The Canton Festival of the Arts next weekend at Brown Park in Canton will showcase the works of 60 artists from nine states and offers a vibrant experience for festival goers and art lovers.
One of the most popular features of the two-day arts festival is the Literary Celebration.
In its fourth year, the literary festival showcases authors and gives those in attendance a chance to attend panels and book signings with authors from all over the Southeast.
The literary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on May 18 and 1 to 4 p.m. May 19 in Brown Park next to Canton City Hall in downtown Canton. The event is free and open to the public.
A schedule of events:
Saturday — May 18
11 a.m. — TLC Drama Troupe, directed by Tisha Gotte (Main Stage)
12:30 p.m. — “Capturing the Spirit: Magic and Mysticism in Southern Fiction,” A Conversation with Ann Hite and Kimberly Brock (Literary Celebration Tent)
Hite was the recipient of the 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award for her debut novel, “Ghost on Black Mountain.” She was also a finalist for the 2012 Townsend Prize for Fiction.
Brock’s novel, “The River Witch” was a “She Reads” selection and was included in the Huffington Post’s “Summer’s Sizzling Southern Fiction” list. Brock is a Georgia Author of the Year 2013 nominee.
2 p.m. — “Crime and Punishment: Crafting Modern Noir Fiction,“ A Conversation with Grant Jerkins and Peter Farris (Literary Celebration Tent)
Jerkins has published three widely diverse novels including “The Ninth Step At the End of the Road.” Academy Award nominated director Barbet Schroeder is attached to direct the film adaptation of his debut novel, A Very Simple Crime. According to The Washington Post,” You have to admire the purity of Jerkins’s writing: He’s determined to peer into the darkness and tell us exactly what he sees.”
Farris is a graduate of Yale University. His novel, “Last Call for the Living,” was one of Bouchercon’s most exciting debuts and found a place on numerous Best of 2012 lists.
3:30 p.m. — Carapace Atlanta Storytellers (Main Stage)
Featured on CNN and in Creative Loafing, Carapace is an oral storytelling group where people share true personal stories in front of a live audience.
Sunday — May 19
1 p.m. — “There’s Soul in them Hills: The Importance of Setting,” A Conversation with Raymond L. Atkins and Janie Dempsey Watts (Literary Celebration Tent)
Atkins is the author of three novels. His debut, “The Front Porch Prophet,” was awarded the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel. His second novel, “Sorrow Wood,” was released in 2009 and his third novel, “Camp Redemption,” received the Ferrol Sams Award for Fiction and was published by Mercer University Press in March.
Watts is the debut novelist of “Moon over Taylor’s Ridge,” which has been nominated for both the 2013 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award and the 2013 Georgia Author of the Year for First Novel.
2:15 p.m. — Yawn’s Publishing Children’s Authors (Literary Celebration Tent) “Creating Worlds of Wonder”
Yawn’s Publishing of Canton will share the work of Angela and Chuck Wilson (“Santa’s Magic Toy Bag”), Laura Fritz (“Poodle on a Noodle” — Casey the Poodle will be in attendance), Sulaine Sims (“Talking to the Animals: An Anthology of Short Poems” written and illustrated by Creative and Performing Arts Academy Summer Camp Students of Jasper) and Debbie Byrd (“Lily & Grace: Friends to the Rescue.”)
3:15 p.m. — Shannon McNeal, Southern Humorist and Storyteller (Main Stage)
McNeal grew up listening to her grandfather telling tales about their family. She inherited his talent for spinning tragedy into comedy and loves to share her stories about growing up in Alabama and her adventures after moving to Atlanta. She has been a featured performer at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Tellabration! produced by the Southern Order of Storytellers and Stories on the Edge of Night at Manuel’s Tavern. McNeal is also the host of “Stories on the Square,” a monthly storytelling event hosted by Eddie’s Attic in downtown Decatur.
For more information about the celebration, email Co-Chair Carmen Slaughter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Cherokee County Arts Center at (770) 704-6244.