First Lavonia Authors’ Festival Deemed Success

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

The first annual Author’s Festival in Lavonia will likely become an annual affair after this past weekend’s successful event.

Rain did not stop the more than 25 local authors that gathered inside the Lavonia train depot to meet the public and sell their books.

Most of the authors who participated said they appreciated the event and would come back again.

Chris Maxwell is the Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College and author of several books.

Maxwell said the festival gave him a chance to meet new people and promote his books in a way he hasn’t had before.

“This is great,” Maxwell said. “I love it because I get to meet new people and tell them about my books. I pastored a church in Orlando (FL) for 20 years, but I’m from Georgia. So it’s good to be back home and meet new people and reconnect with people I know. An opportunity like this where people come to the book fair, it’s a lot of fun.”

Visitors were able to browse many genres of books while sipping homemade lemonade.

The Lavonia Downtown Development Authority and the Friends of the Lavonia Library organized and sponsored the festival.

Lavonia DDA Director Marie Morse said even though the rain cancelled plans to hold the festival at the Gazebo downtown, forcing the Author’s Fest into the depot turned out to a blessing in disguise.

“I believe so. We still have our authors and our great music and our free lemonade. So, even on a rainy day, this gives people something to do,” she said.

Morse said they do plan to make the Author’s Fest an annual event.

She also said next year’s Author’s Fest will also likely take place at the train depot and she said promises to be even bigger, explaining that there a number of authors who did not attend this year who said they plan to attend next year.