Deron Hicks), Butler; Prohibition in Atlanta, (Ron Smith, Mary Boyle) ; Coffee House, Reptiles with Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Children’s Stage
12 to 12:45 Joshilyn Jackson, Ballroom; Civil War Memories,(Gould Hagler, Carolyn Newton Curry), Butler; How to Get Published, (Ann Hite), Coffee House; Augusta’s People and Places (Tom Mack, Perry Smith, Don Rhodes), Hardy; Children’s author, Robyn Hood Black, Children’s Stage
1 to 1:45 Mystery and Suspense (Susan Mucha, Susan Boyer, Susan Crawford) Ballroom; Grit Lit (Kim Boykin, Karin Gillespie, Ann Hite), Butler; Making Sense of Our Identities (Jim Grimsley, Allen Ghee, Cindy McMahon), Coffee House; Songs and Stories with David Neches, Children’s Stage
2 to 2:45 Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart, Ballroom; Breaking Into Children’s Literature; (Kami Kinard), Butler; Literary Reads, (Ravi Howard, Bernie Shein, Jessica Handler), Coffee House; Local columnists, (Steve Uhles, Jenny Wright, Danielle Wong Moores), Hardy; Shakespeare Mysteries with Deron Hicks, Children’s Stage
3 to 3:45 Debut Novelists (Brian Panowich, Eric Morris, Colleen Oakley) Ballroom, Poetry (Linda Lee Harper, Laurel Blossom), Butler; Children’s Performer (Ventriloquist, Tawanna Kelly), Children’s Stage
4 to 4:45 Slave Ship Antelope, (Jonathan Bryant) Ballroom; Twain’s End, (Lynn Cullen); Butler; Augusta’s Literary History, (Tom Turner, Bill Harper and Catherine Adams), Coffee House); Performance poetry (Theresa Davis), Hardy; TBA, Children’s Stage.
Signings will follow each author’s appearance and will be in the JSAC breezeway.
The children’s stage is the outdoor amphitheater. Inclement weather location for the children’s stage will be University Hall Room 170. 11 to 11:45 Karen White, Ballroom; Novels for Younger Readers (Christine Deriso, Kami Kinard, Becky Abertalli, Deron Hicks), Butler; Prohibition in Atlanta, (Ron Smith, Mary Boyle) ; Coffee House, Reptiles with Savannah River Ecology Laboratory, Children’s Stage
If you are going to be in the Augusta area October 10th or November 7th please consider supporting these local events!