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Trailfest 2017: Georgia Events

The Southern Literary Trail is supported by the Georgia Humanities Council.




Georgia State University's Dunwoody Campus
Dunwoody (Atlanta), Georgia
March 23-24, 2018

Revival: Lost Southern Voices - a two-day celebration of lost and underappreciated Southern writers!

During the literary festival, invited writers and scholars discuss favorite authors whose works no longer receive the attention and reading they deserve. The public, scholars, students, writers and lovers of good books are invited.

The festival is free and open to the public but registration is required: Register Here. On the registration site, you have the options to pay to attend Friday’s evening reception at the festival or to purchase lunch for Saturday. You may also make a donation. The list of speakers and further information can be found at

Lost Southern Voices is co-directed by Jennifer Colatosti, Pearl McHaney and Andy Rogers.

The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.



Moreland, Georgia
May 20, 2017

The Moreland Cultural Arts Alliance presents an evening exploring one of the most controversial authors of the twentieth century and his contentious relationship with Hollywood. As one of the most popular novelists of his time, Caldwell felt his stories were corrupted as the tales were taken to the silver screen. Enjoy an evening viewing excerpts from some of these films as critics and actors compare the original written works with the screen versions in a lively dramatic fashion. Light refreshment served. Doors open at 6:30pm, show begins at 7pm. Admission is free, refreshments are available for purchase. The evening takes place at the Blue Moon Cafe located at 7 Main Street Moreland, Georgia 30259. More info:


Margaret Mitchell at the typewriter on which she wrote GWTWGeorgia State University Literary Festival

"Lost Southern Writers"
Atlanta, Georgia
March 31-April 1, 2017

Georgia State University will host "Revival: Lost Southern Voices Festival," a two-day literary festival celebrating underappreciated writers of Southern poetry and prose, on Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, at the university's Dunwoody Campus.

The event is free and open to the public, but registration is encouraged.

The festival will feature more than two dozen contemporary Southern writers and scholars paying tribute to writers they consider overlooked or missing from the canon of Southern literature.

Speakers include:

Poet and author Natasha Trethewey. Trethewey is a Pulitzer-prize recipient and was U.S. Poet Laureate from 2012 to 2014. She is the the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. She will read from the work of Claudia Emerson and Margaret Walker.

Poet and professor Yusef Komunyakaa. Komunyakaa won the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Neon Vernacular, the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, and has been a National Book Award Finalist. His recent collections include Pleasure Dome, The Emperor of Water Clocks, and The Chameleon. Komunyakaa is the Global Distinguished Professor of English at New York University. He will discuss and read from the work of George Moses Horton during his festival appearance on Saturday, April 1.

Atlanta playwright, Neeley Gossett. Gossett will direct a staged reading of "Florence" by Alice Childress. Gossett works as a teaching artist at the Alliance Theatre, where her play, "Alice Between," will make its world premiere this fall. She is a Georgia State English instructor.

Author David Shields, recipient of Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Shields' work, "I Think You're Totally Wrong: A Quarrel," was released this year as a film by James Franco. Shields will read from the work of writer Barry Hannah.

Author Terry Kay. Kay is a Georgia Writers Hall of Fame and Governor's Humanities Award recipient and author of more than 15 books, including, "To Dance with the White Dog" and "The Book of Marie." Three of his novels have been produced as Hallmark Hall of Fame movies. Kay will read from the work of Ralph McGill and Erskine Caldwell.

The festival is supported in part by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Georgia Department of Economic Development through funding from the Georgia General Assembly.

Other support includes:
The Georgia State College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of English, the Kenneth M. England Professorship in Southern Literature, The South Atlantic Center for the Institute of the Americas, The Chattahoochee Review at Georgia State's Perimeter College, Perimeter College Department of English, Georgia State's Honors College, The Atlanta Writers Club, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Decatur Book Festival, the Inge Foundation, Alison Law Communications and Muse/A Journal.

For registration and directions go to:

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The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians

Columbus State University
Columbus, Georgia

The Wren's Nest The writing of Carson McCullers includes novels, short stories, and poetry. Like other acclaimed Southern Writers, she drew inspiration from the people and places of her childhood. In 2017, her hometown celebrates the centennial year of her birth with film screenings, lectures, art exhibits, and performances at locations throughout Columbus.

See below listings for locations.

