Local Authors and Rock Legend to Appear at 2013 Festival

Local Authors and Rock Legend to Appear at 2013 Festival

(SAVANNAH, GA) Nearly a dozen local authors and celebrities will participate in the 2013 Savannah Book Festival. Among them are rock legend Gregg Allman, local physician and Savannah Book Festival board member Mark Murphy and favorite son Bobby Deen, who will be featured in a special lifestyle presentation on Friday afternoon, February 15, 2013.

Rock music icon Gregg Allman, who has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time,” will autograph copies of his memoir, My Cross to Bear, at the Festival’s Book Tent at Telfair Square from noon to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 16, 2013. Only books purchased at the Festival will be autographed.

Local authors presenting on Saturday include Mark Murphy, local gastroenterologist and Savannah Book Festival board member, who will discuss his new murder mystery novel, The Shadow Man, which has received excellent reviews. Also presenting are Griff and Cheryl Day, owners of Back in the Day Bakery in Savannah. Amazon named their Back in the Day Bakery Cookbook one of the top cookbooks of 2012. Kimberly Ergul and Holley Jaakkola, who teamed up to co-author A Savannah Christmas: Food, Décor, Tables & Traditions from Savannah & the Low Country, will talk about their book. Jane Fishman, columnist for the Savannah Morning News, will discuss The Dirt on Jane, her recently published memoir about gardening and other adventures. SCAD professor Kevin McCarey will talk about Islands Under Fire, the bizarre tale of his involvement in the preservation of a coral reef off the coast of Puerto Rico. McCarey is an award-winning filmmaker and former oceanographer. Jim Morekis, editor in chief of Connect Savannah, is author of Moon Charleston & Savannah, Moon South Carolina and the upcoming Moon Georgia guidebooks, which he will discuss.

Bobby Deen, who manages Paula Deen’s The Lady and Sons restaurant in Savannah with his brother Jamie and hosts “Not My Mother’s Meals” on the Cooking Channel, will be featured, along with designer and Southern Living editor Kimberly Schelgel Whitman, in a special lifestyle presentation on Friday, Feb 15, 2013 at Trustees Theater. A limited number of tickets for this special event are still available for $10 through savannahboxoffice.com or by calling Savannah Box Office at 912-525-5050. Deen’s new cookbook, From Mama’s Table to Mine, will be published in February. Whitman’s new book is The Party Planner.

Robin Gold, executive director of the Savannah Book Festival, said, “We have always embraced local authors, but we are doing so this year in particular, in part because so many are participating in the Book Festival. It is remarkable how much local literary talent we have in Savannah, which Festival attendees will discover for themselves in February.”

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, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

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