LISTEN TO THE 2017 SBF HEADLINE ADDRESSES
The three headline presentations of the 10th Anniversary Savannah Book Festival represented the interesting and diverse array of established and emerging authors that appeared at the Festival. If you were unable to hear the addresses live, they are now available.
OPENING ADDRESS – JAMES PATTERSON
Thursday, February 16, 2017
#1 New York Times Bestseller
Returning to Savannah to help us celebrate our 10th Anniversary, James Patterson is a beloved author who continues to entertain readers year after year. He holds the Guinness World Record for the most #1 New York Times bestsellers. His books have sold more than 325 million copies worldwide. Click here.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS – COLSON WHITEHEAD
Friday, February 17, 2017
2017 Pulitzer Prize, 2016 National Book Award, #1 New York Times Bestseller
Colson Whitehead delivers one of the most heralded books of the year as he follows a young slave’s harrowing and desperate flight toward freedom. She faces unique challenges at every stop of the railroad…an actual subterranean system of trains and tracks. Click here.
CLOSING ADDRESS – CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE
Sunday, February 19, 2017
#1 New York Times Bestselling author of ORPHAN TRAIN
Christina Baker Kline presents her new novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth’s mysterious and iconic painting “Christina’s World”. Her new book, A Piece of the World, follows the solitary life of one of Wyeth’s greatest muses. Click here.
Colson Whitehead Awarded Pulitzer Prize for Fiction
Congratulations to Colson Whitehead, winner of the 2016 National Book Award and, as of April 10th, the Pulitzer Prize for fiction! We were thrilled to welcome Colson, pictured above with SBF Sponsors Alfie and Dede Mays, to our 10th Anniversary SBF in February where his Keynote Address discussed his writing life and fascinating novel, The Underground Railroad. Colson spoke to a packed house at Trustees Theater…tickets to that event sold out in less than two hours! Savannahians know a good book when they see one!
How do we follow up in 2018 after a spectacular 2017 Festival featuring three blockbuster headliners and 40 emerging and engaging authors at Festival Saturday? We are already hard at work on next February’s lineup. Stay tuned for updates!
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BOOK TV COMES TO SBF
Book TV is television for serious readers. Every weekend C-SPAN2 features Book TV – a 48-hour block of nonfiction book programming. Book TV presents a variety of topics, including history, biography, politics, current events, the media and more. See author interviews, readings, book signings, panels and the nation’s largest book fairs. Book TV airs every Saturday through Monday, 8 am to 8 am ET.
The Savannah Book Festival Inc. (SBF) is an independent, nonprofit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. SBF hosts best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend event that features talks by dozens of authors. The 2018 Savannah Book Festival will be held Feb.15-18, 2018, in locations in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares in Savannah’s Landmark Historic District.
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