The Dahlonega Literary Festival is proud to announce that we, in collaboration with the Dahlonega Science Festival, have two Special Events on Saturday, March 24, 2018:  Lunch With The Authors and the Gala Dinner!  Tickets for these two events are available online! If there are tickets still available after the deadline for online purchasing, then tickets will be sold at the door for as long as seats are available.  Deadline for purchasing tickets online is Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00pm. Dress for these events is “Casual.”

To purchase tickets for these two events online, click here.

We are also offering Dahlonega Literary Festival t-shirts for sale.  The deadline for ordering Festival T-Shirts has also passed, but there will be a few for sale in the Regional Writer Area (in Fellowship Hall, Dahlonega Baptist Church) on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  If you pre-ordered a t-shirt online, you will pick your shirt up in the Regional Writer Area.

Read on for more information on these Special Events and t-shirts.



LUNCH WITH THE AUTHORS:  Enjoy a buffet lunch catered by Shenanigan’s with a Dahlonega Literary Festival Featured Author. We will seat you on a first-come, first-served basis with your favorite DLF Featured Author. The lunch is Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 12:30 to 1:45pm at the Dahlonega Marketplace (100 Public Square North, Dahlonega, Ga.). Lunch includes a sandwich, sides, dessert, and a drink. Tickets purchased online cost $15.00/person. Tickets at the door will cost $17.00/person as long as seats are available.  The deadline for purchasing tickets online is Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00pm.  Dress for this event is “Casual.”  To purchase tickets online, click here.



GALA DINNER: Celebrate both the Dahlonega Literary Festival and the Dahlonega Science Festival with a Gala Dinner featuring a guest performance by “Professor Boggs,” who will entertain us with fun science songs, and Professor Jim Costa, author of Darwin’s Backyard, a New York Times‘ bestseller, who will give the evening’s Keynote Speech. The dinner will be held Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the Dahlonega Marketplace (100 Public Square North, Dahlonega, Ga.). Dinner is catered by Shenanigan’s Irish Pub and includes choice of entrees, sides, and dessert. A cash bar will be available. Tickets purchased online are $35.00/person.  Tickets at the door will cost $37.00/person as long as seats are available.  Deadline to purchase tickets online is Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 10:00pm.  Dress for this event is “Casual.” To purchase tickets online, click here.


Here is a brief biography of Professor Costa followed by a brief description of his Keynote Presentation:


Jim Costa is executive director of the Highlands Biological Station and professor of biology at Western Carolina University, where he teaches courses on biogeography, evolution, and Darwin. He is a long-time Research Associate in Entomology at Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology, and a former fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. Jim lectures widely in the US and abroad, and is currently serving as a Sigma Xi distinguished lecturer and a trustee of the Charles Darwin Trust. The author of numerous papers and the books Wallace, Darwin, and the Origin of Species; On the Organic Law of Change; and The Annotated Origin (all Harvard University Press), Jim was awarded the silver Wallace Medal from the London-based Alfred Russel Wallace Memorial Fund in 2017 for his contributions to Wallace scholarship. His latest book, Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory (W. W. Norton)was a finalist for the 2018 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books. Jim lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with his wife Leslie and sons Addison and Eli.


(R)evolutionary War: Darwin’s Origin and Descent: Scientific & Literary Influence

Charles Darwin was infamously silent on the subject of people in his watershed book On the Origin of Species, cryptically concluding only that “Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history.” No one was fooled, and much of the ensuring firestorm of controversy over the book centered on its implications for humans and society. When others undertook works exploring human evolution, Darwin could remain silent no longer, and a dozen years after the Origin‘s publication he produced The Descent of Man, articulating his own vision for human origins. No less groundbreaking, or controversial, Descent is Darwin’s second-greatest work after the Origin. Together they launched a new era in understanding the nature of the biological world and our place in it, inspiring new avenues of scientific research while influencing a range of philosophical, artistic, and literary explorations of their implications.



What festival would be complete without offering a festival t-shirt, right?!  Our official festival t-shirts for the March 24th and 25th 2018 festival are ready to be ordered and are only $12.00 each! These t-shirts are made by Delta Apparel and are 100% cotton. Featured in the colors sage and lilac, these t-shirts are bound to bring back great memories of the Festival. Get yours today! Well, the deadline for purchasing a Festival t-shirt online has passed, but we will have a limited amount to sell during the Festival.  If you have pre-ordered a t-shirt you can pick it up at The Dahlonega Baptist Church in the Regional Writer Area on Saturday, March 24, 2018.  A few T-Shirts will be for sale there as well.





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