Meet Dana Middleton! Dana is a children’s author from our very own Dahlonega, GA! Most of her inspiration for her books comes from her experiences from growing up on a farm here in Dahlonega. After moving to Los Angeles, Dana produced an Academy Award-nominated short film, and she was the recipient of a Los Angeles Theatre Ovation Award. Some of her children’s books includes “The Infinity Year of Avalon James,” and “Open If You Dare”. Dana still lives in Southern California with her husband, but she makes frequent trips to Dahlonega as much as she can!

If you would like more information on Dana Middleton, please visit her website at



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Meet Sarah Creech! She is the author of two novels, “Season of the Dragonflies,” and “The Whole Way Home”! Sarah’s short fiction and essays have appeared at various publications including “The Cortland Review,” “Writer’,” “StorySouth,” and “Literary Mama”. Sarah currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and children, and she teaches at Queens University of Charlotte! We are so excited to have Sarah with us at the festival!
For more information on the festival, please see our website
For more information on Sarah Creech, please visit her website 


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The Georgia Writers Museum and the Georgia Writers Hall of Fame join in celebrating the distinguished writers of Georgia.  These two organizations honor the lives, accomplishments, and works of Georgia’s writers.  They will have an information table at the 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival that will be located in the Regional Writers Section located in the Fellowship Hall on the lower floor of the Dahlonega Baptist Church located at 234 Hawkins Street, Dahlonega, Ga.

The Georgia Writers Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Eatonton, Georgia.  It was founded to showcase the three famous local writers, Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker and its goal is to collaborate with writer’s groups and literary organziations throughtout Georgia to build and promote a center for literary arts in the state’s Historic Heartland.  In addition, the Museum promotes writing workshops, lecture series, and book signing events.

The Georgia Writers Hall of Fame was established in 2000 as part of the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library in Athens, Georgia to honor Georgia writers and to introduce the public to the library’s rich collections for research into Georgia literature and cultural history.  Currently, it honors over sixty Georgia writers with an exhibit.  An annual public ceremony at the University of Georgia’s Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries celebrates each year’s annual inductees in conjunction with an exhibit of rare books and literary manuscripts.

While attending the 2018 DLF, please stop by the information table for these two wonderful organizations and learn more about them.



We are so excited to showcase all of our featured authors! Meet Phillippe Diedrich! Pen-named Danny Lopez for his mystery and thriller novels, Phillippe is the author of the “Dexter Vega Mysteries,” and “The Last Girl: A Mystery”. Phillippe is the author of “Playing for the Devil’s Fire,” a young adult novel. Phillippe also writes short stories which have been published in numerous literary journals, and his short stories have been nominated for the Puschcart nominations four times. His young adult novel “Finding Home at the End of the World” won the 2017 PEN/Phyllis Naylor Working Writer Fellowship. We are looking forward to having Phillippe at the festival!


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Meet UGA’s own Vince Dooley! Dooley has had a lasting impact on the University of Georgia, Southeastern Conference, and other collegiate athletics across the country. Dooley’s 25 years as head football coach earned him the distinction as the most successful coach in Georgia history. He guided the Bulldogs to a career record of 201-77-10 becoming only the ninth coach in NCAA Division I history to win over 200 games. The Bulldogs won one national championship (1980) and six SEC Championships under his direction. He was named NCAA National Coach of the Year by every major poll in 1980 and by Chevrolet-WTBS in 1982. A former president of the American Football Coaches Association, Dooley was named SEC Coach of the Year seven times and NCAA District Coach of the Year on six occasions. Under his watch as athletic director (since 1979), Georgia teams won 23 national championships (ten in his final six years) including an unprecedented four during the 1998-99 year (women’s swimming, gymnastics, men’s tennis, men’s golf). During Dooley’s tenure Georgia athletic teams won 78 SEC team championships and numerous individual national titles in both men’s and women’s sports.

Among his athletic achievements, Dooley has written a few books including two editions of “Dooley’s Dawgs” (with Loran Smith), “My 40 Years at Georgia” (with Tony Barnhart), “Dooley’s Playbook: The 34 Most Memorable Plays in Georgia Football History,” “Dooley’s Garden: A Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach,” and “History and Reminiscences of the University of Georgia”.

Whether you’re a Dawg’s fan or a book-lover, come on down to the festival, and meet Vince Dooley!



We have a new featured author that will be joining us at the festival! Meet Richard Jay Hutto! One of the foremost historians of the Gilded Age, he compiled and edited “Accepted Fables,” the autobiography of Jordan Massee, and wrote “Entitled: American Women,” “Titled Husbands,” and “The Pursuit of Excess.” Richard has also written “Crowning Glory: American Wives of Princes and Dukes,” and “Their Gilded Cage: The Jekyll Island Club Members.” His most recent book, “A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia,” was adapted on television by “Investigation Discovery.” Richard was featured as an on-air commentator. 

He has served as White House Appointments Secretary to the Carter family, he is a frequent international lecturer, and he served for ten years as an elected member of the City Council of Macon, Georgia. Come meet Richard at the festival in March!


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The Headliner Program for the 2018 Dahlonega Literary Festival has been announced!


Saturday, March 24, 2018, 11:30am

The Sanctuary of The Dahlonega Baptist Church

Sonny Seals and George S. Hart founded Historic Rural Churches of Georgia in 2012 to research, document, and ultimately preserve some of the most historic and architecturally significant rural churches in the state.

In the foreword to their book, Historic Rural Churches of Georgia, President Jimmy Carter says “I am proud to be associated with the book and the movement to preserve the historic rural churches of Georgia.” The book presents the stories of forty seven rural churches from all areas of the state, with nearly three hundred color pictures of sanctuaries, grounds and cemeteries.

In 2017, the book won five major book awards including the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Historic Preservation Award and most recently the Art Libraries Society of North America LoPresti Publication Award. Visit their website at  to learn more.

Looking forward to seeing you all at this VERY interesting and informative program!




We are going to start highlighting the featured authors that will be joining us for the upcoming festival in March! Today we are highlighting Jacob M. Appel. He is an American author, bioethicist, physician, lawyer and social critic. He is best known for his short stories, his work as a playwright, and his writing in the fields of reproductive ethics, organ donation, neuroethics and euthanasia. Appel’s novel The Man Who Wouldn’t Stand Up won the Dundee International Book Prize in 2012. We are so excited to have him as part of our featured authors. More info can be found on our website.



The next author that we have decided to feature is Johnathan Barrett. He is a native of Perry, Georgia with roots in Georgia that date back to the late 1700s. For seven generations, fresh, farm-to-table food played a unifying role in his family, and as child he was introduced, first-hand, to the ingredients, practices, and nuances of Southern fare. This rich heritage of place continues to play center stage in Johnathon’s life, particularly in regards to food and dining. Successfully melding the classic menus of his birthplace with an expanded appreciation of other cuisines, the author, now a renowned host and cook, has called culinary-rich Savannah, Georgia his home for the last thirty years. More info can be found on our website.



Meet Valerie Boyd! She is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston and the forthcoming Spirits in the Dark: The Untold Story of Black Women in Hollywood.
An Associate Professor and the Charlayne Hunter-Gault Distinguished Writer in Residence at the Grady College of Journalism at the University of Georgia, she teaches magazine writing, arts reviewing and narrative nonfiction. She also has taught creative nonfiction in the graduate writing program at Antioch University in Los Angeles. We are so excited that she will me part of the upcoming festival March 24-25, 2018. Don’t miss it!