2021 Featured Speaker

 Rick Bragg

Rick Bragg
2021 Fitzgerald Prize for Literary Excellence Award Winner

Beloved best-selling author Rick Bragg will headline the 2022 Dahlonega Literary Festival on Saturday, March 5th.

Bragg’s latest book, The Speckled Beauty, is a warm-hearted and hilarious story of how his life was transformed by his love for a poorly behaved, half-blind stray dog.  Written with Bragg’s blend of tenderness and sorrow, humor and grit, the book captures the extraordinary devotion between two damaged creatures who need each other to heal.

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A Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, journalist and author, Bragg has written twelve books, including two best-selling memoirs,  Ava’s Man and All Over but the Shouting. The acclaimed biography,  Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story, tells the story of the American music legend, a giant in early rock and roll and in country music.  During his career, Bragg has worked for numerous newspapers, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and  St. Petersburg Times.  He taught writing at Harvard University, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, Boston University,  and others.

Bragg  lives in Alabama and writes a monthly column for Southern Living magazine. He is a regular contributor to Garden & Gun magazine and is currently a writing professor at The University of Alabama’s Journalism program in  its College of Communication and Information Sciences. 

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