DLF logo square justThe Dahlonega Literary Festival is an annual celebration of books that takes place in March. Situated in Historic Downtown Dahlonega, the festival continues to grow and become more delightful as the years go on. Ours is an intimate festival about books and authors with a mission to promote interaction between readers and writers in a relaxed, informal environment. Visitors have an opportunity to meet and interact with the authors. In addition to attending speaking events and book signings, attendees can have lunch with their favorite authors at a local restaurant.

Past featured authors include: Frances Mayes, Diana Gabaldon, Terry Kay, Deanna Raybourn, Joshilyn Jackson, and many more. Where else can you see, have conversations with, and even dine with bestselling authors while surrounded by the beautiful North Georgia Mountains.

We promise that it will interest anyone who is a lover of books and reading. All festival events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Dahlonega Literary Festival operates under the 501c3 umbrella of the Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition. Please visit our Sponsorship page if you are interested in donating to our festival.

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2018 Festival Steering Committee

Chair: Donna Gessell

Secretary:  Arienne Wallace


Author Selection/Scheduling Committee Chair: Sharon Thomason

Regional Writers Committee Chair: Ken Smoke

Publicity Co-Chairs:

Facilities/Events Committee Chair: Renee Bricker

Sponsorships/Fundraising Committee Chair: 


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  1. LG Bridges here. I am a recently published Georgia author & write for the middle school reader. Would I be able to rent a table in the writer section at Fellowship Hall for your Saturday event from 9 to 4:30? I would so very much like to participate, please contact me at 404-783-3220 or email below


    • Good afternoon, Ms. Bridges! Sounds like you would fall under our Regional Writer category of authors. All of our RW tables have been filled for 2018, but we are accepting applications for 2019. Please contact me at: kensmoke369@hotmail.com and I will be glad to provide you with details on how to apply. Thank you so much for your interest in participating in our Festival.


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