Pulitzer Prize Winner Geraldine Brooks in Savannah; Author Luncheon on May 3, 2012

Geraldine Brooks arrives in Savannah in May with the perfect antidote to Savannah Book Festival 2012 withdrawal pains. On Thursday, May 3 at 12 noon she will offer a presentation at a luncheon at the Plantation Club at the Landings on Skidaway Island.

Brooks is the bestselling fiction author of Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, March—which won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, Years of Wonder and the non-fiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

After the author’s May 3 talk focusing on Caleb’s Crossing published in 2011, there will be a brief Q&A period followed by the sale of Geraldine Brooks’ books and as well as time for author signing. Literati cards from the 2011 Festival will be honored.

This recent book is inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. Geraldine Brooks began her research while at Harvard as a Radcliffe Fellow in 2006 and the publication of Caleb’s Crossing coincided with important events at Harvard. In May 2011, Tiffany Smalley was the first Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag Indian since Caleb to earn an undergraduate degree.

“The Savannah Book Festival is delighted to welcome an author as celebrated as Geraldine Brooks on the heels of our most successful book festival ever,” said Stephanie Duttenhaver, president of the SBF’s board of directors. “Her presence affirms the Festival’s commitment to fostering Savannah’s burgeoning literary community.”

Praise for Caleb’s Crossing:

Splendid…Brooks brings the 1600’s to life with evocative period detail, intriguing characters and a compelling story.
Publishers Weekly

Brooks has an uncanny ability to reconstruct each moment of the history she so thoroughly researched in stunningly lyrical prose, and her characters are to be cherished.

From Penguin Group—Ms. Brooks’ publisher:

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks has won acclaim for her ability to take a shard of little-known history and bring it vividly to life. In Caleb’s Crossing she once again takes a few arresting facts and weaves from them a tale of love and faith, magic and adventure.

Born and raised in Australia, Geraldine Brooks lives on Martha’s Vineyard with her husband, author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.

The Savannah Book Festival is proud to bring Geraldine Brooks, a Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author to Savannah. We sincerely thank the over 8,000 visitors who enthusiastically supported the Fifth Annual Savannah Book Festival held February 15 – 19 and we are now delighted to welcome Brooks as a grand post-event finale to this year’s Festival.

Reservations for Geraldine Brooks are open to the public, but seating is limited. Reservations at $35 are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Payment must be made at the time of reservation by sending a check made payable to: Savannah Book Festival and mailed to One Diamond Causeway, Suite 21, and Box 331 Savannah, GA 31406. Please note Geraldine Brooks Luncheon on the memo area of the check. If you are paying by check, you will receive confirmation upon receipt of payment. If you would prefer an email confirmation, please send your email address in with the check.

Reservations and payments may also be made and paid for online at SavannahBookFestival.org. Reservations are non-refundable, but are transferrable.

Non-Landings residents with reservations will be issued a pass for the event upon arrival at the main gate.

Reservations must be made by the close of business on Wednesday, April 25th.

Luncheon Menu

A welcome glass of red or white wine served with compliments of the Landings Club upon arrival in the Plantation Club Ballroom.

Village Chicken Salad: Grilled marinated breast of chicken served over a blend of baby lettuce with herb cheese crumble, sweet Italian peppers and artichoke hearts served with balsamic vinaigrette.

Dessert: Raspberry and Lemon sorbet with fresh berries served in a martini glass with whipped cream.

Includes homemade dinner rolls and butter
Coffee and Tea Service
Cash or member bar

$35.00 per person includes tax and gratuity

Stay in Touch!

In the afterglow of February’s Book Festival, we continue to relish being Blogged, Tweeted and Facebooked. The response to 40 plus stimulating authors has been enormous. These writers who visited Savannah transported thousands of Festival book lovers around the world and into different centuries while touching all emotional levels—making us laugh, bringing us to tears—teaching us, thrilling us and helping us to grow.

On May 3, we have the opportunity to spend time on Martha’s Vineyard with Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, Bethia Mayfield and Geraldine Brooks. We will also learn how to pronounce Cheeshahteaumauk.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. It is committed to remaining free and open to the public and to celebrating the written word. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at (912) 598 4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

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