2017 Featured Author: June Hall McCash

JHMcCashJune Hall McCash is the author, co-author, or editor of thirteen books (four historical novels, eight nonfiction works, and one book of poetry) as well as numerous articles. Her novel, Plum Orchard, won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for best novel in 2013. Her first novel, Almost to Eden, also won the Georgia Author of the Year Award for first novel in 2011. She is the recipient of eight other literary awards for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. She has spoken to many historical, museum, library, book clubs, and university groups throughout the South, as well as in Connecticut, New York, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Michigan, Texas, and abroad in France, England, Ireland, Wales, Holland, Switzerland, Italy, and Canada. She has appeared in four film documentaries and on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Her nonfiction books have focused primarily on the history of Jekyll Island, Georgia and medieval literature. Her most recent books are Marguerite’s Landing, published in 2016, and The Boys of Shiloh, published in December, 2015.

McCash holds a bachelor’s degree from Agnes Scott College as well as a master’s degree in French and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Emory University. Before becoming a full-time writer, she enjoyed an academic career at Middle Tennessee State University as a professor of French and humanities. At MTSU she was founding director of the University Honors Program (now Honors College) and chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. She was the recipient of MTSU awards for teaching, distinguished research (1996), and career achievement (2003), the latter being the highest award given to one faculty member each year by the MTSU Foundation, She is also the recipient of as outstanding alumna award from Agnes Scott College in 1996.

She has been a fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Council of Education. Serving as chair of Humanities Tennessee, she helped to found the Southern Festival of Books. She also served as president of the Southeastern Medieval Association and the International Courtly Literature Society. She has recently completed a nine-year term as a trustee of the Jekyll Island Foundation and currently serves on the Foundation’s advisory board.

(Bio and image from author’s website)



Georgia Writers Museum at DLF

While you’re perusing  our talented selection of Regional Writers this weekend, don’t forget to stop by the Georgia Writers Museum booth!

The mission of the museum is “to promote tourism and literary heritage by providing a venue to showcase the lives, accomplishments and works of local authors.” Find out more about the museum at their website: http://www.georgiawritersmuseum.com/ and then stop by their booth in St. Luke’s on Saturday and meet them in person!

2016 DLF Lunch with the Author Information

Lunch with the Author will take place on Saturday, March 12 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. Find out where your favorite authors will be eating and hanging out with their fans in the list below. Please call or email to make reservations to make sure you get a seat at the table!

Karen Abbott:  Bourbon Street Grill (email cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jacob M. Appel: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)

V.L. Brunskill: Picnic Cafe  (706-864-1095)

Jackie Cooper: Shenanigan’s (cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Delilah S. Dawson: Corkscrew Cafe  (706-867-8551)

Molly Harper: Spirits Tavern  (706-482-0580)

Ann Hite: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Joshilyn Jackson: Pueblos  (706-867-7155)

Brian Panowich: Don Pollo  (706-867-0233)

Cherie Priest: Gustavo’s  (706-864-2366)

M.J. Pullen: Shenanigan’s  (email cmalcolm@windstream.net by Friday, 3-11, 11:00 p.m.)

Jaye Wells: Back Porch Oyster Bar  (706-864-8623)


Rare Book Sale

The Friends of Lumpkin County Library will offer a selection of rare, old, and downright nifty books at the Dahlonega Literary Festival this year. Please come browse a selection of fiction and non-fiction books, many dating back to the 1800’s. Topics such as the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln will be offered, and authors including Dickens, Joyce, and Huxley (to name but a few). Add a wonderful book to your collection or give a gift that will surely be cherished. All proceeds to benefit the Lumpkin County Library.

