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The 2008 Festival

The 10th annual Georgia Literary Festival was held in Bainbridge on October 25, and marked the first time the event has moved to South Georgia.

Nearly two dozen authors were featured at the event which focuses on honoring writers with connections to the area.

The festival opened with a special event on Friday evening October 24, with most activities scheduled during the day on Saturday the 25th. Events were scheduled inside and outside at the new Kirbo Center at Bainbridge College.

Among the authors who spoke at the festival were:

Mary Kay Andrews, the popular Atlanta author of bestselling novels Deep Dish, Little Bitty Lies and Savannah Breeze.

Jay Barbree, NBC News correspondent and a native of Blakely, author of Live from Cape Canaveral: Covering the Space Race, from Sputnik to Today, Destination Mars, and Moon Shot: The Inside Story of America’s Race to the Moon, written with Alan Shepard and Deke Slayton;

Douglas Blackmon, Southern Bureau Chief for the Wall Street Journal, discusses his book, Slavery By Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II;

Cathy Cox, a native of Bainbridge, former Georgia Secretary of State and now President of Young Harris College;

Michael P. White, illustrator of The Library Dragon and The Secret of Old Zeb by Carmen Deedy and Harriet’s Horrible Hair Day;

Jack McDevitt, noted science fiction writer from Brunswick, author of Cauldron, A Talent for War and Deepsix;

Claire Matturo, popular mystery writer from Cairo whose books include Bone Valley and Sweetheart Deal;

Frye Gaillard, writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, and author of Prophet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy, and The Dream Long Deferred, the prize-winning book about Habitat for Humanity;

Bobby Dews, long-time Atlanta Braves coach now writer-in-residence at Andrew College in Cuthbert, author of The Crackers: The Early Days of Atlanta Baseball, a short story collection, Legends, Demons and Dreams, and a volume of poetry;

Janice Daugharty, writer-in-residence at Valdosta State University and author of six novels and a short story collection including Just Doll, Like a Sister, Dark of the Moon;

James Kimbrell, director of the creative writing program at Florida State University and author of several volumes of poetry including The Gatehouse Heaven and My Psychic: Poems;

Wynton C. Hall, Bainbridge College faculty member and author of The Right Words: Great Republican Speeches That Shaped History;

Dana Wildsmith, poet and teacher from Bethlehem whose acclaimed books include Alchemy, Our Bodies Remember and One Good Hand;

Philip D. Beidler, professor of English at the University of Alabama, former Vietnam War veteran and author of Late thoughts on an Old War: The Legacy of Vietnam and an expert on Alabama literature;

Sonny Sammons, author of The Keepers of Echowah, a novel about growing up in South Georgia.

The festival also featured Joye Cauthen in a one-woman performance as Caroline Miller, author of Lamb in His Bosom, and Georgia’s first winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1933.

The 2008 festival sponsors include:

  • Georgia Humanities Council
  • Thomas M. & Irene B. Kirbo Charitable Trust
  • Wal-Mart
  • United Way of Bainbridge-Decatur County
  • Ivey Funeral Home
  • Dean Chrysler
  • Georgia Power
  • Cox-Ware Funeral Home
  • First Port City Bank
  • The Money Tree