The Georgia Literary Festival in the Press

Book-lovers celebrate festival
November 15, 2012
The Brunswick News
Mary Lynn Huie enjoys finding a good excuse for a vacation. This year, the Atlanta resident didn't have to look too far to find one -- the Georgia Literary Festival, held Saturday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. "It's a great time of year for a vacation," she said, picking up a book on a vendor's table. "And we just thought it was a great reason to come down." Huie wasn't the only visitor who made the journey for a weekend of author presentations and book signings. Susan Kelly actually traveled all the way from Canada.

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Good reads abound from festival authors
November 9, 2012
The Brunswick News
Fall is in the air. And, with the cooler temperatures comes the opportunity to curl up with a blanket, hot chocolate and a good book. For anyone looking for a good read to pick up, plenty of authors will be talking about their books Saturday at the Georgia Literary Festival, on Jekyll Island. Cary Knapp, librarian at College of Coastal Georgia, is quick to note that literary variety is the spice of life.

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Authors take time for students
November 10, 2012
The Brunswick News
Children's book author Danny Schnitzlein is more than a writer. He is also a magician. "Words are magic," he told a group of fifth-grade students at Frederica Academy on Friday. "To prove it to you, how many of you can taste chocolate when I say the word?" A grouping of hands shot up in the air. The magic of words is what attracted Schnitzlein, author of "The Monster Who Ate My Peas" and "Trick or Treat on Monster Street," to writing in the first place.

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Good reads abound from festival authors
November 9, 2012
The Brunswick News
Fall is in the air. And, with the cooler temperatures comes the opportunity to curl up with a blanket, hot chocolate and a good book. For anyone looking for a good read to pick up, plenty of authors will be talking about their books Saturday at the Georgia Literary Festival, on Jekyll Island. Cary Knapp, librarian at College of Coastal Georgia, is quick to note that literary variety is the spice of life.

