2012 Literary Festival Offers Exciting Family Programs with Authors

Brunswick, GA 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.

Danny Schnitzlein, Lola Schaefer, Gail Karwoski, Doraine Bennett and Crystal Ball O’Conner are well-known names in classroom libraries. Karwoski, Schaefer and Schnitzlein have books currently listed on Georgia Center for the Book’s “25 Books All Young Georgians Should Read.” Karwoski was also named a 2009 Georgia Author of the Year for a children’s picture book by the Georgia Writers Association for River Beds. But if the kids don’t recognize the authors’ names, they’ll recognize titles such as The Monster Who Ate My Peas or Mittens or The Tree That Owns Itself.

Danny Schnitzlein is the author of The Monster Who Did My Math as well as The Monster Who Ate My Peas. He starts the line up at 11 a.m., sharing the inspirations behind his funny monster stories. For instance, he really was afraid of math in grade school. According to Schnitzlein, he’ll be talking to kids about how to dream up ideas for their very own stories and how to turn an idea into a story.

Crystal Ball O’Conner is well known to South Carolina students and looks forward to making new friends in Georgia. Her books have received the highest rating by the National Study of Children’s Literature. Clothed in a marvelous set of butterfly wings, she’ll read from Jake and the Migration of the Monarch, bringing her heartwarming story to life with music, drama and of course, butterfly wings. She’ll invite children and their families to join her in a magical migration adventure. O’Conner has also written Katherine’s Quilt Made for Dreaming and Sing With Me Brennan-Our Carolina Moon. She’ll take the stage at noon.

What makes Spencer, in Lola Schaefer’s picture book One Special Day, so unique? Is it his silliness or his energy? His playfulness or his strength? “It’s none of these, really,” Schaefer contends. “Spencer surprises readers with his take on a very special event.” The author of more than 260 books for children, including the “I Can Read” Mittens series, Just One Bite, the Frankie Stein series, and Arrowhawk, Schaeferwill read her new picture book One Special Day starting at 1 p.m. and demonstrate how Spencer makes this book pop on the page.

“In my session, I'll tell stories about the extraordinary characters that peopled our state. Georgia has always been stuffed-full of personality,” Gail Karwoski laughed. “As I researched my short story collection, The Tree that Owns Itself and Other Adventure Tales from Georgia's Past, I traveled through coastal islands and up rolling hills; I journeyed from green fields into bustling town squares. I searched for stories about our long, colorful history and our diverse landscape. I discovered a gold mine literally - of larger-than-life characters who faced times of turmoil with homespun ingenuity, courage, and humor. That's the fun of collecting historical stories - it's like inviting a reader to sit and rock on the front porch, with a cold glass of sweet tea to wet the lips and tall tales to moisten the tongue!” Her session will begin at 2 p.m.

Doraine Bennett is the final author in the Children’s Literature track. At 3 p.m., she’ll conclude the series by talking about the many hats a children’s author wears. “Put on the editor's hat and you become an old fashioned school teacher with a ruler for slapping the wrong words right out on their ear. Wear the research hat and you could be trudging through the ice packs of Antarctica or discovering fur seals off the coast of Alaska,” she explained. “You may exhume dead bodies, interview generals, or figure out how the zipper was invented. You never know where a research trail will lead. There is always something interesting to learn, whether it's about the world around you or just about yourself.” Her featured books include three intertwined Georgia history books for young readers especially pertinent to Coastal Georgia - George Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove as well as her new book featuring the theme of children praising God in Sing, Dance, Shout.

The Children’s Literature track can be found in Atlantic Hall, Section G of the Jekyll Island Convention Center. The track was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church, Frederica, and by Pinova.

As part of the Nature track, at 1 p.m. in Section A of Atlantic Hall, juvenile fiction author Jane Wood will talk about Trouble on the St. Johns River, which was featured this summer in Jacksonville magazine. The ecological adventure story includes an encounter with a manatee, a tour of a sea turtle rehabilitation center, and the realization that kids can help protect the environment. Wood has also written Ghosts on the Coast and a series of adventures set on Amelia Island.

Girls Scouts and their leaders can learn more about Juliette Gordon Low: The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts from Dr. Stacy Cordery at 1 p.m. in Atlantic Hall Sections D & F as part of the Festival’s History track. A history professor at Monmouth College in Illinois, Cordery grew up in Michigan and was a Brownie and a Girl Scout. Her biography of Low, published during the Girl Scouts’ centennial celebration, was featured as one of “This Winter’s Biggest Books” by USA Today and has won praise from reviewers in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Wall Street Journal, Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Vanity Fair. As her biographer, Cordery appreciates Low’s savvy entrepreneurship, creativity, and her willingness to take risks.

The History track of the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival is sponsored by GP Cellulose.

For more information about the Festival, including a schedule of all the events and featured authors, visit: www.GoldenIslesLiteraryFestival.com

The Georgia Literary Festival is an annual event sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book and the Georgia Humanities Council. The College of Coastal Georgia, the Jekyll Island Authority, and the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau are the hosts for 2012 with presenting sponsor, The Brunswick News.
Release Date: 8/23/2012
Source: College of Coastal Georgia

Media Contact:
Peggy L. Golden
Staff Liaison to the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival