Augusta-Richmond County Public Library to host first literary festival Saturday

The Augusta-Richmond County Public Library will hold the city’s first literary festival Saturday.

About 60 authors are scheduled to appear at the inaugural Augusta Literary Festival, which features book sales, discussions, signings and giveaways.

“There will be three floors of authors,” said Sherryl James, the community service and outreach librarian. Many are local, but others will travel from North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida. Among them is former Augusta Mayor Bob Young, who releases his first novel in March.

Augusta is long overdue for a festival of this sort, said James, who organized the event with the help of local writers Corey Washington and Cheryl Corbin. With any luck, it’ll become an annual event, she said.

“All the other cities around Augusta have events like this,” James said. “Authors here didn’t have a place to showcase their work until now.”

The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Augusta-Richmond County Public Library, 823 Telfair St. Call (706) 821-2600 for more information or see ecgrl.org for a full list of authors.

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