The 2016 Allatoona Book Festival


Mission:  Set in historic downtown Acworth, the Allatoona Book Festival celebrates writers and readers, bringing them together to nurture the literary community and promote the joy of the shared experience of reading and language.


When: October 7 – 8, 2016   [Schedule]

Where: The Roberts School Community and Education Center, 4681 School Street

Who can come:  Readers, writers, artists. Children, adults, teens. FREE and open to the public. Choose from speakers, panels and workshops to learn about the craft of writing, how to get published and trends in the world of literature.

Friday night there will be a meet-and-greet with our featured authors at the Dogwood Terrace Club Room.

Saturday, the City of Acworth Tourism Bureau will host a free breakfast and share delicious details about our famous local restaurants and our scenic hometown.  Workshops, Panels and Speakers are scheduled throughout the day.    [Schedule]   For young children,  a great program of free crafts, singing and story telling hosted by the Cobb County Public Libraries is planned during the morning.  [Children's Program]

Saturday night is on your own. You can try some of those outstanding restaurants, check out the beautiful lake or just hang out and chat after our sessions.  For those of you staying overnight, rooms are available at a special rate at the Best Western on Hwy 92.  Just let them know you are attending the Festival.

Who is speaking?

Keynote: Janisse Ray. An environmental activist and poet, Ray is the award-winning author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood, a highly praised book that combines elements of ecology and autobiography into a multifaceted work. Ray alternates chapters between her childhood in rural southern Georgia and the ecological history of that region. The book won the American Book Award, the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the Southern Environmental Law Center Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern environment. It was also chosen for the “All Georgia Reading the Same Book” project by the Georgia Center for the Book.

Valerie Boyd is the author of Wrapped in Rainbows: The Life of Zora Neale Hurston. It was hailed by Alice Walker as “magnificent” and “extraordinary,” by The Washington Post as“definitive,” by the Boston Globe as “elegant and exhilarating.” For her work on Wrapped in Rainbows, Valerie received the Georgia Author of the Year Award in nonfiction as well as an American Library Association Notable Book Award. The Georgia Center for the Book named Wrapped in Rainbows one of the “25 Books That All Georgians Should Read,” and the Southern Book Critics Circle honored it with the 2003 Southern Book Award for best nonfiction of the year.

Jim Auchmutey carved out an enviable beat at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for more than 30 years, writing richly detailed features about race, religion, history and food. In 2006 he covered a story about a high school reunion that has now become the subject of his first book, The Class of ‘65: A Student, A Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness. This is a deeply moving story of reconciliation, redemption, and the infinite capacity for change. He was twice named the Cox Newspaper chain’s Writer of the Year and honored by the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards, the Associated Press and the Sigma Delta Chi journalism society. (The Atlanta Magazine, sources)

Teresa Weaver made national headlines in 2007 when her position as books editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was eliminated. The announcement led to angry letters and prompted the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) to launch the Campaign to Save Book Reviewing. The campaign posted an online petition to reinstate Weaver which collected nearly 6,000 signatures including those of Salman Rushdie and Richard Ford. From 2007 to 2015, Weaver was editorial director at Habitat for Humanity International and wrote a book column for Atlanta Magazine. Now, she is a development writer at CARE USA, where she creates proposals and reports on projects that fight poverty and empower women in 95 countries. She also serves on the advisory council of the Georgia Center for the Book. (Poets&Writers, Atlanta Magazine, sources)

And More Authors...

A project of the Acworth Cultural Arts Center, the Allatoona Book Festival is made possible by a grant from the Georgia Humanities Council and the generous contributions of members and businesses of the Acworth community. This project is supported by Georgia Humanities through appropriations made by the Georgia General Assembly.