Savannah Book Festival hosts Pulitzer Prize winner Geraldine Brooks at May luncheon

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Bestselling author Geraldine Brooks will headline the Savannah Book Festival’s spring luncheon at noon, May 3, at the Plantation Club at The Landings, One Cottonwood Lane, Skidaway Island. Brooks, who won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2006 for her novel March, will discuss her most recent work of fiction, Caleb’s Crossing.

Caleb’s Crossing, published in 2011, was inspired by the life of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard College in 1665. Brooks began her research while at Harvard as a Radcliffe Fellow in 2006. The publication of Caleb’s Crossing coincided with the May 2011 graduation of Tiffany Smalley, the first Martha’s Vineyard Wampanoag Indian since Caleb to earn an undergraduate degree from the Ivy League university.

“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 book festival’s commitment to fostering Savannah’s burgeoning literary community.”

Born in Australia, Brooks distinguished herself as an award-winning journalist before penning her first novel, Years of Wonder. Brooks’ oeuvre also includes the novel People of the Book and the nonfiction works, Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence.

To reserve a seat for the Geraldine Brooks luncheon, tickets are $35 each to include lunch and a welcome glass of wine: they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Tickets can be purchased online or by sending a check made payable to Savannah Book Festival and mailed to One Diamond Causeway, Suite 21, 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. Reservations must be made by close of business, April 25.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, nonprofit organization led by a volunteer board of directors. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at (912) 598-4040 or To learn more, visit our website, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter at @SavBookFestival.

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