Dahlonega Literary Festival

DLF logo square justThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books. The next festival will take place March 12-13, 2016. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more and more entertaining as the years go on. We promise it will delight anyone who is a lover of books and reading. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Each year the festival presents a slate of invited authors representing a variety of genres sharing their ideas and experiences in various programs. In addition, a number of regional authors (ranging from local to other areas of the Southeast) have the opportunity to purchase a table to both interact with festival attendees and sell their books.

2016 Festival Authors will include:

Karen Abbott
Jacob M. Appel
Delilah S. Dawson
Ann Hite
Joshilyn Jackson
Jaye Wells

And more to come…

Check out the blog roll below for the latest news and updates from the festival committee.

2016 Featured Author: Delilah S. Dawson


Delilah S. Dawson is the writer of the Blud series, Servants of the Storm, the HIT series, Wake of Vultures (as Lila Bowen), and a variety of short stories and comics. She’s also a geek, an artist, an adventure junky, and a cupcake connoisseur. She writes books for young adults and mostly-adults that range from whimsical to dark to sexy to horrific to adventuresome.

wickedDelilah is the winner of the 2013 Steampunk Book of the Year and May Seal of Excellence from RT Book Reviews for WICKED AS SHE WANTS and has earned stars from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Library Journal for Wake of Vultures, as well as a star from Library Journal for the Blud e-novella THE DAMSEL AND THE DAGGERMAN.

VulturesDelilah loves horseback riding, superhero movies, Star Wars, going to cons, traveling, reading, tacos, the ocean, pretty boots, tattoos, vests, cosplay, The Cure, painting, crows, cheese, drinks made with elderflower, dark chocolate, cold sheets, Boyd Crowder, and shows like Justified, Firefly, Venture Bros., Community, Adventure Time, Arrested Development, TWD, and Frisky Dingo. Please geek out with her on Twitter for full SQUEE.

You can learn more about Delilah S. Dawson (aka Lila Bowen) at her website, whimsydark.com, and then come hang out with her and other awesome authors at the 2016 DLF!

2016 Featured Author: Jaye Wells


Jaye Wells is a USA Today-bestselling author of urban fantasy and speculative crime fiction. Raised by booksellers, she loved reading books from a very young age. That gateway drug eventually led to a full-blown writing addiction. When she’s not chasing the word dragon, she loves to travel, drink good bourbon and do things that scare her so she can put them in her books. Jaye lives in Texas.

deadlyspellsThis will be Wells’s first appearance at the Dahlonega Literary Festival. She is the author of The Prospero’s War Series, The Sabina Kane Series, and several other works.  You can visit her website at jayewells.com to learn more, and then come hang out with her at the 2016 DLF!

A Night of Literary Revelry

Join our fundraising chair, Jeremy Logan, and a host of other regional writers for an Evening of Book Reading and Stimulating Conversation on Saturday, October 24th.

While the party is in full swing, several of the authors will read excerpts of their most recent works. Come meet and mingle with Jeremy’s author friends as they celebrate the joy of reading a great story with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and desserts.

Attending Authors

Valerie Connors – Shadow of a Smile, A Promise Made
Rona Simmons – The Quiet Room, Postcards from Wonderland
Connie McKee – The Girl in the Mirror
Ed Gruber – Tony the Kneebreaker, Seeking Intimacy
Bob Babcock – War Stories I and II; What Now, Lieutenant?
Jeremy Logan – Rubik Memorandum, Don’t Go There
Susan Jimison – Dear Mark, Through the Eyes of a Tiger

Revelry and mingling kick-off at 7:30pm at 1517 Stonebrook Place  Roswell, GA 30075

Just the facts:

What: A Literary Party
Who: Anyone
Where: 1517 Stonebrook Place Roswell, GA 30075
When: 7:30 pm ET on Saturday, Oct 24

2016 Regional Writers Announced

The first batch of regional writers who will be gracing the town of Dahlonega with their presence during the 2016 festival have been announced. We are pleased to welcome Michael K. Brown, Kelsey Browning, A.R. Cook, Jim Henninger, Ron Miller, and Tom Winton to our regional writer line-up.

Learn more about these writers and their books by visiting our Regional Writer Page.

Bring Your Novel to Life Workshop

Come join us on October 3, 2015 for a writing workshop presented by Janice Hardy. This event is brought to you by the Dahlonega Literary Festival as a fundraising event for the 12th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival, which will be held March 12-13, 2016.

