Saturday, November 14, 2015

2015 Georgia Literary Festival: Part 2

Joe Davich from the Georgia Center for the Book introducing Terry Kay
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Terry Kay speaks to a packed house
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark
The day was packed with panels featuring authors of various genres from all over the Peach State: Susan Boyer, Kim Boykin, Karen White, Christine Deriso, Kami Kinard, Becky Albertalli, Ron Smith, Mary Boyle, Gould Hagler, Carolyn Newton Curry, Ann Hite, Tom Mack, Perry Smith, Don Rhodes, Susan Crawford, Jim Grimsley, Allen Gee, Cindy McMahon, Ravi Howard, Bernie Schein, Jessica Handler, Steve Uhles, Jenny Wright, Danielle Wong Moores, Brian Panowich, Eric Morris, Colleen Oakley, Linda Lee Harper, Laurel Blossom, Ed Wilson, Lynn Cullen, Tom Turner, Bill Harper, Catherine Adams, and Theresa Davis!

Georgia's Historic Places panel. From Left to Right: Moderator Susan Mucha, F. Martin Harmon, First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal, Jennifer Dickey, Catherine Lewis
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Personal Stories: Memoirs and Journals panel (Turner Simkins, Jonathan Barrett, Tom Robertson, and moderator Jane Blanchard)
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Catherine Lewis, Jennifer Dickey, First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal, and Jonathan Barrett at the authors' signing table
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Patti Callahan Henry at the authors' signing table
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Joshilyn Jackson (moderated by Karin Gillespie)
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Melissa Johnson moderating the Nathalie Dupree panel
Photo courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle

Jonathan Bryant talks about his book Dark Places of the Earth
Photo courtesy of The Augusta Chronicle
Augusta's best (and only) independent bookstore, The Book Tavern, set up a "pop up bookstore" so that festival attendees could purchase books to be signed by their favorite authors
Charmain Brackett signing a book for a fan

Theresa Davis, Lynn Cullen, and Jonathan Bryant at the authors' signing tables

Lots of literary goodies!

Book Tavern pop up store
Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark

Photo courtesy of Jeska Clark
Wait, there's more! Other vendors that joined us in celebrating the written word in Georgia include: Slumdog Writers, Augusta-Richmond County Public Library System, Marsha Maurer and Rose Chandler Johnson, UGA Press, South Carolina Academy of Authors, The Chattahoochee Reviews, USC Press, David Hanks, Barbara Turner, Georgia Writers Museum, Pilcrow and Dagger, Bryce Gibson and Charles Campbell, Jose Lucio, Florence Brown, VSU Master of Library Science and Information Science program, Augusta Literary Festival, Barbara Turner, and Broken Ink.

Our official sponsors were: The Georgia Center for the Book, GRU Pamplin College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, Porter Fleming Foundation, Red Wolf Marketing & Design, The Augusta Chronicle, Beasley Media Group, WRDW Channel 12, Strother's Printing, Augusta Authors Club, the Knox Foundation and various individual sponsors!

2015 Georgia Literary Festival: Part 1

Last Saturday was the culmination of 18 months of planning for the Georgia Literary Festival! After a weeklong prediction of 100% rain with thunderstorms and a last minute scramble to move all the outdoor vendors inside, the day turned out to be abnormally warm and muggy for November (the sun even came out for a little bit).

I was in charge of the Children's Stage; the festival committee had scheduled a variety of children's authors and entertainers to keep the kiddos busy during the festival:
Miranda Paul

Miranda Paul

Robyn Hood Black

Robyn Hood Black

Deron Hicks

Charmain Brackett

David Neches

Carol Eldredge from the Savannah River Ecology Lab with a snapping turtle

Ventriloquist Tawanna Kelly

Deron Hicks graciously signed my copy of Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave

The Children's Stage was also accompanied by a vendor section composed of children's and YA authors throughout the state of Georgia!

Jeannie Ingraham
Kim Edwards
Sissie Dale
Dr. Mattie Brown
Stacy Robets

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Double Feature: Deron Hicks' Shakepeare Mysteries

Titles: Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave and Tower of the Five Orders
Author: Deron R. Hicks
Genre: middle grade fiction, mysteries, Georgia author, Georgia Literary Festival author, takes place in Georgia

Rick Riordan made Greek mythology relevant and relatable to kids and now Deron Hicks has done the same thing with William Shakespeare in his two books, The Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave and Tower of the Five Orders. Although Shakespeare is widely acknowledged as one of the best playwrights in the world, little is known about his personal life, but Deron Hicks turns the mysteries surrounding Shakespeare's life into two intriguing and fast paced middle grade mystery novels.

In Secrets we are introduced to Colophon Letterford and her family's prestigious publishing house. Alas, all is not financially well at Letterford and Sons. A mutiny is happening amongst the family members of the publishing house. Mulls Letterford must sign three new best selling authors to Letterford and Sons by midnight of December 24th or the greedy Treemont Letterford becomes the new head of Letterford and Sons. Colophon and her cousin Julian believe that a mysterious family portrait contains clues that will help save the family's business. The painting's clues take Colophon and Julian on a whirlwind scavenger hunt from Georgia to London.

In Tower, the family nemesis returns and threatens the newfound tranquility and financial stability of Letterford and Sons. This time clues from the life of Chrisopher Marlowe will lead Colophon and Julian on another fast-paced journey to save the Letterford family from ruin. Will they find the business-saving treasure in time?