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Literary Festival comes to South Georgia

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

October 24, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The 10th annual Georgia Literary Festival is in South Georgia for the first time. The event kicks off at 9am at Bainbridge College Saturday.  Nearly two dozen authors will be featured, including NBC News Correspondent Jay Barbree.

Jim Smith is one of the dozens of vendors getting ready for Saturday.  He said, "We'll have a lot of books here for sale." Jim is the owner of The Book Nook, a local bookstore in downtown Bainbridge.

He's been in the business for 10 years, but has seen recent decline in sales. "I'll have people coming in, look at a price of a book and say, 'I can get it cheaper on the Internet, so that's what we're fighting.'"

He's hoping the crowds will give him the boost his business wants. "What I have here is books of the authors that will be on the program. So people can go to the seminars, hear the authors, and buy their books."

The Festival will be held here at Bainbridge College's new Kirbo Center. Co-chair Catherine Vanstone says it's an honor to have the festival in South Georgia. She said, "It's just a great day and festival for the family to come out and enjoy time with each other and also learn some info and hear great authors and speakers."

Caroline Miller, the 1st writer to win a Pulitzer in GA, and Jay Barbree a NBC News Correspondent and Blakely native, are the featured presenters.  Saturday's activities are something the whole family is invited to enjoy. Jay Barbree started his career right here at WALB.  The Literary Festival is free and lasts until 5pm.

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