Book Lovers Unite at the Dahlonega Literary Festival

Blue Ridge - Reading with a view

Fictional fantasy worlds meet non-fictional biographies in a mix of genres at the Literary Festival in historic downtown Dahlonega, a charming town nestled in the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. From award-winning featured authors and book signings to panel discussions and writer workshops, the Dahlonega Literacy Festival (a non-profit organization) has been an annual celebration of books, authors, and readers for almost 2 decades. 

This annual family-friendly, event is put on by volunteers and hosted by the Lumpkin Literacy Coalition, supporters of lifelong literacy programs for adults and children in Lumpkin County over the last 47+ years! Plus, this springtime festival coincides with the Dahlonega Science Festival to double the educational fun. And you can visit the 1884 Old Jail Museum, too! The informal environment is fun and welcoming to all! Plan a memorable weekend vacation and check out unique festival events for book lovers in downtown Dahlonega on Saturday, March 4, 2023. 

Hear nationally recognized, award-winning authors as well as regional writers from North Georgia speak about their latest works and offer advice for aspiring writers at the Dahlonega Literary Festival. There will be presentations and panel discussions spread across a wide variety of genres, and you can even get your favorite books signed! Enjoy listening to some of the most talented regional authors – from Dahlonega and other areas of the Southeast! 

Featured Speaker
For the 2023 Dahlonega Literary Festival, Rick Bragg will be the keynote speaker. Rick is a best-selling author, journalist, writer, and professor who won the 2021 Fitzgerald Prize for Literary Excellence. 

Literary Workshops

If you’re interested in learning how to be a better writer or are just starting your writing career, the literary workshops at the Dahlonega Literary Festival are for YOU. You’ll be able to chat with professional writers and learn how to improve your writing skills daily. Kids are also welcome to attend workshops to work on their writing techniques for school and storytelling. 

Old Jail Museum

Intrigued by the Old Jail Museum in downtown Dahlonega? Luckily, this historic treasure will open to the public on the same weekend as the Literary Festival — courtesy of the Lumpkin County Historical Society! If you’re craving a taste of history and want to add to your event experience, consider stopping by this unique building to see how prisoners fared between 1884 and 1964 through old photos, artifact displays, and a self-guided tour. And it’s only a 3-minute walk from the public square.

75 Enota Street
Dahlonega, GA 30533

Festival Bookstore

Books from authors in and around North Georgia will be sold at the Literary Festival Bookstore. You can pick up a book you heard about in a presentation or workshop that intrigued your curiosity. You’ll also have your pick of book accessories and other festival souvenirs at the book fair. 

Event Details

March 4, 2023 (Sat)


Public Square
Dahlonega, GA 30533


Read with a Mountain View

Take your new books or old favorites back to your Ellijay or Blue Ridge cabin rental to read on the deck with a majestic mountain view or by the crackling fireplace inside. You can sway on the porch swing with a glass of wine under a blanket while reading or even take your book (carefully) into the relaxing hot tub! Georgia Cabins for YOU is ideal for anyone who’s looking for a quiet, peaceful place to read or write in the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Bubble baths in the indoor jetted tub, freshly baked cookies from the fully equipped kitchen, and high speed Wi-Fi are ideal additions to your writing practice or reading adventure when on vacation in the mountains. Turn up your plans with a luxury retreat that boasts access to the Toccoa River, an outdoor lounge with a big screen TV, a home theater with surround sound, or a game room with a wet bar! Our mountain cabins offer the best for family stays, trips with friends, or group reunions. Make special plans online or at 1.800.580.5524 today.

Celebrate reading and writing at the Dahlonega Literary Festival and kick back with a good book at a scenic cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains.