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Statesboro chosen for Georgia Literary festival in 2010
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      The 12th annual Georgia Literary Festival in 2010 will be hosted by Statesboro, officials at the Georgia Center for the Book recently announced.
       Dates for the event, "a movable feast" and a celebration of Georgia's rich literary heritage, will be made public early this year. The festival will focus on honoring distinguished authors with connections to southeast Georgia, though the event will bring together writers from throughout the state for two days of free public lectures, book signings, workshops and activities for families.
       A committee representing several major organizations in Statesboro wasformed to begin the planning process for the festival, said William Starr, executive director of the Center for the Book, based in Decatur. "This is the first time the festival host has been decided so far in advance, and we think that gives Statesboro the opportunity to present the biggest and best event we've yet seen."
       Starr said Statesboro was the unanimous selection of the Center for the Book's advisory board to host in 2010 because "it has so many important resources, like the public library and Georgia Southern University, and a level of enthusiasm and commitment that we've rarely encountered. We hope the entire community will want to get behind this opportunity to showcase the literary arts in this part of the state."
       The co-chairs directing the festival planning are Bede Mitchell, dean of Libraries at Georgia Southern; and Cora Fay, assistant director for the Statesboro Regional Library. Other committee members will be announced shortly.
       The Georgia Literary Festival is held each year in a different city with the goal of celebrating quality writing in specific areas of the state.

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