McCullers Collection Archives Exhibition
Schwob Memorial Library, CSU Main Campus
Film Screenings
Arnold Hall 113
CSU Main Campus
"The Member of the Wedding" - Oct. 12, 7:30 pm
"The Heart is a Lonely Hunter" - Nov. 10, 7:30 pm

Art Exhibition
Bay Gallery, Corn Center for the Visual Arts
January 17-February 25
Opening Reception, February 2, 5:30 - 7:30 pm

New Yorker Critic Hilton Als
Columbus Museum
January 25, 7 pm

"Carson's Columbus" - Lecture by Historian Dr. Virginia Causey
Columbus Library
February 9, 7 pm

The We of Me: The Chosen Families of Carson McCullers-Exhibition
Columbus Museum
January 31-May 21
Opening Reception, February 2, 5:30-7:30 pm
Lunchtime Lecture by Nick Norwood, February 7

Showcase Event: Bill Heard Theatre, RiverCenter for the Performing Arts
February 19, 4 pm
- Actress/Director Karen Allen unveils her short film "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud."
- Dramatic Excerpt from A Member of the Wedding under the direction of Larry Dooley
- Monologues by CSU actress in the role of Carson McCullers, written by Scott Wilkerson

Actress/Director Karen Allen keynote address, CSU's Common Read Assembly: The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
University Hall, CSU Main Campus
February 20, noon

Concert and Reading
Nyack Library, Nyack, NY
February 19
- Original music inspired by "A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud." composed by CSU Alumna Liliya Ugay
   Reception to follow at The Carson McCullers House, 131 S. Broadway, Nyack

Carson McCullers in the World: A Centenary Conference
John Cabot University - Rome, Italy
July 14-16, 2017

Carson's Columbus
Interactive web-based map
Spring 2017

Plus more film screenings on CSU Main Campus
Spring 2017 (TBA)

For further information, contact:
The Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians
1519 Stark Avenue


Margaret Mitchell at the typewriter on which she wrote GWTWMargaret Mitchell House Tours

Daily in Atlanta, Georgia
990 Peachtree Street NE

Margaret Mitchell wrote the definitive Civil War epic "Gone With The Wind" in a Tudor Revival house, built in 1899, on Peachtree Street in Atlanta. Her apartment with husband John Marsh is the only interior space of the house that has been preserved with its original architectural features. One of them includes the famous leaded glass window from which Mitchell gazed on Atlanta passers-by as she wrote her beloved book. Tours are available daily during Trailfest 2017 and year-round.

Place: The Margaret Mitchell House
Time: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday
Info and Admissions: Call 404.249.7015 or visit

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Tours of The Wren's Nest

Daily, Tuesday through Saturday
Atlanta, Georgia

The Wren's NestOne of the South's most treasured authors, Joel Chandler Harris gained national prominence for his numerous volumes of Uncle Remus folktales. Winning new appreciation in recent decades, Harris influences society today from his long-standing legacies as a "New South" journalist, folklorist, fiction writer, and author of children's books. He is honored by the Southern Literary Trail in which his home, The Wren's Nest, was a founding partner.

Tours of The Wren's Nest are available year-round and throughout Trailfest 2017 from February through May. The enchanting house serves as a theatre for storytellers every Saturday at 1 p.m.

Place: The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta
Days and Times: Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Admission: Prices vary depending upon walk-in or group tours, check
Info: Call 404.753.7735

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Storytelling at The Wren's Nest

Storytelling at The Wren's Nest Atlanta, Georgia

Among its many missions, The Wren's Nest preserves the legacy of Trail writer Joel Chandler Harris and the influence of African-American folklore through storytelling. Wren's Nest Storytellers will enchant audiences at Harris's home in Atlanta with the yarns they spin for children of all ages. The Ramblers cast of acclaimed storytellers has included Akhar Imhotep, Curtis Richardson, Josie Bailey, and Mama Koku.

Place: The Wren's Nest, 1050 Ralph Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta
Admission costs and Info: Call The Wren's Nest at 404.753.7735 or visit its website at

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Andalusia Farm Tours

Thursday to Sunday during Trailfest and Year-Round
Milledgeville, Georgia

Andalusia Farm hosts 2013 Georgia RambleVisitors to the home of writer Flannery O'Connor are welcomed into her main house, dining room, kitchen and sitting room. The back parlor features installations and exhibits, and the shop in the main house offers unique souvenirs for purchase along with books by and about O'Connor. Strolls are encouraged around the farm complex with its dairy workers' house, barns, water tower, old pump house, milk processing shed and outbuildings. The Farm's Lower Tobler Creek Trail is part of the Dr. Bernard Cline Outdoor Learning Center at Andalusia.

