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Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:30am

Literary Festival Goes Coastal

Updated: 2 years ago.
Natasha Tretheway is selected to be the keynote speaker of the 14th Annual Georgia Literary Festival. Tretheway's key accomplishment is winning the Pulitzer Prize in 2007. (photo: Library of Congress)

Visitors got a peak into playwright Eugene O'Neil's Sea Island home today as the Georgia Literary Festival kicked off in the Golden Isles.

Three-days of author talks and plays mark the annual celebration of writers and writing co-sponsored this year by the College of Coastal Georgia.

College president Valerie Hepburn says O'Neil is just-one of the literary greats tied to the coastal islands near Brunswick.

"The Georgia Literary Festival has actually been around for more than a decade but it has never been in the coastal Georgia region," Hepburn says. "So we're honored to be able to host this event for the first time in its 13-year history."

Besides O'Neil, British writer Fanny Kemble and novelist Eugenia Price lived in the area and will be honored posthumously.

Georgia writer and current poet laureate of the United State Natasha Trethaway is scheduled to speak Saturday.

The event is based at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.