Today’s Georgia Literary Festival promises to be one for the books.
“I think it’s going to be the most successful festival we’ve ever had,” said Bill Starr, executive director of the Georgia Center for the Book, which has administered all 12 of the annual events.
“The Statesboro organizers have done a terrific job, and the lineup of authors is first class in every way.”
The free all-day event at Georgia Southern’s Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building features 25 of Georgia’s best- known and best-loved authors for adults and children.
Several authors are premiering brand new work in the Boro. Sci-fi fans can hear award-winning Jack McDevitt talk about his newest book, “Echo,” and then buy advance copies, which won’t be available in bookstores until Nov. 1.
Ferrol Sams, the legendary southern storyteller and humorist promises, “I’ll bring along something from my new book, a work in progress.”
Sonya Huber, who’s award-nominated “Cover Me,” was released just three weeks ago, is one of six local authors presenting.
The keynote speaker for the event is Max Cleland, decorated veteran and former U.S. Senator. Natasha Trethewey, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, will share her new memoir, “Beyond Katrina.” Philip Lee Williams, well known for his Civil War novel “A Distant Flame,” will share his newest release, “The Flower Seeker.”
“The chance to meet readers and to share my new book is something I’m looking forward to. I think it’s going to be a great event,” he said.
The Festival also features five children’s authors and all-day children’s activities. They include Nate Evans, New York Times bestselling co-author of the “Jellybean” series and Ted Dunagan author of “The Yellow Watermelon,” named one of The 25 Books Every Young Georgian Should Read.
“I like to do live events with my readers because I like to tell stories, especially to kids,” Dunagan said.“We’re excited because we are the first location in southeast Georgia to host the Literary Festival,” 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.
“We think this is a great way to celebrate the importance of reading” he said.
Georgia Southern and the Statesboro Library are the organizing bodies for the event with major support from the Georgia Humanities Council.