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.


The Review/Selection Process for selecting our 2023 Regional Writers is under way! The Dahlonega Literary Festival has two levels of authors: Featured Authors and Regional Writers.  

Featured Authors are best-selling New York Times  authors, as well as first-time award-winning authors.  These nationally-known authors  are writers of  fiction and non-fiction books,  representing a variety of genres.  Featured Authors are well known, published authors who are invited to attend our Festival. 


Regional Writers are authors who are published with traditional publishers or self-published. They have perhaps written several books or perhaps just one. They are usually from the Southeastern United States, but we accept applications from authors who live anywhere. Regional Writers contact us, apply for selection, and submit a book for review. They must be selected by one of our Reviewers.  Regional Writers may participate in Festival programming IF selected by the Programming Committee to do so.

Authors interested in applying to participate as a Regional Writer in the 2023 Festival should contact Ms. Patricia Godsave at patricia.godsave@ung.edu for more information. 

The genres of books that are considered for selection in the Regional Writers section include  Fiction (mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi, romance, historical fiction, and regional fiction), non-fiction (history, biographies, and memoirs), poetry, travel, the arts, cookbooks, juvenile fiction/non-fiction, and young adult fiction/non-fiction.