2015 Featured Author: Delilah S. Dawson

delilahdawsonpic1cropDelilah S. Dawson is the author of the Blud series, including Wicked as They Come, Wicked After Midnight, and Wicked as She Wants, winner of the May Seal of Excellence and Steampunk Book of the Year for 2013 from RT Book Reviews. Her works for Young Adults include the Southern Gothic Servants of the Storm and Hit, a pre-dystopian about teen assassins in a bank-owned America, both of which are set in Georgia. Delilah is a native of Roswell and currently resides in Dahlonega.

Regional Writers Added: Teter, Pickens, Povich, & Denney

Our list of writers who will be joining us for our Regional Writers section is growing! We have four new names and faces to add to out 2015 line-up. We are pleased to announce the addition of Kerry Alan Denney (Soulsnatcher), Shelley Pickens (The Haunting of Secrets), Becky Povich (From Pigtails to Chin Hairs: A Memoir & More), and Kimberly Cross Teter (Isabella’s Libretto) to the Dahlonega Literary Festival. Learn more about these writers and others on our Regional Writers page.

2015 Featured Author: Frances Mayes

FMayes_SBA_Bio-1Frances Mayes has always adored houses, and when she saw Bramasole, a neglected, 200-year old Tuscan farmhouse nestled in five overgrown acres, it was love at first sight. Out of that instant infatuation has come six marvelous, and hugely popular, books. The #1 bestseller Under the Tuscan Sun remained on The New York Times bestseller list for two and a half years and was later made into a popular film starring Diane Lane. The other international best sellers are: Bella Tuscany and Every Day in Tuscany, the last in her Tuscan trilogy. She has published two photo-texts, In Tuscany, a collaborative photo-textbook with her husband, the poet Edward Mayes and photographer Bob Krist, and Bringing Tuscany Home: Sensuous Style from the Heart of Italy, another collaborative book with Edward Mayes and photographer Steven Rothfeld. All her highly personal books are about taking chances, living in Italy, loving and renovating an old Italian villa, the pleasures of food, books, wine, gardens, and the “voluptuousness of Italian life.” Her books are translated into more than fifty languages.

Recent projects include Frances Mayes’s The Passionate Traveler Journal, a blank book with quotes, and The Tuscan Sun Cookbook: Recipes from My Italian Kitchen, coauthored with Edward Mayes, and with photographs by Steven Rothfeld.

Her first novel, Swan, a family saga and mystery, returned Mayes to her childhood home of Georgia. She is the author of the travel memoir, A Year in the World: Journeys of A Passionate Traveller, which immediately debuted as a New York Times bestseller. Working again with photographer Steven Rothfeld, she also published Shrines: Images of Italian Worship.

A widely published poet and essayist, Frances Mayes has written numerous books of poetry, including Sunday in Another Country, After Such Pleasures, The Arts of Fire, Hours, The Book of Summer, and Ex Voto. Her text, The Discovery of Poetry: A Field Guide to Reading and Writing Poems, is widely used in college poetry classes.

Her most recent book is her widely acclaimed memoir of growing up in the South, Under Magnolia (Crown, 2014).

Formerly a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, where she directed The Poetry Center and chaired the Department of Creative Writing, Mayes now devotes herself full time to writing, and, currently, to another renovation of Bramasole. She and her husband divide their time between North Carolina and Tuscany. Visit Frances at http://www.francesmayesbooks.com.

Mize and Page Added to Regional Writers Line-up

Please join the Dahlonega Literary Festival in welcoming two writers to our Regional Writers line-up. Dianne Mize, author of Finding Freedom to Create, and Rodney Page, author of Powers Not Delegated, will be joining us for the 2015 DLF. Learn more about these writers and other members of our line-up by visiting our Regional Writers page, where you can also learn more about applying to be a part of this year’s festival.