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Women writers, interests take stage at festival
Averitt Center sponsors events to kick off Ga. Literary Festival
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Averitt Center celebrates Ga. Literary Festival

    Get into the Halloween spirit with tales of ghosts and vampires as the Averitt Center for the Arts kicks off the 2010 Georgia Literary Festival with a foursome of spooky and fun events tonight that are open to the public.

Tonight’s events sponsored by the Averitt Center

“Love at First Bite” — Opening Reception
     * When: 6:30 p.m.
     * Where: Averitt Center for the Arts Main Gallery
     * Free and open to the public

“Dracula and Vampires: Tracing the Bloodlines”
     * What: A panel of experts discusses Dracula and vampires in literature and history
     * When: Today, 6:30 p.m.
     * Where: Averitt Center for the Arts, 3rd floor
     * Free and open to the public

Ghost Tours by Lantern Light
     * What: Walking ghosts tours through downtown Statesboro
     * When: Tonight & Fri., Oct. 29
         · 6:30 p.m. (1 hour): Tickets $5
         · 7:30 p.m. (90 minutes): Tickets $8
     * Box Office: 912-212-ARTS

“Dearly Departed”
     * When: Tonight & Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.
     * Where: Emma Kelly Theater
     * Tickets: $13 adult/ $10 youth
     * Box Office: 912-212-ARTS

Words that trigger a laugh. Stories that make the heart beat a little faster. Ideas that bloom in a garden or tempt the taste buds. At the Georgia Literary Festival, books about women, by women and for women are a central part of the event. The free event takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Georgia Southern's Nessmith-Lane Continuing Education Building.

Karen White is the best-selling author of 12 "grit lit" novels on romance, families and life in the Low Country. Publishers Weekly called her New York Times best-selling "Tradd Street" series, "the meeting point of romance, mystery and ghost story. A fun and satisfying read." Fresh Fiction calls her newest book, "On Folly Beach," "Without a doubt...White's crowning achievement." She's a five-time Georgia Author of the Year nominee.

From Oprah's couch to ABC's 20/20, Bertice Berry has a reputation for making audiences think and laugh at the same time. She is the author of nine books, including "I'm On My Way" and "But Your Foot Is On My Head." A new memoir, "The Tie that Binds," is a tapestry of hope, discovery, joy and forgiveness of her family's history from slavery to the present.

In her Savannah Vampire series, Raven Hart, the pen name of Susan Goggins, puts the vamp in vampire. The 5-book series, set in modern-day Savannah, follows the life - and nightlife - of vampire William Cuyler Thorne. "Publishers Weekly calls "The Vampire's Seduction," "Suspenseful... sexy... atmospheric...funny."

"Cracker queen" is Lauretta Hannon's affectionate name for strong, authentic Southern women, and a title she proudly claims in her laughter-filled "The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life." The debut novel became a Southern Indie Bestseller, garnering this review: "Hannon's stories move from country-hick hilarious to poignant and touching."

Food, glorious food, is always the topic of Damon Lee Fowler, author of six critically acclaimed cookbooks, including "The Savannah Cookbook." Best known regionally as the feature food writer for the Savannah Morning News, his rave reviews come from across the country. Said Publisher's Weekly of "New South Kitchen," "this book a must for anyone who loves Southern cuisine."

Familiar to garden lovers across the country from HGTV's "A Gardener's Diary," Erica Glasener's newest book is a bouquet for her neighbors: "Proven Plants Southern Garden." In her Festival presentation she'll be sharing plant photos and take-home ideas sheets. Glasener has penned two other gardening books and writes an Atlanta Journal-Constitution column.

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


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