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Ga. Literary Festival coming to Boro
Saturday event welcomes 25 of state's most respected authors
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Schedule of Authors

10 a.m.
Assembly Room
Max Cleland - Keynote Speaker

11 a.m.
Room 1909
Nate Evans
Assembly Room
Ferrol Sams
Room 2911
Tina McElroy-Ansa
Room 2903
Sally Russell

Noon
Room 1909
Ted Dunagin
Assembly Room
Philip Lee Williams
Room 2911
Janice Daugharty
Room 2903
Lori Amy

1 p.m.
Room 1909
Pamela Bauer-Mueller
Assembly Room
Jack McDevitt
Room 2911
William Harris
Room 2903
Rebecca Davis

2 p.m.
Room 1909
Annette Laing
Assembly Room
Bertice Berry
Room 2911
Sonya Huber
Room 2903
Wright Gres

3 p.m.
Room 1909
Erica Glasener
Assembly Room
Karen White
Room 2911
Lauretta Hannon
Room 2903
David Bottoms

4 p.m.
Room 1909
Damon Lee Fowler
Assembly Room
Natasha Trethewey
Room 2911
Susan Goggins/Raven Hart
Room 2903
Eric Nelson

      Best-sellers and prize-winners, sci-fi to Civil War, vampires to humor, cooking to gardening, and adults to children.   That's a full shelf of 25 Georgia authors who'll be speaking at the Georgia Literary Festival on Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building on the Georgia Southern campus.
      The free event is a chance for readers to meet long-time favorites and discover new ones.
      The Festival, an outreach of the Georgia Center for the Book, celebrates the state's rich literary heritage in a different city each year.
      "We are honored to host the 12th annual festival, which comes for the first time to southeast Georgia," said Bede Mitchell, Dean of the Library at Georgia Southern and co-chair of the festival steering committee with Sharon Rowe, director of the Statesboro Regional Libraries.
      Georgia Southern and the Statesboro Library are the organizing bodies for the event with support from local sponsors and volunteers.
      The authors said they are just as excited to meet the people on the other side of the printed page. Acclaimed science fiction writer, Jack McDevitt will discuss his soon-to-be released 17th book, "Echo," and said he loves the electricity of live readings. "Reader enthusiasm carries a charge. I'll come home from an event like the Festival and ride the energy for weeks."
      Lauretta Hannon, best known as the "Cracker Queen" also will preview a new work and said, "My readers are the most important folks in my universe, and I dearly love to meet them. I do live events with readers because it's an absolute blast!"
      Tina McElroy Ansa, whose "Taking After Mudear" is included in 2008's Top 25 Books by Living Georgia Writers said,   "Readers are my people! Readings keep books alive, not tucked away on shelves."
      Even young readers can have a meet-and-greet with five children's authors, including Nate Evans, New York Times bestselling co-author of the Jellybean series and author of a new one, Beast Friends Forever. "I love signing books for kids and getting feedback. They are just so honest and genuine."
      The prequel to Saturday's events is Friday night's pre-festival fun, "Halloween by the Book," a series of spooky fun happenings at the Averitt Center for the Arts.
      More details and the complete schedule is on the Festival website at www.georgialiteraryfestival2010.org.

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