The Daily Tribune News
The Bartow County Library System in March will for the first time host a First Authors' Festival.
Colleen Knight, adult services coordinator for the library system, said the event will be an opportunity for new authors from the northwest Georgia region to interact with the community and share their work with library patrons.
The event also will feature authors known on the national level, such as New York Times best-selling author Haywood Smith, who wrote "The Red Hat Club" and "Waking Up In Dixie."
"The north Georgia region is very rich in authors and poets," Knight said, "and they lend a diverse voice to the region."
As of press time, Knight said around a dozen authors had signed up for the festival, including acclaimed local authors Joe Dabney and Jonathan Maxwell.
"This is the first time we've done the First Authors' Festival," Knight said, "but we're hoping it will become an annual event."
Authors wishing to participate in the March 5 festival must contact the library by Feb. 15.