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The 2012 Festival

The 2012 Georgia Literary Festival at Jekyll Island on the sunny, warm weekend of November 9-10 proved a very popular and well-organized success. Several thousand visitors from 28 Georgia counties and 14 states joined more than 30 authors for a series of events at the lovely new beachfront Jekyll Island Conference Center and the historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The festival, sponsored by the Center for the Book with the Georgia Humanities Council, was presented by the Brunswick News and hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities, Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Jekyll Island Authority.

“We’ve never had a more successful and better coordinated event, and we were so pleased with absolutely everything about this festival,” said Bill Starr, director of the Center for the Book. “We particularly want to thank College President Dr. Valerie Hepburn, who was the person who grasped the idea of what the festival could be and was responsible for helping create the committee whose work made it happen.”

Among the well-attended special events at the festival were programs created by The Georgia Review, an appearance by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, and an unusual series of cooking programs that featured a lunch/demonstration by Savannah Chef Joe Randall and a dinner coordinated by Atlanta chef Hugh Acheson.

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

Jekyll Island Conference Center

Jekyll Island Conference Center

Crowds Listen to Natasha Trethewey

Crowds listen to Natasha Trethewey

Chef Joe Randall

Chef Joe Randall

Greeters at the Literary Festival

Greeters at the Literary Festival

Audiences enjoy speakers at festival

Audiences enjoy speakers at festival