Place: Andalusia Farm, Milledgeville, Georgia
Days and Times: Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Suggested donation of $5.00
Info: Call 478.454.4029 or visit

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A young Flannery O'Connor with her bookThe Flannery O'Connor Book Trail

Current and Continuing
Savannah to Milledgeville, Georgia

Just in time for Trailfest 2017 and continuing into the future, partners including the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home in Savannah and the writer's Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville have established The Flannery O'Connor Book Trail extending between the two Georgia towns so important in the life of the Southern Literary Trail author. Ground was broken on Saturday, December 20, 2014, for the first of many "Little Free Libraries" that will dot the pathways between the towns with a goal to increase access by all people for free books in memory of O'Connor. The "Little Free Libraries" program enables participants to build small roadside shelters that allow readers to share by "taking a book and leaving a book" for others. For more on the program, visit

Place: The Flannery O'Connor Book Trail, Savannah to Milledgeville
Info: Call the Childhood Home at 912.233.6014 or Andalusia Farm at 478.454.4029

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The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home

Current and Continuing
Savannah, Georgia

O'Connor Childhood Home (left)The Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home in Savannah, one of the country's most atmospheric and unforgettable cities, is dedicated to the work and life of the acclaimed novelist and short story writer, now widely considered to be among the most important writers of the 20th Century. Tours are available year-round inclusive of this year's Trailfest season from February through May, 2015. One highlight will be a visit by the Jane Austen Society of Australia to the Museum on April 8, 2015, as a launch to the Society's complete tour of the Southern Literary Trail.

Place: 207 East Charlton Street, Savannah, Georgia
Days and Times: 1 to 4 p.m., Friday through Wednesday
Admission: Adults, $6.00, with discounts for students and active military
Info: Call 912.233.6014 or visit for event and admission updates

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The Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage Center

April 2015 and Continuing
Blairsville, Georgia

Byron Herbert ReeceNestled within the scenic beauty of Georgia's Appalachian Mountains, the Byron Herbert Reece Farm preserves the home and inspiration for the work of poet and novelist Reece to welcome contemporary visitors. A member of the Southern Literary Trail, which honors Reece among its Georgia writers, the Farm presents pathways into the simple and hard-working lifestyle of the talented author. It also offers visitors poetry islands and farming exhibits along the way. The Byron Herbert Reece Farm has become a destination near Blairsville for poetry readings, musical recitals, and art exhibitions. During Trailfest 2017, it will open to visitors from April through the summer months.

Place: The Reece Farm and Heritage Center, nine miles south of Blairsville on US Hwy 129 in Union Co., Georgia
Days and Times: Re-opening in April 2015. Thursday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Admission: Free on Thursday and $3.00 on all other days
Info: Call 706.745.2034 or 706.379.3219

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Caroline Miller House

96 Anthony Street
Baxley, Georgia

SLT Caroline MillerBorn Caroline Eileen Pafford on August 26, 1903 in Waycross, Georgia, Caroline Miller would be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for her work “Lamb in His Bosom,” becoming the first Georgia writer to receive the coveted prize. Raising her family in the south Georgia town of Baxley, she would take her three sons into the surrounding countryside for long talks with the fellow Georgians she met. Their stories became the inspiration for her writing.

A wide range of events will take place during Trailfest:

Pickin' on the Porch

Bring a chair, your instrument, your voice, or just your ears to Friends of Caroline Miller Inc's monthly Pickin' on the Porch. Every 4th Saturday the Sounds of Appling County Music will fill the grounds of the Caroline Miller House and leave you tapping your feet for the rest of the week! The event is free and all are invited to participate.

Fourth Saturday of each month at 4:00

Trail Fest with Chili Cookoff and "Pickin' on the Porch"

March 25, 2017

Trail Fest with Chili Cookoff and "Pickin' on the Porch"

March 25, 2017

Mommy & Me Tea

May 13, 2017

Tomato & Egg Club

January 17, 2017; April 25, 2017; August 15, 2107; October 10, 2017

Story Writing Workshops

Various times throughout the year. Free to public

For further information, visit

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