(SAVANNAH, GA) Over 10,000 devotees hit the pavement and six venues at Telfair Square to see Hoda Kotb, Al Gore, J.R. Moehringer, Gregg Allman, Paula McLain, T.C. Boyle and 27 other outstanding authors during the free all day events on Saturday, February 16. Dave Barry, James Patterson, David Baldacci and Jeff Kinney headlined Special Events that sold out Trustees Theater at each of their presentations. And, visitors took home over 3,000 books from the Ex Libris book tent.
Humorist Dave Barry, who moved to Miami from the United States, tickled every funny bone and showed his Pulitzer Prize stripes. James Patterson charmed and regaled the audience with stories that captured how individuals change their own stories and their life paths. Bobby Deen inspired a lean and tasty rush to the kitchen. For dessert, he delighted the audience with a visit from kinfolk Jamie and Paula Deen. Jeff Kinney brought Wimpy Kid to life with terrific computer visuals, and David Baldacci surprised all with laugh-a-thon stories about personal experiences related to his success.
Following Baldacci’s talk on Sunday afternoon, audience members snapped out of closing curtain melancholy when SBF Board member Anne Higbee announced that Anna Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize winner, novelist, columnist and essayist will give a luncheon presentation on May 16 at the Plantation Club on Skidaway Island. Higbee also reminded everyone of the previously announced Robert K. Massie Dinner and Conversation event on April 30. Ticket information and details will be on the Festival website this week at www.savannahbookfestival.org.
During Saturday’s Festival events, C-SPAN/Book TV aired over 5 hours of talks by nonfiction authors including Al Gore, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and presidential historian Evan Thomas—taking the Festival to thousands of book enthusiasts who couldn’t be at the event.
The Savannah Book Festival would like to thank the following friends and supporters: The Telfair Museums, Trinity United Methodist Church, The City of Savannah, Department of Cultural Affairs, C-SPAN/Book TV.
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.