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Literary Festival highlights busy weekend in Sautee
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Sautee Nacoochee Center

Where: Ga. 255 four miles south of Helen

Friday: Poetry slam, 8-9 p.m. Friday, Center Theatre; free

Saturday: Georgia Literary Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Lillies of the Valley concert, 8 p.m. (tickets $15, $21)

Literature and music will be on the menu at the Sautee Nacoochee Center this weekend.

The annual Georgia Literary Festival, is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the center. The free event is sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and the Georgia Center for the Book.

In addition to recognizing authors, there will be storytellers for children, a variety of local authors selling books, lunch and Appalachian music.

Both honored writers and the other featured writers will speak at various times throughout the day and will be available for book signings.

Barbara Brown Taylor will begin the festival as keynote speaker at 10 a.m. The Habersham County resident is the New York Times best-selling author of "Leaving Church" and "An Altar in the World." She later will be available to sign her books.

Other honored writers on the program are poet Mildred Greear of Helen, whose book, "Moving Gone Dancing," was nominated as Poetry Book of the Year by the Georgia Writer's Association; and John Burrison, a Georgia State University profession known for his award-winning books on Georgia potters, including "Brothers of Clay" and "From Mud to Jug."

The late Lillian Smith (1897- 1966) of Rabun County also will be recognized for her literary contributions in a presentation by Dr. Ashley Cleere, a religion professor at Piedmont College.

In addition, a number of participating authors from Northeast Georgia will be featured, including Linda Anderson, Brian J. Corrigan, Doris Davenport, Steve Harvey and Winton Porter.

Included will be a presentation on Foxfire, the oral history project started by students in Rabun County almost 40 years ago.

Sautee Nacoochee Center will hold a free poetry slam the night before from 8-9 p.m. Oct. 14 at its Center Theatre.

Also scheduled Saturday is the Lillies of the Valley concert at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Tickets are $15 for SNCA members, $21 for non-members.

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