Ann Hite’s debut novel, Ghost On Black Mountain, not only became a Townsend Prize Finalist but won Georgia Author of the Year in 2012. Her personal essays and short stories have been published in numerous national anthologies. The Storycatcher is her second Black Mountain novel. The latest Black Mountain novel is Where the Souls Go.
Ann is an admitted book junkie with a library of over a thousand books. She lives in Smyrna, Georgia with her husband and daughter, where she allows her Appalachian characters to dictate their stories.
The festival approaches and we’re still getting new regional writers added to our 2015 line-up! Please join us in welcoming Lee Passarella and Dan Wright. To learn more about these authors, their books, and all the other Regional Writers participating in this year’s festival, head over to our Regional Writers section and the come meet them at the 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival!
In collaboration with the 2015 Southern Literary Festival, we are excited to have internationally bestselling author Frances Mayes as the keynote speaker for our 2015 festival. Mayes is most widely known for her book Under the Tuscan Sun. Her newest book, Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir, will be released in paperback this Spring. The keynote address will take place at 11am EST in the University of North Georgia Health and Natural Sciences auditorium. It will be followed by a book signing in the same location. FoxTale Book Shoppe will be on site with books for sale.
11:00-12:00 Keynote address, Frances Mayes, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium
12:00-12:30 Book-signing, UNG Health and Natural Sciences auditorium
John D. Cressler is Schlumberger Chair Professor at Georgia Tech and the author of five non-fiction books (two for general audiences) and the historical novel Emeralds of the Alhambra, a love story set in medieval Muslim Spain. Shadows in the Shining City is the second release in the Anthems of al-Andalus Series. Visit the author at http://johndcressler.com.
Renea Winchester is the author of three traditionally-published books, and two e-books. She leads workshops for the Georgia Writers Association and has judged the Georgia Author of the Year competition. She is also a long-time member of the Atlanta Writers Club and belongs to a phenomenal critique group that is affiliated with the AWC. Her work has won the Wilma Dykeman Award, and been nominated for a SIBA. Her short stories have been featured in numerous collections. Her latest work, Farming, Friends & Fried Bologna Sandwiches, is a publication of Mercer University Press. Renea is currently working on a novel titled Outbound Train.
Lynn Cullen grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, the fifth girl in a family of seven children. She learned to love history combined with traveling while visiting historic sites across the U.S. on annual family camping trips. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington and Fort Wayne, and took writing classes with Tom McHaney at Georgia State. She wrote children’s books as her three daughters were growing up, while working in a pediatric office and later, at Emory University on the editorial staff of a psychoanalytic journal. While her camping expeditions across the States have become fact-finding missions across Europe, she still loves digging into the past. She does not miss, however, sleeping in musty sleeping bags. Or eating canned fruit cocktail. She now lives in Atlanta with her husband, their dog, and two unscrupulous cats.
Lynn Cullen’s newest novel, Mrs. Poe, examines the fall of Edgar Allan Poe through the eyes of his lover, poet Francis Osgood. A National Bestseller, Mrs. Poe has been named a Target Book Club Pick, a NPR 2013 Great Read, an Oprah.com “Books That Make Time Stand Still,” an Editor’s Pick at The Historical Novels Review, an Atlanta Magazine Best Books 2013, and an Indie Next Pick. Lynn is also the author of The Creation of Eve, named among the best fiction books of 2010 by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and as an April 2010 Indie Next selection. She has written numerous award-winning books for children, including the young adult novel I Am Rembrandt’s Daughter, which was a 2007 Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers” selection, and an ALA Best Book of 2008. Her novel, Reign of Madness, about Juana the Mad, daughter of the Spanish Monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, was chosen as a 2011 Best of the South selection by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and was a 2012 Townsend Prize finalist” and was chosen as a “Book That All Georgians Should Read” by the Georgia Center for the Book. Her newest picture book for children, “Dear Mr. Washington” about how the children of the painter Gilbert Stuart got the President to smile for his portrait now on the dollar bill, was released by Dial/Penguin Books for Young Readers in January 2014 She is currently working on a novel about the women in the life of Mark Twain.
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 Alphabet, Cosmo’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.
Kevin Hearne is the New York Times best selling author of the Iron Druid Chronicles. He is currently working on an epic fantasy due out in 2016. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and doggies.
Kathryn Hinds is a prolific author whose short stories and poetry have appeared in a number of journals and anthologies. Her most recent publications are The Healer’s Choice, a feminist fantasy novel published by Dark Oak Press, and The Forty, a collaboration with photographer Fox Gradin and author James Palmer that re-envisions the tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Kathryn’s first poetry collection, Candle, Thread, and Flute, came out from Luna Station Press in 2013. That year also saw the release of her six-book series Creatures of Fantasy (Cavendish Square), which brought her total number of nonfiction books for children and young adults to fifty. Her current works in progress include a sequel to The Healer’s Choice along with a novel in verse and a collection of steampunk short stories. Kathryn did graduate work in comparative literature and medieval studies at the City University of New York and is now a lecturer in the English Department of the University of North Georgia. She has lived in Dahlonega, Georgia, since 1995.