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Jekyll Island to host Georgia Literary Festival, Nov.9-10

November 6, 2012

The grand, historic Jekyll Island Club Hotel © 2012 Karen Rubin/

Two of the most highly acclaimed writers in the nation will be among the guest speakers at the Georgia Literary Festival, being held November 9-10 on Jekyll Island, Georgia, the Jekyll Island Authority announced.

Natasha Tretheway, who was named U.S. Poet Laureate this year, as well as Georgia Poet Laureate Judson Mitcham, will be included in the line-up of talented writers slated for the 2012 Georgia Literary Festival. Also speaking at the two-day festival will be accomplished Southern cuisine chef Hugh Acheson, a six-time James Beard-nominee and author of “A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen,” as well as authors Janisse Ray, Mary Kay Andrews, Steve Berry and more than 30 authors with roots linking to Georgia and the South.

“This is an amazing event filled with extremely talented writers. It is certainly an honor to have not only the U.S. Poet Laureate, but also the state Poet Laureate alongside this line-up of such accomplished, gifted authors, come to Jekyll Island,” said Jones Hooks, Executive Director of the Jekyll Island Authority. “We are simply delighted to be a part of this marvelous event. This is the premier literary event in Georgia every year. On Jekyll Island, we could not be more thrilled to host the event this year.”

During the two-day festival, slated for Nov. 9 and 10, dozens of celebrated authors will speak at the oceanfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, discussing a variety of topics, including workshops and lectures on their own work and inspirations. There will be a full day of free author programs at the Convention Center Saturday with additional special events Friday and Saturday at the nearby Jekyll Island Club Hotel.

Sponsored by the Georgia Center for the Book with funding from the Georgia Humanities Council and local sponsors, the 14th annual festival will be co-hosted by the College of Coastal Georgia, the Jekyll Island Authority and the Golden Isles Chamber and Visitors Bureau, among others.

Representatives of area organizations including the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and the Georgia Sea Turtle Center, have been planning the event since 2011.

The 2012 Georgia Literary Festival will be held November 9 and 10 at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, with select events hosted at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. Admission to most festival events is free. In conjunction with the festival, the Jekyll Island Club Hotel is offering a guest package, which includes two nights of accommodations, a wine dinner Saturday featuring a menu by Chef Hugh Acheson, tickets to the “Tea with Ms. Daisy” event Friday, as well as breakfast both mornings.

For more information on Jekyll Island Club Hotel packages and for a complete Festival schedule, visit For more information about the Festival and featured authors, visit

About A Few Of The Authors:

Natasha Tretheway­— The Keynote Speaker for the festival, Tretheway was recently named U.S Poet Laureate and is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry in 2007 for her collection “Native guard,” she is an English professor at Emory University. A native of Mississippi, she has written both poetry and nonfiction including “Beyond Katrina:” A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.” She is a winner of the Lillian Smith Award and is represented on the Georgia Center for the Book list of “25 Books All Georgians Should Read.”

Judson Mitcham — Recently named the Georgia Poet Laureate, Mitcham is the award-winning author of both poetry and fiction whose books include the novels “The Sweet Everlasting” and “Sabbath Creek.” He is a two-time winner of the Georgia Author of the Year and the Townsend Prize. His books of poetry include “Somewhere in Ecclesiastes.” He currently teaches at Mercer University in Macon.

Hugh Acheson — A regular judge on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef” cooking series, Acheson is the renowned chef and author of “A New Turn in the South: Southern Flavors Reinvented for Your Kitchen.” A six-time James Beard nominee for Best Chef Southeast and recently named Best Chef by Food and Wine magazine, Acheson is the chef/owner of the award-winning 5 & 10 restaurant in Athens and Empire State South in Atlanta.

Steve Berry — The author of a dozen historical thrillers, Berry has become one of America’s top selling authors. A native of Atlanta who lived on the Georgia coast for many years, he was a successful trial attorney whose first book “The Amber Room” was a bestseller in 2003. His more recent novels include “The Balkan Escape,” “The Templar Legacy” and “The Jefferson Key.”

Pamela Bauer Mueller A prize-winning author of books for children and adults, Bauer Mueller lives on Jekyll Island and is known through the Golden Isles as one of the region’s top writers. She has written and published eight books of fiction and won three Georgia Author of the Year awards. Among her books for young readers are three with settings on the Georgia coast: “Neptune’s Honor,” “An Angry Drum Echoed” and “Splendid Isolation.”

