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Described as “Georgia’s Moveable Literary Feast,” the festival had its roots in Eatonton, Georgia, where the first festival was held to honor Joel Chandler Harris, Flannery O’Connor, and Alice Walker on August 4 and 5, 2000. With the support of the Georgia Humanities Council, the GCB expanded the Georgia Literary Festival, and decided that it should move from city to city around the state to highlight the authors from different regions. Host cities included Augusta, Brunswick, Bainbridge, Columbus, Macon, Milledgeville, Sautee-Nacoochee, and St. Simons Island. The last official Georgia Literary Festival was held in Augusta in 2015.
The Letters About Literature program, sponsored by the Library of Congress, concluded its 27th and final year with the 2018 – 2019 program. The Library is proud of the years it sponsored Letters About Literature, and Georgia was a proud participant. This national reading and writing competition, which touched more than 1 million students, has been a source of much joy and inspiration at the nation’s library. Information about past winners of the competition is available on the Library of Congress’s website.
The Stanley Lindberg Award was presented biennially (in opposite years from the Townsend Prize) and was named after the former editor of the Georgia Review from 1977 until his death. Lindberg was nationally and internationally recognized for transforming a good regional literary magazine into one of the best magazines of its time. He was the recipient of the first Governor’s Award in the Humanities. The prize is currently not active.
The Savannah Children’s Book Festival celebrated the joy of reading, the power of the written word and the magic of storytelling with award-winning children’s book authors and illustrators from around the country. This free, day-long event brought families together to meet their favorite authors and illustrators and enjoy a variety of hands-on activities throughout the day. The final festival was held in 2017.
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