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Frank Yerby Symposium Helps Kick Off Literary Weekend

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Local literary fans are kicking off a weekend centered around books and their love of writing.  On Friday, the third annual Augusta Literary Festival started with a symposium on local author Frank Yerby whose novels have gained world wide recognition.

Yerby wrote thirty three novels and became the first African American to sell more than a million copies.  The event was held at the Yerby house on Paine College's campus and included the writer's cousin and Godson Gerald Yerby.

The symposium participants discussed answers to the question of "What does Yerby mean to You?" "I really respect him because a lot of people didn't understand him and he was a great person and great leader. I say that because number one he was a humble guy. Number two he was authentic," explains Gerald Yerby.

The Literary Festival continues tomorrow with author book signings at the downtown library. Fifty authors are expected to be there. The event is free to the public.

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