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The 2010 Festival

Several thousand people enjoyed a wonderful 12th annual Georgia Literary Festival in the sunny city of Statesboro over the weekend of October 22-23, 2010. The event was held on the campus of Georgia Southern University.

Twenty-five authors from all over Georgia took part in the well-planned and organized event, and more than 50 vendors participated. Former U.S. senator Max Cleland, author of “Heart of a Patriot,” delivered the keynote address opening the event before a crowd of nearly 200 people.

Among the other speakers were Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Natasha Trethewey, bestselling author Ferrol Sams, Georgia Poet Laureate David Bottoms, and award-winning writers Tina Ansa, Philip Lee Williams, Damon Lee Fowler, Pamela Bauer Mueller, Ted Dunagan, Nate Evans, Annette Laing, Bertice Berry, Erica Glaesner, Karen White, Lauretta Hannon, Jack McDevitt, Janice Daugharty, William Harris, Sonya Huber, Sally Russell, Lori Amy, Eric Nelson, Raven Hart (Susan Goggins), Wright Gres and Rebecca Davis.

Event Co-chairs Dr. Bede Mitchell, Dean of Libraries at Georgia Southern University, and Sharon Rowe, director of the Statesboro Regional Library, led a planning committee that worked for nearly two years to ensure the festival’s success.

Our thanks to everyone on the planning committee, to the many volunteers and to each of the participants. We’re grateful for the role you played in making the 2010 festival so very successful and so much fun!

2010 Festival Photos

2010 GLF co-chairs of the Statesboro planning committee, Sharon Rowe and Dr. Bede Mitchell

2010 GLF co-chairs of the Statesboro planning committee, Sharon Rowe and Dr. Bede Mitchell

Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland greets admirers at the 2010 Georgia Literary Festival in Statesboro

Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland greets admirers at the 2010 Georgia Literary Festival in Statesboro

Bestselling Georgia author Dr. Ferrol Sams spoke at the Statesboro festival

Bestselling Georgia author Dr. Ferrol Sams spoke at the Statesboro festival

Tina McElroy Ansa is videotaped during her talk at the Statesboro GLF

Tina McElroy Ansa is videotaped during her talk at the Statesboro GLF

Lauretta Hannon talks to crowds at the GLF

Lauretta Hannon talks to crowds at the GLF

Gardening expert Erica Glaesner signs books at the 2010 literary festival

Gardening expert Erica Glaesner signs books at the 2010 literary festival

Book buyers get their \

Book buyers get their “fix” at the literary festival

vendors enjoyed brisk business at Statesboro

Vendors enjoyed brisk business at Statesboro