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2009 Georgia Literary Festival

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

PaperBackSwap.com is excited to be attending the Georgia Literary Festival as a merchant this year.

The 2009 Georgia Literary Festival will be held Saturday, October 17th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City Auditorium of Rome, Georgia.

Rome Georgia Apartments and Rentals

The 11th annual festival, a “moveable feast” celebrates Georgia’s rich literary heritage in a different city each year.  It marks the festival’s first appearance in Northwest Georgia. More than 30 authors will be lecturing, appearing on panels and signing books including Terry Kay, Hollis Gillespie, Virginia Willis, Robert J. Norrell, Lauretta Hannon, Patricia Sprinkle, Eric Haney, Joshilyn Jackson, Raymond Atkins and Kim Siegelson. Four Georgia writers, all with connections to the Rome area, will be honored at this year’s festival. They are: Calder Willingham, Jeanne Braselton, Anthony Grooms and Melanie Sumner. For more details, go to www.georgialiteraryfestival.org.
All events are free; no tickets required.
Where’s Rome? 1 hr NW of Atlanta, 1 hr S of Chattanooga, 1 1/2 hr NE of Birmingham
directions to the Rome, GA City Auditorium (601 Broad St, Rome, GA  30161)
download a schedule for the 2009 Georgia Literary Festival
Festival’s facebook page

Author Raymond Atkins

Author & Chair Raymond L. Atkins

The chair of the committee to plan for the festival is the Rome-based writer Raymond L. Atkins, author of the novels Sorrow Wood & The Front Porch Prophet, and a well-known contributor to magazines and newspapers.

That Evening:
Dead Poets Cocktail Party
In Spirit with the Georgia Literary Festival
An Evening of Luscious Wine, Wonderful Food and Live Music
Mingle and Imbibe with some of Georgia’s most talented Spirits
Directly Benefiting The Sara Hightower Regional Library
Produced by Cafe Luna, A Moveable Feast
Hosted by, The Claremont House, Bed and Breakfast, 2nd Avenue, Rome
5:30-10, Saturday, October 17
Immediately Following Terry Kay
At The Claremont House
Tickets are $40
Available at All Things Artistic, Rome Visitors Center
Or by Calling 706-767-5468, Mary Caldwell

We hope to see you there!
Richard & The PaperBackSwap Team

Book Festivals: Newsletter – November 2007

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

We like Swapping yes we do! We like reading, how ’bout you?

Top: Heather S. (PrettyPinkBows) and Megan S (bananapancakes), two of our PBS volunteers at the Sarasota Florida book festival last weekend. Below: some of the Sarasota crew. The strapping lad in the blue shirt is Robert.

Below: Three generations of booklovers, or a toothpaste ad? We don’t have the names for the caption; forgive us! We do know that the tall man with the goofy grin is Richard.

So many members, so little time! The Book Festivals have been a blast.   Richard made it to Baltimore; Robert made it to Sarasota, Florida.   Thanks to all our PBS Ambassadors in Baltimore, Sarasota, Charleston, Nashville, Wichita, Collingswood, Aurora, and St. Petersburg.  Everyone did a great job!  See the Photo Gallery for more photos. Upcoming festivals: Miami, Florida, November 4-11.

Dear Members, Newsletter – September 2007

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

We had a very nice birthday at the Decatur Book Festival!  It was great to meet some of our members and we got to tell a lot of booklovers about PBS.   For more photos of the festival, check out the new Photo Gallery (under Community in the menu at the top of the site).

PBS will be participating in festivals in Montana, WY, Baltimore, Georgia and South Dakota this month. In October, we’ll be in Kansas, New Jersey, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia and Florida. Anyone who lives in the area of any of these festivals (see the list below) and who wants to help out, please contact us by sending email to  RichardPickering@paperbackswap.com.  What volunteers do: man the PBS booth, pass out flyers, yak with prospective members.  What volunteers get: the opportunity to get tons of referral credits by passing out flyers/business cards with their referral info on them, a PBS Tshirt, the chance to meet other members in their area, and our undying gratitude!  Some of the members who helped with Decatur have already had a lot of new referrals come rolling in…many before the festival had even officially ended!

Upcoming Book Festivals:

  • Missoula, MT “Montana Festival of the Book” September 13-15
  • Cheyenne, WY “Wyoming Book Festival” September 14th and 15th
  • Baltimore, MD “Baltimore Book Festival” September 28th-30th
  • South Dakota “South Dakota Festival of Books” September 28th-30th
  • Blue Ridge, GA “Georgia Literary Festival” September 29th and 30th
  • Wichita, KS “Kansas Book Festival” October 5th and 6th
  • Collingswood, NJ “Collingswood Book Festival” October 6th
  • Aurora, IL “Midwest Literary Festival” October 6th and 7th
  • Nashville, TN “The Southern Festival of Books” October 12th-14th
  • Charleston, WV “West Virginia Book Festival” October 12th-14th
  • St. Petersburg, FL “St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading” October 27th
  • Sarasota, FL “Sarasota Reading Festival” November 3rd
  • Miami, FL “Miami Book Fair International” November 4th-11th

and more to come….

Thanks to our members who made Decatur such a blast: Nancy G (nancyg) and Cheryl G (Poncer), who helped both days; and Diane G (icesk8tr), Lisa M, Patricia G (goldengirl), Jacqueline K, Nancy W (NancyW),  Elizabeth S, Nancy B (NancyB), Karen C (Karen), Jill M (jmccall93), Cynthia S. (Cynthia), Blair G (eblairj), Ronelle G (LargePrintBooks), Amy M (georgiagymdog), and Alan M. We are looking forward to meeting more of our members at future festivals!


and the PaperBackSwap Team

Dear Members, Newsletter – August 2007

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

Midsummer… dog days… thermostat rising. Back-to-school around the corner… wouldn’t it be nice to have something fun to look forward to? Well…

No plans for Labor Day Weekend yet? Why not make the trip to Decatur, Georgia and come to the Decatur Book Festival! PBS will have a booth there, and we would love to meet you! The festival is in its third year; it’s FREE and open to the public. Hundreds of authors will be there and many thousands of readers; one of the keynote speakers will be Charles Frazier (author of Cold Mountain), and there will be author readings, panel discussions and signings, poetry slams (sign up to perform your own work!), cooking author demonstrations, children’s activities, live music and more. Read more about the event here. Don’t forget, it’s FREE. We hope to see a lot of PBS members in the crowds!

As PBS’s third birthday approaches (September 1st), we can’t help but think about how far this site has come. Over 1,500,000 books have been swapped here in that time, and now we’re seeing more than 30,000 swaps per week, every week. But what’s shared here is more than books; it’s conversation, kindness, friendship. We love visiting the forums for a chuckle (some of you are really funny!) and it’s great to stop in Chat and meet you in real time. Everywhere we look, the site is hopping! In the Games forum, the inventiveness of the games is really astounding. Our Data Correction and Image Collection volunteers have been terrifically busy, and the effects of their work can be seen all over the site. More and more, PBS is becoming a co-creation…we may do the programming, but you all make the club what it is.

Swap on, folks!

The PaperBackSwap Team