Book lovers may rejoice. The annual Literary Festival returns to Dahlonega once more with more than 20 authors schedule to attend this year.
The annual festival will be from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 28. The event is free in downtown Dahlonega.
This is the 11th year for the event, which has gotten bigger with each passing year.
“(There are) bigger name authors, more participation,” 2015 Dahlonega Literary Festival chairwoman Arienne Wallace said. “We had record attendance last year just compared to the years past.”
This year’s festival will feature multiple authors signing and discussing their books. Last year a panel of about 80 authors discussed their writings with several hundred people from across Georgia.
“We had almost 300 different individuals that came through and some were more interested in the panel,” Wallace said. “Some were interested in the keynote speaker. Some went to the little bookstore that was there.”
This year’s keynote speaker is Frances Mayes, who wrote the “Under the Tuscan Sun” series and “Under Magnolia.” The book “Under the Tuscan Sun” is about Mayes’ time in Tuscany, Italy. Her newest book is about her time growing up in Fitzgerald.
“It’s so different from the book she wrote about Italy and that’s just so interesting. She’s just an excellent speaker,” Wallace said.
The keynote address will be in the Health and Natural Science building at the University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus.
In addition to hearing from the authors and getting their autographs, visitors can get to know the authors in a more intimate setting at a local restaurant.
“So you can go and, for the price of whatever you order, you can sit there and chat with Delilah Dawson or any of the authors you might’ve enjoyed,” Wallace said.