Great novels blend skilled writing with compelling storytelling, using a multitude of techniques to draw readers in and make them love the book. These techniques work together to build immersive story worlds, creating characters readers love, settings they want to live in, and stories they can’t put down.

In this half-day workshop, you’ll learn techniques to bring your novel to life for your readers. Use point of view to show, not tell, and draw readers in without infodumping; find the best ways to describe the setting and build a world; tap into the emotions of the characters and use those emotions to drive the plot and deepen the story; and how all these techniques work together to build a novel. With hands-on exercises, you’ll practice these techniques in class, and then put them to work in your own novel. Bring your laptop or pages!

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Janice Hardy is the author of The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. She’s also the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft, and the author of Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. For more information, please visit her website, www.JaniceHardy.com or her writing site, Fiction-University.com.


October 3, 2015 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Dahlonega Funeral Home
Community Special Event Room
20 Gibson Road D (on Hwy 60)
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Contact Information:

Carol Malcolm at cmalcolm@windstream.net


$75 (lunch included)
Please make checks to Dahlonega Literary Festival:
Dahlonega Literary Festival
P.O. Box 1401
Dahlonega, GA 30533

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2016 Featured Author: Joshilyn Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson Photo by  E V Jackson

2016 Featured Author Joshilyn Jackson
Photo by E V Jackson

New York Times Bestselling novelist Joshilyn Jackson lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Scott, their two children, Sam and Maisy Jane, and two feckless, dog-shaped wastrels who answer to Bagel and Ansley, especially if you are holding bacon. They all serve an orange tom named Mango in various capacities.

She is the author of six novels: Gods in Alabama, Between, Georgia, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, Backseat SaintsA Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and Someone Else’s Love Story. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages, won SIBA’s novel of the year, twice been a #1 Book Sense Pick, twice won Georgia Author of the Year, and twice been shortlisted for the Townsend prize.

SomeoneElsePBKA former actor, Jackson reads the audio versions of her novels; her work in this field has been nominated for the Audie Award, was selected by AudioFile Magazine for their best of the year list, has made the 2012 Audible All-Star list for highest listener ranks/reviews, and garnered three Listen Up Awards from Publisher’s Weekly. In 2012 Jackson began reading the audio versions of books written by other novelists, beginning with Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer.

Her new novel, Someone Else’s Love Story (partially set in Dahlonega!), is the #1 Indie Next Pick, an Amazon Best Book of the Month, an Okra Pick, the She Reads book club selection, a LibraryReads Selection, and A Bloggers Recommend Pick, so pretty much everyone on the planet is telling you to blow off your errands, take a long lunch, sneak away to a coffee house, and read it.

2016 Kick-off Reception

The 2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival will take place March 12 &13, but planning has already begun. Interested in hearing about the opportunities to get involved with the 2016 festival? Our steering committee will be hosting our annual kick-off reception later this summer. Want to help plan the 2016 festivities? Curious about volunteering for the day of the festival? Then this is your chance to get involved. These gatherings are the open to anyone interested in assisting the festival in any way. We encourage you to come and to bring your friends!

The kick-off reception will take place Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET, at the United Community Bank in Dahlonega, GA.

2016 Dahlonega Literary Festival Kick-off Reception

Friday, August 21st, 5:30-7:30pm ET

United Community Bank
206 Morrison Moore Pkwy W
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Sunday Schedule

Sunday, March 29th


  • Pucker Up: Writing Romance
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kathryn Hinds, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
    Community House


  • The Past as Inspiration: Using History
    Panelists: Lynn Cullen, Kevin Hearne, Jessica Handler, Cherie Priest, Kim Teter, George Weinstein
    Community House


  • Set in the South
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Susan Boyer, Mark Braught, Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane
    Community House

Dedicated Book Signing Schedule

Each author will have a dedicated time to sign books. These signings will take place in the Community House.

10:00-10:30 Raymond Atkins, Tanya Bennett, Mark Braught, Lynn Cullen, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Man Martin, Cherie Priest, George Weinstein

3:00-3:30 Susan Boyer, Lynn Cullen, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Robb Helfrick, Kathryn Hinds, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Cherie Priest, George Weinstein

4:15-4:45 Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Janice Hardy, Kathryn Hinds, Frances Mayes, Renea Winchester