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The 2011 Festival

The 13th annual Georgia Literary Festival on Saturday, October 13 drew a large and happy crowd to Sautee Nacoochee in the foothills of Northeast Georgia. A perfect day – bright sunshine and mild fall temperatures – delighted an audience of nearly 1,000 people, a dozen authors and storytellers and more than two dozen vendors.  “It was definitely one of our most successful and sunniest festivals,” said Bill Starr, director of the Georgia Center for the Book which sponsors the annual event with Georgia Humanities Council.
Keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor, author of “An Altar in the World” and a former Episcopal priest in Atlanta, drew almost 300 people for her morning talk to launch the day’s activities. Other authors featured at the event also drew enthusiastic audiences for their presentations. A hard-working planning committee headed by Linda Erbele and Michael Humphrey produced a well-organized, fun festival that collected rave reviews from attendees.

A selection of photos shows off some of the day’s events:

Keynote speaker Barbara Brown Taylor delighted an audience of nearly 300 for her morning talk.

A colorful array of vendor tents stayed busy throughout the day.

Storytellers added to the day's festivities for audiences of all ages.

Author John Burrison spoke inside the beautiful pottery Museum of Northeast Georgia.

Poet Mildred Greear was one of the festival's honored writers.

The sunny, mild weather helped assure the festival would be successful.

Author Doris Davenport entertaining a crowd at her featured presentation.