Lavonia Author Fest Looks to Become Annual Event

May 2, 2013

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia


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.

Chris Maxwell is the Director of Spiritual Life at Emmanuel College and author of several books, including a book that chronicles his struggle with a devastating brain injury.

Maxwell said the author’s 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 pastured 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.”

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 next year’s Author’s Fest will probably take place at the train depot and promises that the festival will be even bigger.