Jekyll Island Book Festival

Date: April 6, 2019
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Location: The Village Green in Beach Village

Jekyll Island is pleased to announce its second annual book festival. Designed for all book-lovers, the festival line-up will include a mix of author presentations, meet-and-greets & signings, book and retail sales, and family-friendly fun.

Jekyll Island Book Festival Event Details

Turtle Stage | Authors’ Pavilion | Presenting AuthorsApplications | Volunteers

Turtle Stage

The main event of the Jekyll Island Book Festival, the Turtle Stage will feature presentations from several esteemed authors. The Turtle Stage presenting authors will give readings from their books, share insights from the writing process, and answer questions from the audience. Between author presentations, enjoy live music.

Authors’ Pavilion

Taking over the Village Green, the Authors’ Pavilion will host a myriad of book festival fun. From author meet-and-greets, to book signings, to festival merchandise, there’s something for book lovers of all ages. You might even catch a glimpse of your favorite book characters!

For questions regarding vending authors for the Jekyll Island Book Festival, please contact Erin Evors.

Erin Evors, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator

Festival Gifts & Books

Swing by the Festival Gifts & Books area to pick up a memento from your visit to the Book Festival. It will be stocked with goodies for all bibliophiles.

This area will showcase authors whose works benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center and other sea turtle and marine life initiatives. We’ll also have coloring books and other activities set up for your little book lovers.

Book Signing Schedule

Presenting Authors from the Turtle Stage will be on-hand in the west end of the Authors’ Pavilion (near the fire pit) for book signings and meet-and-greets.

Games Tent

Between author presentations and book signings, challenge your friends and family to a brain game!

Presenting Authors

Devereaux Bruch EylerDevy Eyler

Devereaux “Devy” Bruch Eyler was born in Tennessee 1937 and was originally named Nell Howell. Eight hours after her mother, Lena Mae Howell, gave birth, Devy was stolen and sold to a wealthy family through an illegal adoption in the state of Tennessee. Devy’s mother was told she had given birth to a boy who had died during delivery.  

Years later, with the help of her daughter, Devy was able to learn the truth about her adoption. At the age of 71 she found her biological family and was able to reconnect.  

Devy felt it was time for her story to be heard so she started piecing together memories with documents and in 2010 she was ready to publish. No Mama, I Didn’t Die: My Life as a Stolen Baby was revised in 2017 to include new information Devy had discovered. 

Taylor BrownTaylor Brown

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He is the author of one short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014), and three novels from St. Martin’s Press:  Fallen Land (2016), The River of Kings (2017), and Gods of Howl Mountain (2018). His story collection was a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, and his first two novels were short-listed for the Southern Book Prize. His fourth novel, The Pride of Eden, will be published in 2020.  You can find his work in a wide range of publications, including The North Carolina Literary Review, The Bitter Southerner, The Rumpus, Garden & Gun, The Southwest Review, Chautauqua, storySouth, and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, the Machigonne Fiction Contest, the Wabash Prize in Fiction, the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, the Dahany Fiction Prize, and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Taylor, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005.  He settled in Wilmington, NC, after long stints in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of North Carolina.  He is the founder and editor-in-chief of, the largest custom motorcycle blog in the United States. He likes old motorcycles, thunderstorms, and dogs with beards. Visit Taylor’s site.

Xhenet Aliu

Xhenet Aliu

Photo by Sara Wise

Xhenet Aliu’s novel, Brass, was published by Random House in January 2018 and is long-listed for the 2018 Center for Fiction First Book Prize. Her debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction. Aliu’s writing has appeared in Glimmer Train, Hobart, American Short Fiction, Lenny, LitHub, Buzzfeed, The New York Times, and elsewhere, and she has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards, including a special mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology. 

A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, whose brass industry attracted large waves of Eastern European immigrants before the demise of the factories in the 1970s and ’80s, she was born to an Albanian father and a Lithuanian American mother. She now lives in Athens, Georgia, and works as an academic librarian. Visit Xhenet’s site.


Authors’ Alley

This is a new addition to the festival where authors and vendors are allowed to provide their own tent for a discounted price.

$150 – Postmarked by: January 31, 2019
(+$30 Application Fee)

Authors’ Alley: Vendor Application   Authors’ Alley: Author Application

Authors’ Pavilion

Authors ONLY who wish to be under our provided tent.

$250 – Postmarked by January 31, 2019
(+$30 Application Fee)

Authors’ Pavilion Application

The Festival will start accepting applicants via email as early as August 31, 2018 and every 30 days after until full. Final accepted applicants will be notified no later than February 15, 2019. Please do not contact us about the status of your application.


Volunteering is the perfect way to get involved in your community. We are looking for spirited volunteers for Jekyll Island’s Book Festival April 6, 2019. We need your to help make this event a great success. All volunteers will receive a Jekyll Island tote bag filled with fun swag.


For questions regarding volunteering for the Jekyll Island Book Festival, please contact Erin Evors.

Erin Evors, Jekyll Island Authority Events Coordinator

Date: April 6, 2019

Location: The Village Green in Beach Village