This Saturday: Join us for the Berry Fleming Book Festival

The Berry Fleming Book Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Jaguar Student Activities Center. Named for acclaimed Augustan writer Berry Fleming (Colonel Effingham’s Raid), the non-profit festival has a simple aim: to establish Augusta as a literary hub.

New York Times Best-selling author Diane Chamberlain (Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister) will deliver this year’s keynote. To date, Chamberlain, a former social worker and psychotherapist, has written 24 novels and has been published in more than 20 languages.

The festival will also feature a number of panels and presentations by up-and-coming and established writers alike. Panelists and presenters include Marcus Amaker, Charleston, South Carolina’s first Poet Laureate, Jack Barsky, a former KGB-agent-turned-writer, and several current and former Augusta University professors. A full schedule of panels and presentations can be found here.

In addition to hosting a stage for emerging writers, the festival will also offer three free writing workshops, a Vendor Village for gifts and books, and booths and food trucks from six local food vendors.

This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Karin Gillespie.

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Nick Garrett

Nick Garrett is a communications coordinator in the Division of Communications & Marketing at Augusta University. Contact him at 706-446-4802 or