Southern LitFest

Historic Downtown Newnan

June 2021

Pack your book bag, lace up your Converse and follow all roads leading to Georgia’s literary pathway and on to it’s trailhead:  Historic Downtown Newnan, Georgia.  In a weekend of June of 2021, Newnan, the home base of writers, poets and songsters such as Erskine Caldwell, Lewis Grizzard and Alan Jackson invites bookworms from all around to visit their fair town to “Git Lit!” Help celebrate all things southern and literary during Southern Litfest 2021.  Join New York Times bestselling authors and columnists as they discuss what they love most about the south and later sample craft bourbons from the porches and homes of antebellum estates.  Soak in the alluring ambiance of a 175 year old neighborhood as you taste the event’s signature cocktail, the Boll Weevil. Visit Saturday morning Market Day for homemade crafts and food, then catch the session “Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words” performed in the Historic Courthouse. Later hear author-historian Robert Hicks discuss his Civil War era books such as “Widow of the South” at the University of West Georgia. Lose yourself in the southern banter of the Brer Rabbit tales and the clap n' sing fun of children's programs. Get to know a half dozen hometown authors.  All of this and MORE!

Magnolias. Green lawns. Bourbon. Rocking chairs. Moonpies. Witty banter. Storytelling. Bluegrass. Soul. Fireflies. Singing. Historic homes. Seersucker. Poetry. Mason jars. BBQ. Iced tea. Mint. Fine art. Dancing. Moonlight. Banana pudding. Coca-Cola. Hospitality. And first-rate authors. It all comes together for one magical southern moment the first weekend of June 2021 in Historic Downtown Newnan, Ga. See ya’ll there!  

Tickets: available March 1, 2021

Get ‘em early because there is just so much room on these wonderful southern porches.  

Proposed Schedule (Subject to change)


Two afternoon times -- 1:30 PreK-2nd AND 2:30 3rd to 5th Grades, Newnan Carnegie Library

Music and Storytime for Preschool and Young Readers

“Pete the Cat” songster Michael Levine entertains with southern songs and more. Children can enjoy a “Pete the Cat” themed “Storywalk” around downtown Newnan with engaging stops at local businesses. 

Also, for the middle reader, Georgia writer Deron Hicks leads a writing workshop for young writers. Hicks, author of "Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave," shares his tips and tricks. 

12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Check-in and registration at The Newnan Carnegie Library

LitFest promo items available for purchase 

Driving and walking tour information available

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Hometown Authors -- Local authors open house at The Newnan Carnegie Library with close to 10 locals sharing their published stories. 

6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Southern Barbecue Under the Stars with entertainment and LitBit Stroll in Downtown Newnan

After Dinner LitBit Stroll  (wear comfortable walking shoes!)

-Wesley Street Author Encounter

-Southern Fried Books Visit

-Boyd Art Gallery Southern Gothic experience reading and painting demo

-Southern fashion show 

-15 Perry St Reading and Art Exhibit

-Church garden angel dance

-Vinylyte Southern singer-songwriting sampler

-Carnegie Alley walk thru experience with special guest


9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (see detailed author schedule published separately)

Newnan Carnegie Library Open for Registration/Sales and Promotions

Library Functions as the Central Office for LitFest

Distinguished author talk sessions at Newnan Carnegie Library, The Historic Courthouse and University of West Georgia. Authors include but not limited to Robert Hicks, Sean Dietrich a.k.a. “Sean of the South”, Dr. Wayne Clough . . . just to name a few!

“Tales of Brer Rabbit” by Storyteller Akbar Imhotep

Akbar, the in residence storyteller of Atlanta’s Wren’s Nest, masterfully performs some of your favorite Brer Rabbit tales.

“Lewis Grizzard: In His Own Words” 

Actor Bill Oberst Jr performs as Lewis Grizzard at the Coweta Courthouse

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 

“Bourbon on the Porch” event with visits to the McRitchie-Hollis Museum, the McWhorter House at 27 Temple Ave, the Kookogey House at 33 Temple and the Strain house at 52 College. Event includes music, readings and storytelling. Event tasting glass keepsake. 


3:00 p.m.

Notable author closing session (location TBD)

Historic Bible Exhibit at Newnan First United Methodist Church

All proceeds benefit the Newnan Carnegie Library by helping them provide top-notch services and programs for all!