2014 Special Appearance: Tanya Long Bennett

tbennettTanya Long Bennett is a professor of English at University of North Georgia, Dahlonega, where she has been teaching for the last 14 years. In addition to “I Have Been So Many People”: A Study of Lee Smith’s Novels, her writing interests include a young adult novel called The Morleys in Space and a scholarly study of Louise Erdrich’s fiction. She enjoys teaching in the areas of composition and literary studies.

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

2015 Special Appearance: John D. Cressler

JDCresslerJohn D. Cressler is Schlumberger Chair Professor at Georgia Tech and the author of five non-fiction books (two for general audiences) and the historical novel Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in medieval Muslim Spain. Shadows in the Shining City is the second release in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Visit the author at http://johndcressler.com.

2015 Special Appearance: Renea Winchester

Renea Winchester is the author of three traditionally-published books, and two e-books. She leads workshops for the Georgia Writers Association and has judged the Georgia Author of the Year competition. She is also a long-time member of the Atlanta Writers RWinchesterClub and belongs to a phenomenal critique group that is affiliated with the AWC. Her work has won the Wilma Dykeman Award, and been nominated for a SIBA. Her short stories have been featured in numerous collections. Her latest work, Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches, is a publication of Mercer University Press. Renea is currently working on a novel titled Outbound Train.

www.reneawinchester.com

2015 Featured Author: Lynn Cullen

Lynn Cullen Author Photo 2013Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fifth girl in a family of seven children. She learned to love history combined with traveling while visiting historic sites across the U.S. on annual family camping trips. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and took writing classes with Tom McHaney at Georgia State. She wrote children’s books as her three daughters were growing up, while working in a pediatric office and later, at Emory University on the editorial staff of a psychoanalytic journal. While her camping expeditions across the States have become fact-finding missions across Europe, she still loves digging into the past. She does not miss, however, sleeping in musty sleeping bags. Or eating canned fruit cocktail. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.

Lynn Cullen’s newest novel, Mrs. Poe, examines the fall of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of his lover, poet Francis Osgood. A National Bestseller, Mrs. Poe has been named a Target Book Club Pick, a NPR 2013 Great Read, an Oprah.com “Books That Make Time Stand Still,” an Editor’s Pick at The Historical Novels Review, an Atlanta Magazine Best Books 2013, and an Indie Next Pick. Lynn is also the author of The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next selection. She has written numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. Her novel, Reign of Madness, about Juana the Mad, daughter of the Spanish Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, was chosen as a 2011 Best of the South selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist” and was chosen as a “Book That All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book.  Her newest picture book for children, “Dear Mr. Washington” about how the children of the painter Gilbert Stuart got the President to smile for his portrait now on the dollar bill, was released by Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers in January 2014  She is currently working on a novel about the women in the life of Mark Twain.

2015 Featured Illustrator: Mark Braught

Mark Braught is an award-winning illustrator who has created images for numerous corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and publishers in the United States and Europe. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and the Portfolio Center as well as workshops and presentations for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, numerous literary festivals, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.

Projects & Clients include The Kentucky Derby, Warner Brothers, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Newsweek, Citibank, Visa, Learner Publishing, Oxford Press among others.

MBraughtBraught is the illustrator of the children’s books P is for Peach, A Georgia AlphabetCosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You, T is for Touchdown, A Football Alphabet, J is For Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet, and Ellen Craft’s Escape from Slavery, and Piggles Choice in addition to a number of book covers including Princess Nevermore and Cam’s Quest.

 www.markbraught.com

 

 

New Regional Writers Announced!

In the past few weeks, our additions to the Regional Writers section has swelled dramatically. We are excited to announce the addition of several new writers to the line-up:

Valerie Conners
Kerwin Frix
Lyn Froehlich
Jeremy Logan
Thomas H. McNeely
Ed Payne
Steven Spires
Judy Voss

Learn more about these author and their works on our Regional Writers page, and then come meet them in person at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!

2015 Featured Author: Kathryn Hinds

KHindsKathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Her most recent publications are The Healer’s Choice,  a feminist fantasy novel published by Dark Oak Press, and The Forty, a collaboration with photographer Fox Gradin and author James Palmer that re-envisions the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013. That year also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square), which brought her total number of nonfiction books for children and young adults to fifty. Her current works in progress include a sequel to The Healer’s Choice along with a novel in verse and a collection of steampunk short stories. Kathryn did graduate work in comparative literature and medieval studies at the City University of New York and is now a lecturer in the English Department of the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 1995.