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College volunteers to lend hand at festival
November 7, 2012
The Brunswick News
Hannah Carmichael pulled a paper out of her backpack as her fellow students gathered around the desk. As they read the paper, they offered suggestions to improve the piece, a critical dissection of "Hamlet's" Gertrude. Elizabeth Tasciotti read the paper aloud as the College of Coastal Georgia's Writing Center director, Jennifer Gray, picked up a pen. "Is it OK if I write on this?" she asked. Once given the all clear, she scribbled the group's suggestions in the page's margin. For the women - Carmichael, Tasciotti, along with fellow writer Ashley Cain - it was a typical scene. Along with Gray, they are accustomed to making positive changes on many types of material.
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3-day Georgia Literary Festival begins Friday
November 6, 2012
The Florida Times-Union
The Georgia Literary Festival is coming to the Golden Isles with three days of tours, author talks and readings, plays and other presentations. It begins Friday afternoon with 90-minute tours of playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Sea Island home. Saturday, there is a full day of festival author presentations at the Jekyll Island Convention Center beginning at 10 a.m. with U.S. Poet Laureate Nathasha Tretheway, who will read excerpts and discuss “Thrall,’’ her most recently published collection.
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Literary festival a boon to local businesses
November 5, 2012
The Brunswick News
Business owners are hoping to capitalize on the boost in tourism during what is usually a slow season when authors and book lovers roll into the Golden Isles at the end of the week for the Georgia Literary Festival. Some of the nation's most popular authors with Georgia roots, including the new U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, will converge on the Golden Isles to talk about their books and craft.
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Culinary and literary come together
November 2, 2012
The Brunswick News
Although Daisy King is living in the city of Nashville these days, she often finds herself thinking of her home state of Georgia. That's true for both the scenery and the trademark cuisine. King, who is from Buford, is now a restaurateur and cookbook author. As such, she often finds herself visiting around the state and becoming a frequent visitor of places like the Golden Isles. "I always look forward to coming to Jekyll and St. Simons islands with all the scenic landscape, rich Southern history and the fine foods of the region," King said. "There is just such nostalgia and history. It's also beautiful.
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State literary festival arriving on Jekyll
November 1, 2012
The Brunswick News
Pamela Bauer Mueller knows all about the literary circuit. The Jekyll Island author often travels to talk about her books, but soon she will have the opportunity to share her home with many of the wordsmiths she meets throughout the state and nation. Mueller is one of several featured authors who will make appearances at the Georgia Literary Festival Nov. 10 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. "I'm very excited to see the Georgia Literary Festival come to the Golden Isles. As long as I've lived here, since 2000, we've not hosted a book festival. Is there a more beautiful place in Georgia for such an event?
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Giving a voice to creativity
September 28, 2012
The Brunswick News
From international best sellers like Margaret Mitchell to hometown heroes like columnist Ronda Rich, there is enough Southern flavor in this state to suit the palettes of readers. Coastal Georgia is no different. With its air of mystery and intrigue, the area has long attracted creative types who have flourished while living under the Spanish moss. Three writers, in particular, have left an indelible mark on the Golden Isles. And although they lived in different times, their influences can still be felt today. Fanny Kemble, Eugenia Price and Eugene O'Neill are most frequently associated with the Golden Isles. Each offered something different to Southern writing. It's an important contribution, one that will be honored at the upcoming Literary Festival in November.
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Literary Festival's Culinary Track Features Chefs and Their Cookbooks
September 14, 2012
The College of Coastal Georgia
Cookbooks are more than how-to guides. The really good ones are packed with stories – what inspired the recipe, for instance, or a recollection of the dining experience. Perhaps what beverage would complement the dish or suggestions for a menu. Because cookbook fans are not just reading lists of ingredients, the culinary track of this year’s literary festival, November 9-10 on Jekyll Island, features a selection of cookbooks and chef authors meant to inspire. A few of the opportunities even include tasting recipes from the pages.
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2012 Literary Festival Includes Local Authors and Close Ties to the Area
August 31, 2012
The College of Coastal Georgia
When Bill Starr, Executive Director of the Georgia Center for the Book, considered the Golden Isles as a destination for the Georgia Literary Festival, the abundance of local talent was one of the draws. “The area is gorgeous, and there are so many outstanding writers in the region that we knew it would be among the best and biggest book festivals we've ever held,” he said. This year’s Festival will be held November 9-10 on Jekyll Island, with some ancillary activities on November 11.
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Children's lit track at Literary Festival will inspire children to read
August 29, 2012
The Brunswick News
Crystal O’Connor believes ordinary life is the best place to find extraordinary stories. That’s why the Simpsonville, S.C., children’s book author is always on the lookout for inspiration. She often finds that in her own home, which includes her children and her parents. “Living in
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2012 Literary Festival Offers Exciting Family Programs with Authors
August 23, 2012
The College of Coastal Georgia
Families with children have seven excellent reasons for attending the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Golden Isles on November 10 – five wildly popular children’s authors, the author whose book is one of the perennial favorites at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, and the author who has written the definitive biography of the founder of the Girls Scouts. All the Literary Festival programs at the Jekyll Island Convention Center are free and open to the public.
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Premier literary festival coming to Golden Isles
June 18, 2012
The Brunswick News
Sharon Flores is always a busy woman. But these days her schedule is more packed than usual. After all, big things are brewing, and Flores, ever the community leader, is involved in organizing a massive event - the Georgia Literary Festival - in November. The Georgia Literary Festival is one of the premier book events in the state and, come fall, it will take place for the first time in its 14-year history in Glynn County.
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Pultizer Prize-Winning Poet Keynote Speaker for 2012 Literary Festival
May 17, 2012
The College of Coastal Georgia
Emory University Professor Natasha Trethewey, recipient of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for her book Native Guard, will speak on “War and Remembrance” during her keynote presentation for the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at the Jekyll Island Convention Center on November 10. Trethewey will speak at 10 a.m. in Atlantic Hall, opening a full day of free and varied programs open to the public.
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Georgia Literary Festival coming to Jekyll Island this fall
March 21, 2012
The Florida Times Union
The Georgia Literary Festival is coming to Jekyll Island in November, the first time the 14-year-old event has been on the coast. The Georgia Center for the Book and the Georgia Humanities Council holds the festival in a different part of the state each year to celebrate exceptional writing by Georgia authors.
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