2016 DLF Schedule

2016 Festival Schedule

Saturday, March 12

9:00 -10:00  

  • The Long and the Short Of It: The Art of Short Fiction
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers: Blending Fact with Fiction
    Panelists: Angela Cerrito, Valerie Connors, Ed DeVos, Walt Griffin, Kevin Horgan, Phil Miller, Rona Simmons
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • The Opposite of Everyone: A Book Talk
    Presented by Joshilyn Jackson
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers: Using Fantasy Elements
    Panelists: Alison Reeger Cook, Carolyn O’Neal, Shelley Pickens, Debra Webb Rogers, Tom Winton
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy
    Presented by Karen Abbott
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Regional Writers:  Intense Scenarios
    Panelists : Mike Brown, Evan Guilford-Blake, Jim Henninger, J. Frank James, Ron Miller, Carol Williams, Tom Wood
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106


  • Lunch with the Authors
    Locations and additional information coming soon.


  • Laughter Can Be the Best Medicine: Using Humor
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Jameson Gregg, Molly Harper, Joshilyn Jackson, M.J. Pullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Workshop on Character Drawing: What Will They Look Like?  Pt. 1
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Page-Turners: Sustaining Suspense
    Panelists: V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells, Kelsey Browning, Lisa Clark O’Neill
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 103/105
  • Local Talent: North Georgia Authors Guild Reading
    Panelists: T.C. Carter, Joe Cobb Crawford, Guy Middleton, David Rothel, Trisha Slay, Clint Smith, Sharon Thomason
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 106
  • Workshop on Character Drawing: What Will They Look Like?  Pt. 2
    Presenter: Mark Braught
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Telling it Like it is: The Art of Non-Fiction
    Panelists: Jacob M. Appel, Jackie Cooper, Jane Fishman, Tim Link, Tinaz Pavri, Scott Seeke)
  • Tips for the Distracted Writer
    Presenter: M.J. Pullen
    St. Luke’s, Rm. 101


  • Reception for Featured Authors and Regional Writers
    Open to the Public
    Community House

Sunday, March 13th


  • Hiding in Plain Sight: Supernatural Fiction
    Panelists: Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells
    Community House


  • Writing Memorable Characters
    Panelists: Karen Abbott, Jackie Cooper, M.J. Pullen, John Ingrisano
    Community House


  • The Ties that Bind: Family in Souther Fiction
    Panelists: V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Joshilyn Jackson, Brian Panowich
    Community House

Book Signing Schedule

Featured and Special Appearance Authors
Saturday, March 12th
Community House

10:15-10:45 a.m. Jacob M. Appel, Delilah S. Dawson, Molly Harper, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells

11:30 a.m-12:00 p.m. Joshilyn Jackson

3:15-3:45 p.m. Karen Abbott, Jacob Appel, Jackie Cooper, Delilah S. Dawson, Jameson Gregg, Molly Harper, Joshilyn Jackson, M.J. Pullen

4:30-5:00 p.m. Mark Braught, V.L. Brunskill, Ann Hite, Brian Panowich, Cherie Priest, Jaye Wells

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2016 Special Appearance: Jameson Gregg


Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Jameson Gregg’s family moved to Georgia’s Golden Isles, where he graduated from Glynn Academy High School. He earned a business degree from the University of Mississippi in 1978 and a law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1983.

Jameson practiced business and real estate law for 20 years in the Brunswick/St. Simons Island, Georgia, area and achieved the highest national rating of the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory before commiitting to his passion for writing full time. A former Partner of Gilbert, Harrell, Gilbert, Sumerford, Martin and Gregg – Georgia’s second oldest law firm – he is currently an inactive member of the Georgia Bar.

Jameson is an avid runner, has competed in half-marathons, and now regularly competes in 5Ks. He enjoys outdoor adventure, having hunted on two African safaris and bicycled 500 miles across Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. He also enjoys hiking the North Georgia mountains, and kayaking and fishing its rivers and streams. He played catcher for his youth Georgia baseball state championship team, Ole Miss intramural handball champion, and coached his children’s baseball and softball teams. Offbeat college jobs include deck hand on a Mississippi River tugboat, traveling circus promoter, taxi driver, and iceman in a chicken plant.



