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Dahlonega hosts 2012 Literary Festival
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2012 Dahlonega Literary Festival

When: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 10-11

Where: North Georgia College & State University, 82 College Circle, Dahlonega

How much: Free

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The changing of seasons will mean spending plenty of time indoors, so why not have a book or two handy for entertainment?

The ninth annual Dahlonega Literary Festival takes place, Nov. 10-11.

A celebration of books and reading is what the Literary Festival is all about. From fiction to nonfiction, paranormal to romance, mystery to history and everything in between, this festival has something to offer every kind of reader.

The Dahlonega Literary Festival events begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 and continues until 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 at the North Georgia College & State University Library and Continuing Ed Building and various locations around Dahlonega.

The 2012 festival features 18 authors from all over the world.

The Literary Festival offers readings from each of the authors as well as classes to become a better writer, book signings, a Q&A session and lunch with the authors.

Barbara Brown Taylor, a New York Times best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker.

Nick Wynne will deliver the Extravaganza Speech 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at The Crimson Moon. He is the author, co-author and editor of more than a dozen historical books and fictional stories.

Hall Book Exchange, one of nearly 40 sponsors for the event, will sell books with 10 percent of the proceeds going to the Literary Festival.

The festival will in turn give all of the proceeds to the Lumpkin County Literacy Coalition, which provides programs to improve literacy level among children and adults.

"Our goal is to promote reading and get people to love books," said Pat Wozny, Literary Festival chairwoman.

Each featured author will donate two books; one to the county library and another to the Lumpkin Literacy Coalition.

"This is one of the few book festivals that has programs for kids," said Wozny.

Events for kids include a plush doll program based on the off-Broadway production of "StinkyKids, the Musical," a program for fourth- through eighth-graders about social studies, and hands-on art activities.

Every event is free and open to the public, but donations are greatly appreciated.

To find a full schedule of events, sponsors and registration information, visit