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The 2015 Festival

The Georgia Center for the Book and the Georgia Humanities Council are pleased to announce that the Georgia Literary Festival will take place in Augusta on November 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Augusta University Summerville Campus in the Jaguar Student Activity Center.

Situated along the banks of the Savannah River and home to the world-famous Masters Golf Tournament, the second oldest city in Georgia is sure to be a picturesque location for the Georgia Literary Festival. Hometown authors Frank Yerby and Berry Fleming will be honored along with Tobacco Road author, Erskine Caldwell, for their contributions to Georgia’s literary heritage. The Festival will also feature various authors from around the state of Georgia participating in readings and panels, a children’s area, and a street fair featuring book related vendors and merchandise.

To receive updates about the festival, please visit the Georgia Literary Festival’s Facebook page. For sponsorship information and general inquiries, please contact Karin Gillespie at To inquire about vendor space and availability, contact Aspasia Luster at:

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2015 Georgia Literary Festival Schedule
  • Terry Kay

    Recipient of the Georgia Writer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, his novels have been translated into twenty different languages and have sold millions internationally. The career of bestselling novelist Terry Kay has spanned more than fifty years, producing sixteen novels that have been translated into twenty different languages, an induction into the Georgia Writer’s Hall of Fame, the Georgia Writer’s Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and numerous awards extolling his immense talent and generosity.

  • Jennifer W. Dickey

    Jennifer W. Dickey is the author of A Tough Little Patch of History: Gone With the Wind and the Politics of Memory. She has a master’s degree in heritage preservation and a Ph.D. in public history from Georgia State University, and is a professor at Kennesaw State University.

  • Patti Callahan Henry

    Hailed as a fresh new voice in Southern fiction, New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry’s ever-increasing list of novels has been published in five languages. She has been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated four different times for the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Novel of the Year.

  • Karen White

    Karen White is the New York Times bestselling author of nineteen novels and has been nominated for the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year award, and twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award.

  • Joshilyn Jackson

    Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times bestselling author of five novels that have been translated into a dozen languages. She has won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice won the Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend Prize.

  • Will Harlan

    Will Harlan is editor-in-chief of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine and an award-winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, and on The Oprah Winfrey Show. He is the author of Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island.

  • Carolyn Newton Curry

    Carolyn Curry holds a BA in English from Agnes Scott College and MA and PhD degrees in History from Georgia State University. She has taught at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta and The University of Kentucky. Curry is the founder and chair of Women Alone Together®, a non-profit foundation created to meet the needs of women who are alone in our culture. She is the author of Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas 1834-1907.

  • Karin Gillespie

    Karin Gillespie is the national-bestselling author of five novels and has written for the New York Times, Washington Post and Writer Magazine. She lives in Augusta, Georgia, where she writes a book column for the Augusta Chronicle, and a humor column for the Augusta Magazine.

  • Jim Grimsley

    Jim Grimsley is an award-winning playwright and novelist. His books have been translated into seven languages. In 1997, he received the Lila Wallace/Reader's Digest Writers Award, and he has twice been a finalist for the Rome Prize Fellowship in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2005 he won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

  • Brian Panowich

    A remarkable new voice in Southern Fiction, Brian Panowich is the author of Bull Mountain, an incredibly assured debut that heralds a major new talent in fiction.

  • Colleen Oakley

    Colleen Oakley’s debut novel, Before I Go, is a heart-wrenching tale of a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away. Colleen’s articles and essays have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings.

  • Sandra D. Deal

    As first lady of Georgia, she has focused her energies on a range of issues. Through Read Across Georgia, she has visited all 159 counties in the state to encourage reading for children. Her With a Servant’s Heart platform has encouraged statewide community service programs and volunteerism events. She serves as chair of the Governor’s Office for Children and Family and co-chair of the Georgia Children’s Cabinet. She is the author of Memories of the Mansion: The Story of Georgia’s Governor Mansion.

  • Cynthia Graubart

    Graubart is the author of six books, including the James Beard Award-winning Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, writes the “New Sunday Supper” column in Southern Living magazine, and shares her message of gaining confidence in the kitchen to groups large and small. She travels teaching cooking classes, both demonstration and participation, around the country.

  • Nathalie Dupree

    South Carolinian Nathalie Dupree is a best-selling author with 13 hardbacks and two softback cookbooks and more than 300 television shows for The Food Network, PBS, and the Learning Channel. Her bestselling book, New Southern Cooking started an entire culinary movement. She’s won several James Beard Awards and her latest cookbook is Mastering the Art of Southern Vegetables.