Eatonton Literary Festival
August 3 - 5, 2001
The third annual Eatonton Literary Festival, set for August 3-5, 2001, will feature performances of African American folktales, tour of historic sites, a book sale, and talks on the area's greatest writers. In past years the event has attracted several hundred people from across the state and region to Putnam County for the weekend to celebrate the lives of Alice Walker, Joel Chandler Harris, and Flannery O'Connor.
The Festival emphasizes the cultural heritage of the Georgia Piedmont and is open to the public. This year planners intend to introduce the Festival with a session on Friday night, August 3, continue with the book fair, literary talks, and tours on Saturday, and conclude with a special event on Sunday afternoon.
One of the most popular attractions of the Festival has been the performances of the African American folktales in three sets at the local branch of the Uncle Remus Library System. These universal stories that find their origin in Africa were immortalized by Joel Chandler Harris through his fictional character Uncle Remus. The previous two Festivals hired professional storytellers Baba Raa and Aima Bey in 1999 and Akbar Imhotep in 2000. The Eatonton Literary Festival Board of Directors is still investigating possible performers for 2001.
Another popular feature of the Festival is the book sale that brings together dealers in rare and antiquarian books, sellers of used books, and representatives from university and popular presses. A number of the dealers who have come to the two previous Festivals are planning to return this year. Last year the Festival reprinted "A Briar Patch Portrait" which the Uncle Remus Museum is selling for $5, the proceeds of which assist the Festival.
The new limited edition print "Wards Chapel Church" by local artist Travis Hicks is also available for purchase for $35 from the A-Frame with proceeds also benefiting the Festival. This is the third print executed by Hicks, with the other two being "Putnam Dairy Pasture," and Rockville School."
The Eatonton Literary Festival appreciates Hicks' support, for it depends on numerous volunteers and community organizations such as area churches that kindly share their sanctuaries with the public for the popular lectures.
If you would like to volunteer call 706-485-0388