June McCash — McCash is the author of six nonfiction books and most recently a debut novel, “Almost to Eden” set on Jekyll Island. Three of her books have focused on the history of Jekyll Island and the Jekyll Island Club: “Jekyll Island’s Early Years,” “The Jekyll Island Club” and “The Jekyll Island Cottage Colony.” She makes her home in Tennessee.


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Win a Dream Vacation at Eagle Lodge on private Eagle Island in Georgia

April 27, 2011
photo provided by Eagle Lodge

You can win a stay at Eagle Lodge on the private Eagle Island in Georgia for having the winning Georgia shrimp recipe.

If you have ever dreamt of having your own private island vacation, Capt. Andy Hill invites you to share your best Shrimp Recipe to win a 5-Moon Grand Prize Vacation on Eagle Island. One of the islands in his exquisite collection of . Eagle Island guests savor local fresh ‘wild’ Georgia shrimp, an important ingredient in almost every coastal-inspired dish they enjoy throughout the year.

Eagle Island’s style is ‘classic, contemporary and fun!’ Some of the Island’s amenities are:

  • Eagle Lodge, sleeping accommodations for 10-12
  • Two full Lodge bathrooms, one outdoor 5-Moon enclosed luxury shower
  • Great room with full equipped kitchen, dining table and sitting area with fireplace
  • Outdoor kitchen equipped with oyster roaster, two grills (gas & charcoal) and full commercial ice machine
  • Wrap-around screened porch with swinging couch, hammock hot tub for six and fireplace
  • Two outdoor fire pits
  • Private dock with a deck for entertaining, fishing and deep-water access at all tides
  • Internet access, DIRECTV®
  • Peace, quiet, tranquility, seclusion and total privacy!


Submit a Shrimp Recipe including all ingredients and preparation to Leigh Cort Publicity at

Accompany the Shrimp Recipe with a 100 word essay about why I want to win “My Dream Private Eagle Island Vacation”

Include name, address, telephone #. Entries based on originality.

Deadline for entries is August 30, 2011

Entrants must be 18 years or older

All entries become the property of

You MUST Answer the following question from website:

If you bring your own boat to Eagle Island, Capt. Andy will credit your stay $____

The 5-Moon Grand Prize Winner Receives:

1.      Two nights on Eagle Island for up to (6) people ~ Sunday thru Thursday

2.      5 pounds of fresh wild-caught Georgia shrimp

3.      Eagle Island Luxury Tote Bag

4.      Keepsake Coastal Georgia Map

5.      Eagle Island Cap

WHO CAN ENTER:   Entrants must be 18 or over. There are no substitutions or transfer of prizes. Prize is not redeemable for cash.

Winner will be announced first week in September, 2011.

By acceptance of prize, winner consents to use of their names and/or photographs for publicity purposes without further compensation.

Capt. Andy Hill, Eagle Island, Georgia, 912-222-0801,

Scribbler’s Retreat Writers Workshop at King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

October 15, 2010
King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia

The historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, St. Simons Island, Georgia, is hosting Scribbler’s Retreat.

Through the years, the abundant beauty of the Georgia coast has inspired artists of every stripe, including poets, novelists and playwrights. In 1878, poet Sidney Lanier extolled the lush beauty of this coastal landscape, in his ode to “The Marshes of Glynn.” One of the best-known local authors was Eugenia Price, who wrote 14 historical novels about the Georgia and Florida coasts in the 1800s. During the 1930s, playwright Eugene O’Neill built a home and worked on Sea Island, where he wrote “Ah, Wilderness,” his only comedy.

Contemporary writers can find similar inspiration November 11-13, 2010 at the Scribbler’s Retreat Writers Workshop at the award-winning historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Pairing professional guidance and fellowship during the two-day conference, writers attend workshops, lectures and panel discussions led by 10 bestselling authors, editors, publishers and celebrated literary professionals. In addition to enjoying the luxurious Resort’s oceanfront accommodations, dining and Southern hospitality, attendees learn the newest in technology and innovative publishing trends

The conference begins with an Opening Ceremonies Banquet and ends with an Evening with the Authors cocktail reception. Celebrated authors are Diana Gabaldon, Karen White, Adam Davies and Ciji Ware.

Rates for conference participants: $395/per person (10 writer’s workshops, banquet and cocktail reception); $795/per person (three nights at the King and Prince Hotel, 10 writer’s workshops, banquet and cocktail reception). Special group rates are available.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522. For reservation information, call 912-638-3631,

For conference information, call 800-996-2904,