SBF Adds Young Adult Genre

The Savannah Book Festival is proud to add the genre of Young Adult literature to Festival 2013, meriting its own theme—Find Yourself in Books.

…Great writing alters each of us irrevocably. It mutates us, changes our perspective on the world around us, and helps us to better comprehend what it means to be human.

…For I have indeed lost myself in books. But I have also found myself in them.

Mark Murphy –Savannah Morning News column Feb. 2012

SBF@School Program

Savannah Book Festival 2013 celebrates its sixth year—as does the SBF@School program. In that time, several thousand Savannah students have had their appetite for books and reading stoked by the SBF@School program through which guest authors visit local schools and fire up lively discussions. Not only are the students motivated to read by these renowned writers who connect with them, but the authors share their writing processes, the discipline required and the rewards. Many of the Festival guest authors volunteer to spend time in local middle and high schools, colleges and universities in the days preceding the Festival. They revel in talking to young people about their writing, while students cherish this chance to pick the brains of published authors. The entire program is provided free to area schools.

Patterson C Deborah FeingoldPatterson_AlexCrossRunHC (1)It’s no coincidence that many internationally renowned authors have started writing for the young adult genre. There is a huge movement in our country to encourage more reading and there has been a resurgence in new young adult fiction. Our presenting authors are no exception. James Patterson, bestselling mystery phenomenon and the Festival’s keynote speaker, has given a generous and greatly appreciated boost to the SBF@School program by gifting several hundred copies of his own young adult fiction to several area schools. Beach High School will receive 50 copies of The Angel Experiment, Johnson High School will receive as many copies of The Dangerous Days of Daniel X and Oglethorpe Middle School and Bartlett Middle School will be given 50 copies each of Witch and Wizard and The Worst Years of My Life respectively. Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading for all ages. His website helps adults find books that instill the joy of reading in young people.

EvansRichardPaul_AuthorphotolMichaelVey2_HiResCoverRichard Paul Evans, known for the #1 bestseller The Christmas Box and eighteen novels that have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, is a featured speaker during Saturday’s (February 16) full day of events. Evans will discuss his young adult novel, Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen. Protagonist Michael Vey is a boy born with special electrical powers. His friend has them too and so do other kids around the world. They form and alliance called the Electroclan. Mystery and suspense fill the pages as Electrocian defends against the Order of Elgen and its efforts to destroy them.

Evans has sold more than 14 million copies of his books worldwide. They have been translated into more than twenty-five languages, and several have been international bestsellers. Among Evans many awards are the American Mothers book award, two first place Storytelling World awards, and The Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award. Four of Evans’s books have been produced as television movies. He received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award for his work helping abused children.

David Baldacci and Dave Barry, two of our special event speakers, also write books for young audiences—nurturing the reading habit with humor and mystery.

The Innocent author PhotoBaldacci will speak at the Festival’s closing event on Sunday, February 17 focusing on his latest crime novel The Forgotten. Titles from Baldacci’s young adult books include Freddy and the French Fries, The Mystery of Silas Finklebean and Freddy and the French Fries, Fries Alive! Children ages 8 to 12 will enjoy reading about Freddy Funkhauser who has a knack for science and ambitious inventions.

Dave BarryDave Barry opens the Festival on Thursday, February 14 at a special evening event highlighting his new suspense novel, Insane City, to be published in January. His young adult fantasy series, co-written with Ridley Pearson is Peter and the Starcatchers. Readers age 10 and above have fun learning how an orphan named Peter became forever young. Spun from J.M. Barrie’s classic novel, young readers will be immersed in pirates, sea battles and flying camels.

The Forgotten Insane City

(While David Baldacci and Dave Barry will speak about their books for adults, their young adult books will be available for purchase at the book tent on Saturday.)

Message to Sponsors and LITERATI ($350 level) Members

Tickets that are included as benefits to your sponsorship or membership may be picked up at ‘Will Call’ at Trustees Theater during their regular business hours anytime between now and the event date. The box office number is 912.525.5050. The address: 216 East Broughton St., Savannah. Business hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Please consider supporting the Savannah Book Festival by becoming a member of the LITERATI. As a member of the LITERATI (Friend of the Festival), you will enjoy special author events and receive advance notice and sign-up opportunities for ticketed Festival events. There are two levels of LITERATI membership starting at $150. Visit for more information.

Your LITERATI membership dollars, along with individual and corporate sponsorships, help to cover author transportation costs, as well as hospitality and venue expenses. In just five years, the Savannah Book Festival has realized its mission of being one of the country’s premier book events.

Gifting a LITERATI membership might be a real bell ringer!

James Farmer Worthy Wreath Update!

Many of you who attended our pre-Festival James Farmer event in November are already putting his book, Wreaths for All Seasons, to good use. The sold out luncheon event was a grand success. The note below recently arrived from Cindy Conner, Farmer’s representative, and includes information on inquiries regarding his beautiful wreaths.

I just wanted to thank you again for having James at the book festival a few weeks ago. He asked me to pass on his gratitude and a big old hug you to you and all of those who attended his lecture. He had such a lovely time and spoke with so many delightful women!

Many of the guests at the lecture had inquired about where they can buy James’ wreaths, so I wanted to let you know that James is now offering a collection of the wreaths from his book, Wreaths for All Seasons, on his website: I was hoping you would be able to pass that information on.

Be sure to visit our website: for more details, a growing list of guest authors and updates for SBF 2013. Enjoy the link to Amazon’s best books of 2012. SBF authors are among those named. What an abundant source for holiday gift giving ideas! Our guest authors represent the genres of fiction, non-fiction, history, lifestyle, young adult fantasy, contemporary issues, and memoir—surely something for everyone.

At this time our list of guest authors includes:

Gregg Allman
David Baldacci
Dave Barry
T.C. Boyle
W. Bruce Cameron
Claire Cook
Griff & Cheryl Day
Bobby Deen
Michael Duffy
Richard Paul Evans
Mark Frost
Nancy Gibbs
Tyler Hamilton
Holley Jaakkola
A.J. Jacobs
Beverly Jenkins
Joseph Kanon
Heidi Squier Kraft
Kristyn Kusek Lewis
Kevin McCarey
Paula McLain
J.R. Moehringer
Jim Morekis
Dr. Mark Murphy
James Patterson
Daniel H. Pink
Leonard Pitts, Jr.
B.A. Shapiro
Mary Sharratt
Andrew Solomon
Susanna Sonnenberg
Jake Tapper
Evan Thomas
Colm Tὀibἰn
Karen Thompson Walker
Kimberly Schlegel Whitman
Isabel Wilkerson
Garry Wills

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. It is committed to celebrating the written word and to offering all main day events free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, or visit

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