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.

Sponsorship and Donations


Dear Patron of the Arts,

Would you like to meet famous authors?

The 10th Annual Dahlonega Literary Festival will be held March 8th and 9th, 2014, at the Community House and St. Luke’s, and will include panel discussions, presentations, and book signings.  All of these events are free.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization   Ours is an intimate festival about books and authors.  Our mission is to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment so those attending have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors.  In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees have the opportunity to have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant or attend our dinner extravaganza on Saturday.

Our 2014 Author Selection Committee has scheduled the following authors for our next event: Terry Kay, Joshilyn Jackson, Cassandra King, Deanna Raybourn, and many more. We hope you will come to see your favorite authors and meet others you may be unfamiliar with.

As you can imagine, festival expenses add up quickly, and we need your financial support to make our event a success. Your tax-deductible contribution will help with fees, travel expenses and lodging for the authors, and aids in ensuring most festival events remain free-of-charge.  As a patron, you will receive the benefits listed on the enclosed Patron Response Form.  Most importantly, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have preserved and advanced the literary arts in Dahlonega.

We would appreciate the return of the Patron Response Form and your contribution. If you have questions, please contact any of us at the email addresses listed below.

Thank you, in advance, for your support.  We look forward to seeing you in March!


Arienne Wallace Rumsch (ariennewallace@windstream.net), Sharon Bacek (sgbacek@america.net), Carol Malcolm (cmalcolm@windstream.net), Ken Smoke (kensmoke369@hotmail.com), April Loebick (aprilnloebick@gmail.com), Sharon Kridel (skridel@windstream.net)


The Dahlonega Literary Festival is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, as part of the Dahlonega Arts Council.


Used Book Sale: Dec 7

Used Book Sale: DEC 7
Share this with your book-loving friends

We will have a booth set up at the Chestatee Regional Hospital’s Winterfest, which will be part yard sale, part craft show, beginning at 8 am on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013 in the parking lot of the old BB&T building (across from the Holly) in Dahlonega, GA. Come browse our selection and pick up a few Christmas gifts (and maybe some for yourself!). We will have hundreds of books to choose from.

Rawlings and Lindsley added to Line-up

Two new authors have been added to our festival line-up. We are happy to announce that festival veteran William Rawlings, author of A Killing on Ring Jaw Bluff will be returning this year. He and all of our other wonderful authors will be joined by newbie, Susan Lindsley, author of Susan Myrick of Gone With The Wind.


New Authors Added to Line-up

We are pleased to announce that we have added new authors to the 2014 line-up! Illustrator and DLF Veteran Mark Braught will once again grace us with his presence. Science fiction and fantasy writer Alex Hughes will also be in attendance at this year’s festival. We are also excited that Joshilyn Jackson will be returning this year! Jackson’s new book, Someone Else’s Love Story, is set partially in Dahlonega.

It’s shaping up to be an exciting and entertaining festival!

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.

Lunch with the Authors

Have lunch with your favorite author on Saturday, November 10th! Below is the list of authors and where they’re having lunch. Please note that it is best if you call the restaurant ahead of time to make reservations. Some of these places fill up FAST! Click on the Restaurant names to visit their website and preview the menu.


Nov. 10, 2012  11:30 to 12:30

Call restaurant for a reservation


Bourbon Street Grill   706-864-0086
Gregg Loomis
Kimberly Brock

Corkscrew                   706-867-8551
Carole Townsend
Cindy Woodsmall

Crimson Moon            706-864-3982
A. J. Hartley
J. T. Ellison

Dante’s                        706-864-4091
Britt Menzies
Carol Marsh

Piazza                          706-867-9881
Karen White
Nick Wynne

Porter House               706-867-0448
Jackie Cooper

Pueblo’s                      706-867-7155
Delilah Dawson
Mark Braught
Mark Warren

Shenanigan’s              706-482-0114
Ann Hite
Joe Morgan

Yahoola Creek            706-482-2200
Faith Hunter
Barbara Brown Taylor