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.

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.

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


Dahlonega Literary Festival Lunch with the Author Locations

(*Call or email restaurant for reservations where noted)

Susan Boyer: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Mark Braught: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street

Jackie K Cooper: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Lynn Cullen: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Jessica Handler: Crimson Moon, 24 North Park Street

Janice Hardy: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Molly Harper: Corkscrew Cafe, 51 West Main Street (706-867-8551)*

Robb Helfrick: Spirits Tavern, 19 East Main Street*

Kathryn Hinds: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Ann Hite: Gustavo’s, 16 Public Square

Vicki Lane: Don Pollo, 125 East Main Street

Erika Marks: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

Man Martin: Shenanigan’s, 87 North Chestatee St.

Cherie Priest: Bourbon Street Grill, 90 A Public Square North

George Weinstein: Back Porch Oyster Bar, 19 North Chestatee Street (706-864-8623)*

Renea Winchester: Bourbon Street Grill,  90 A Public Square North

Lunch seating with Frances Mayes, Kevin Hearne, Delilah S. Dawson, and Raymond Atkins is no longer available.

Passarella and Wright Added to Regional Writers

The festival approaches and we’re still getting new regional writers added to our 2015 line-up! Please join us in welcoming Lee Passarella and Dan Wright. To learn more about these authors, their books, and all the other Regional Writers participating in this year’s festival, head over to our Regional Writers section and the come meet them at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

2015 Special Appearance: Janice Hardy

Janice Hardy RGB 72Janice Hardy is the author of the teen fantasy trilogy The Healing Wars, including The Shifter, Blue Fire, and Darkfall from Balzer+Bray/Harper Collins. The Shifter, was chosen for the 2014 list of “Ten Books All Young Georgians Should Read” from the Georgia Center for the Book. It was also shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize (2011), and The Truman Award (2011). She’s the founder of Fiction University, a site dedicated to helping writers improve their craft. The first book in her Foundations of Fiction series is Planning Your Novel: Ideas and Structure, a self-guided workshop for planning or revising a novel. She grew up in South Florida, but six hurricanes in one year encouraged her to move to a less tropical climate. She now happily lives in Georgia with her husband, one yard zombie, three cats, and a very nervous freshwater eel. For more information, please visit her at www.JaniceHardy.com or at her writing site, Fiction-University.com.

2015 Schedule of Events is Here!

Saturday, March 28

9:00 -10:00  

  • Heroes and Villains: Creating Memorable Characters
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Ann Hite, Vicki Lane, Erika Marks, Man Martin, Cherie Priest,George Weinstein
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • I Have Been So Many People: A Discussion of Lee Smith’s Novels
    Presenter: Tanya Bennett
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Writing and Illustrating Children’s Books
    Panelists: Mark Braught & Lynn Cullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104




  • Lunch with the Author 
    Locations and Reservation Information Soon


  • Beneath the Surface: The Scope of Fantasy 
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Kathryn Hinds, Ann Hite, Cherie Priest
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • The Element of Mystery in Fiction
    Panelists: Susan Boyer, Lynn Cullen, Vicki Lane, Cynthia Lott, Erika Marks, George Weinstein
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Creating Images With Your Heart: the Emotional Component of Photography
    Presenter: Robb Helfrick
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104


  • The Art of Non-Fiction
    Panelists: Jackie Cooper, Jessica Handler, Kathryn Hinds, Frances Mayes, Renea Winchester
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Novel-writing Tips
    Presenter: Janice Hardy
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104


  • Tickling the Funnybone: Using Humor  
    Panelists: Raymond Atkins, Susan Boyer, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Kevin Hearne, Man Martin
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Historical Fiction Set in the Golden Age of Medieval Moorish Spain
    Presenter: John D. Cressler
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Character Drawing
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 104


  • Reception for Featured Authors and Regional Writers
    Open to the Public
    Community House


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


2015 Special Appearance: Robb Helfrick

Robb Helfrick B&W HeadshotRobb Helfrick specializes in art photography for editorial and publishing clients. His photographs have appeared in Sierra, National Geographic Adventure, Audubon, Sky, Atlanta Magazine, National Geographic Traveler, Travel Holiday, and National Parks as well as many other prominent publications. Robb is the author of 13 photographic coffee table books, the latest being North Carolina Unforgettable. On this second book about the Tar Heel State, he has compiled his best collection of images that celebrate the state’s rich history, culture, heritage and scenery. Among his other southeastern books published by Farcountry Press, Robb has photographed the cities of Charleston, Savannah and St. Augustine as well as the state of Georgia and the American Civil War. He is the recipient of many awards for his work, including the Foote Memorial Award for Conservation Photography. He is currently working on a new book that will feature his aerial imagery.

Keynote Speaker: Frances Mayes

FMayes_SBA_Bio-1In collaboration with the 2015 Southern Literary Festival, we are excited to have internationally bestselling author Frances Mayes as the keynote speaker for our 2015 festival. Mayes is most widely known for her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Her newest book, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, will be released in paperback this Spring. The keynote address will take place at 11am EST in the University of North Georgia Health and Natural Sciences auditorium. It will be followed by a book signing in the same location. FoxTale Book Shoppe will be on site with books for sale.

Keynote Schedule:

11:00-12:00 Keynote address, Frances Mayes, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium

12:00-12:30 Book-signing, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium