POSTPONED TIL JUNE 2021

Events -- ALL EVENTS BEING RESCHEDULED AND MAY CHANGE

FRI

Children's Programming

1:30pm - 4pm

Carnegie Library & Newnan Presbyterian Barrow Hall

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FRI

Children's Programming

 Youngsters and their parents will both enjoy a lively performance by Michael Levine of "Pete the Cat" fame. Join Michael as he sings claps ...

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1:30pm - 4pm

Carnegie Library & Newnan Presbyterian Barrow Hall

Hometown Author Meet and Greet

4pm - 6pm

Carnegie Library

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Hometown Author Meet and Greet

Once a sleepy little southern town, Newnan is growing and booming and so is it's local author scene. Come to the Newnan Carnegie Library to ...

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4pm - 6pm

Carnegie Library

Dinner Under the Stars & LitBit Stroll -- TICKETED EVENT

6pm - 9pm

9 W Broad St (Tent)

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Dinner Under the Stars & LitBit Stroll -- TICKETED EVENT

Sip a cool drink in seersucker or a sundress while mingling under twinkling lights and evening stars. Delicious BBQ on your plate and a smil...

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6pm - 9pm

9 W Broad St (Tent)

Sat

Breakout Author Sessions

9am - 5pm

Carnegie/Courthouse/Univ WGA

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Sat

Breakout Author Sessions

 We've lined up a full day of alluring authors ready to share their southern wit, wisdom and experiences with you. The day starts at the Car...

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9am - 5pm

Carnegie/Courthouse/Univ WGA

Bourbon On The Porch -- TICKETED EVENT

5pm - 7pm

Check In McRitchie Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

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Bourbon On The Porch -- TICKETED EVENT

 Get your groove thing on as you traipse from one fine old southern dame home to another among the shade trees of the Historic College-Templ...

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5pm - 7pm

Check In McRitchie Hollis Museum, 74 Jackson St.

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Saturday guest authors

Sean Dietrich

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

Akbar the Storyteller

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 Sean Dietrich is a columnist, novelist, and podcast host, known for his commentary on life in the American South. His work has appeared in Newsweek, Southern Living, Garden and Gun, The Tallahassee Democrat, Good Grit, South Magazine, Alabama Living, the Birmingham News, Thom Magazine, The Mobile Press Register, and he has authored nine books, and is the creator of the Sean of the South Podcast.

Akbar the Storyteller

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

Akbar the Storyteller

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 Akbar Imhotep, a 2012 Governor’s Arts & Humanities awardee, has been affiliated with the Wren’s Nest since 1985 and served as the storyteller-in-residence from 1985 to 1999. He has also been a storytelling fixture for Zoo Atlanta and a resident puppeteer at the Center for Puppetry Arts. He’s originally from Perry, Georgia. When Akbar tells a Brer Rabbit tale listeners are often spellbound and transported into the imaginary world created by Joel Candler Harris. 

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

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 Award winning actor Bill Oberst, Jr. plays Georgia native Lewis Grizzard, the most popular syndicated columnist in American newspaper history, called "A Mark Twain for our generation" by the Los Angeles Times. When he died after his third heart surgery, millions of readers mourned the loss of a friend. Lewis wrote 18 best-selling books, with titles like Elvis Is Dead And I Don't Feel So Good Myself and Don't Bend Over In The Garden Granny, You Know Them Taters Got Eyes. He sat on Carson's couch and guest-starred on Designing Women. Lewis was wildly popular, highly irreverent and Southern through and through. A

ctor Bill Oberst Jr. has been playing him for 19 years in a performance authorized by Grizzard's estate; a living tribute to the man who famously said he was "American by birth, and Southern by the grace of God.” 

Dr. Wayne Clough

Dr. Wayne Clough

Bill Oberst Jr. as Grizzard

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 Dr. Wayne Clough, the first Southern-born secretary of the Smithsonian, had become curious to learn what the institution’s collections could tell him about South Georgia, where five generations of his family had lived and he spent his childhood. The investigation that followed, which began as something of a quixotic scavenger hunt, became a journey filled with unexpected outcomes. And for every artifact that turned up, a story emerged about remarkable collectors, curators, and figures of history. 

Robert Hicks

Dr. Wayne Clough

To Be Announced

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 Robert Hicks was named #2 in the most recent listing of the “top 100 Reasons to Love Nashville” by Nashville Lifestyles magazine. They went on to say that being a New York Times best-selling author should be enough—but not for Robert Hicks, award-winning author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. His passion for words is equaled by one for preservation, saving the history-steeped places associated with the Battle of Franklin.  Writer, speaker, leader, world-traveler, preservationist—one person really can make a difference. 

To Be Announced

Dr. Wayne Clough

To Be Announced

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Speaker bio to come.

friday Children's programming

Michael Levine

Michael Levine

Michael Levine

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Children, teachers & parents sing, dance, shake, laugh, wiggle & learn together as Mr. Michael gets silly with his guitar! Mr. Michael is the music producer of the Pete The Cat stories & songs, and the co-founder of The Learning Groove with autor Eric Litwin.  On stage he shares his music & storytelling inspiration with children as they sing interactive songs & Pete the Cat stories together. 


MICHAEL LEVINE

FRIDAY JUNE 

1:30 PREK - 2nd GRADES

2:30 - 3rd to 5th GRADES

NEWNAN CARNEGIE LIBRARY 

UPSTAIRS

Deron Hicks

Michael Levine

Michael Levine

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After graduating from the University of Georgia with a painting degree and then Mercer Law School, Deron Hicks settled down with his wife and children in Warm Springs, Ga and practiced law. But eventually he had an idea for a children's story which turned into the book "The Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave." During Southern LitFest '20 Hicks will focus on his latest book, "The Van Gogh Deception." He'll be teaching middle readers as well anyone interested in the tricks to writing awesome books like his! 


DERON HICKS 

BOOK TALK AND WRITERS WORKSHOP

FRIDAY JUNE 

3:00 PM

NEWNAN PRESBYTERIAN BARROW HALL

Put on your walking shoes . . . and explore downtown newnan!

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STORYWALK

Enjoy an immersive story experience with young ones on "STORYWALK" around Historic Downtown Newnan. Pop into local businesses to engage with the story "PETE THE CAT" and have fun along the way. It's just another way to turn kids on to a LOVE OF READING!

SUNDAY . . .

Michael Morgan's Historic Bible Exhibit

Michael Morgan is a church musician, Psalm scholar, and collector of English Bibles and Psalters. He served as organist for Central Presbyterian Church in Atlanta for almost 40 years, and is currently organist at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds degrees from Florida State University and Atlanta University; did post-graduate study with composer Richard Purvis at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco; and received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from King University in 2014. He has played recitals, worship services, and master classes across the U. S., and in England, France, Spain, Switzerland, and Germany.


He is author of the Psalter for Christian Worship (revised edition, 2010), and a regular contributor in the field of psalmody (most recently to the Reformed collection Psalms for All Seasons; the new Presbyterian hymnal, Glory to God; Hal Hopson’s People’s Psalter; and the Oxford Handbook on the Psalms). He was awarded an honorary life-time membership in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, and is included in the Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology in England. His library of English Bibles – numbering some 5,500 volumes – is one of the most comprehensive private collections in the country, with virtually every English version represented. This year (2020) marks his 50th year in collecting Bibles.


At Mr. Morgan's exhibit among dozens of others you'll see . . .

  •      Wycliffe's New Testament (1380, in a beautiful limited edition printing from 1848)
  •      Tyndale's New Testament (the first printed English New Testament, 1550 edition)
  •      Coverdale's New Testament (the first printed English Bible, 1538 edition)
  •       King James Bible (1611 first edition)


MICHAEL MORGAN'S HISTORIC BIBLE EXHIBIT & TALK

SUNDAY JUNE at 3:00 PM

FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH


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Mr. Morgan will make a brief presentation, "The First Generation of the English Bible."