The second annual Allatoona Book Festival was held in early October at Roberts School Community and Education Center.
The event was hosted by Acworth Cultural Arts Center in conjunction with the National League of PEN Women, Atlanta Chapter. Authors provided information about getting inspired to write, how to write and how to get published.
“The great thing about this event is the quality of the panelists, their willingness to share valuable tips and advice, and, because we are a fairly small venue, their easy accessibility,” said Daniel Boffey, board president of Acworth Cultural Arts Center.
The program featured 17 award-winning authors, including keynote speaker Jaclyn Weldon White and H. William Rice, a professor at Kennesaw State University. Both are recipients of the Georgia Author of the Year award.
Rome-based author Raymond Atkins, who is a winner of the Georgia Writers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, also was a speaker.
The program was free and open to the public and enjoyed the support of the Acworth Tourism department. “It was a great way to spend a morning,” said Boffey. “I think my IQ. went up several points.”
Look for the book festival again next year, organizers said.
Story and photos by Allatoona Book Festival staff