2016 Special Appearance: Mark Braught


Mark Braught is an award-winning illustrator who has created images for numerous corporations, design firms, advertising agencies and publishers in the United States and Europe. He has taught at the University of Georgia, Creative Circus, and the Portfolio Center as well as workshops and presentations for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, numerous literary festivals, universities, high schools and elementary schools across the country.

Projects & Clients include The Kentucky Derby, Warner Brothers, Scholastic, Sleeping Bear Press, Newsweek, Citibank, Visa, Learner Publishing, Oxford Press among others.

Braught is the illustrator of the children’s books P is for Peach: A Georgia AlphabetCosmo’s Moon, Dear Baby, I’m Watching Over You, T is for Touchdown, A Football Alphabet, J is For Jump Shot, A Basketball Alphabet, and Ellen Craft’s Escape from Slavery, and Piggles Choice in addition to a number of book covers including Princess Nevermore and Cam’s Quest.



2016 Featured Author: Cherie Priest

Photo by Libby Bulloff

Photo by Libby Bulloff

Cherie Priest is the author of 19 books and novellas, most recently the acclaimed gothic horror stories Chapelwoodand Maplecroft, and the hit young adult project I Am Princess X. But she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker. Boneshaker was nominated for both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award; it was a PNBA Award winner, and winner of the Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Cherie also wrote Bloodshot and Hellbent from Bantam Spectra; Fathom and the Eden Moore series from Tor; and three novellas for Subterranean Press. In addition to all of the above, her first foray into George R. R. Martin’s superhero universe, Fort Freak (for which she wrote the interstitial mystery), debuted in the summer of 2011. Her short stories and nonfiction articles have appeared in such fine publications as Weird Tales, Publishers Weekly, and numerous anthologies – and her books have been translated into nine languages in eleven countries. These days, she lives in a nifty old house in Chattanooga, TN, with her husband and a small menagerie of exceedingly photogenic pets.



2016 Featured Author: M.J. Pullen

When she’s not chasing two little boys or trying to wipe something sticky off the floor, M.J. (Manda) Pullen is the bestselling author of women’s fiction and romantic comedies: Every Other Saturday, The Marriage Pact, Regrets Only (coming March 2016) and Baggage Check (coming July 2016).

M.J. grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. Writing has always been a big part of her life, both professionally and personally. She studied English Literature and Business at the University of Georgia in Athens, and later Professional Counseling at Georgia State University in Atlanta. She practiced psychotherapy for five years before taking a sabbatical to spend more time writing and raising her brood. Since high school, she has also been an executive assistant, cashier, telemarketer, professional fundraiser, marketing guru, magazine writer, grant-writer, waitress, box-packer, HR person, and casual drifter.

M.J. loves creating true-to-life characters who are flawed, relatable, and most importantly redeemable. She tries to explore all aspects of relationships, from romantic entanglements to battles between mortal enemies, and everything in between. She reads and writes across many genres, and learns something from everything she does. No matter what she’s writing, M.J. believes that love is the greatest adventure there is, and that hopeless romantics are never really hopeless.

After years traveling and living in places like Portland, Oregon, and Austin, Texas, M.J. has now returned to her home city of Atlanta, where she lives with her husband and two young sons. She loves to hear from readers and other writers – so drop her a line!


2016 Featured Author: Brian Panowich


A military brat, Brian Panowich grew up constantly on the move and saw such varied locations as Germany, Rome, East Berlin (before the wall came down), and the Swiss Alps. He was a touring musician for twelve years before settling in East Georgia with his family. He now works full-time as a firefighter.

Brian is the author of Bull Mountain, a southern crime saga from Putnam Books. He has several stories available in print and online collections. Two of his stories, “If I Ever Get Off This Mountain” and “Coming Down The Mountain”, were nominated for a Spinetingler award in 2013. Bull Mountain is his first novel.