Books to the ceiling,
Books to the sky,
My pile of books is a mile high.
How I love them!
How I need them!
I’ll have a long beard
by the time I read them.
If you can identify with the foregoing verse, then you may have been one of the thousands of readers who converged on Savannah’s Telfair Square and treated themselves to this year’s Savannah Book Festival. We hope that we exceeded your expectations.
Our Friday night keynote address was standing room only, filling the beautiful and historic Trinity Church to the rafters. On Saturday, the weather was beautiful, our attendance skyrocketed to new heights, the authors were fascinating, and Telfair Square was alive with people from all over the United States who came to hear and meet their favorite authors, buy books, eat wonderful food and drink in the festival atmosphere. Sunday’s Brunch on the Square with Paula Deen was a sellout, with Savannah’s most famous restaurateur closing the festival with a rollicking good time.
But no one person or committee produces an event of this caliber alone.
It happens through the year-round efforts of our hardworking board members and dedicated volunteers; through collaborating organizations and individuals who assist with programming and marketing; through the generosity and vision of our donors and sponsors; through the professionalism of our vendors; and our wonderful authors, many of whom waive their customary fees to appear at our festival.
The contributions of each person and organization helped immeasurably to shape the Savannah Book Festival into a world-class literary event in only its second year of existence. If you assisted with, contributed to or attended this year’s Savannah Book Festival, we thank you for your confidence in our efforts. In these difficult economic times, your continued support is needed for the festival to grow and prosper. We promise to work to improve the Festival each year to merit your support.
For now, keep in touch with us by signing up (on the left hand side of our home page) to receive emailed updates on the 2010 Festival and our quarterly Friends of the Savannah Book Festival events. We will keep this site updated with current news and we’re planning a book event for June 2009 that’s sure to be a blockbuster! Donate if you can, and encourage your friends to become involved with the Savannah Book Festival. We have needs throughout the year, not just at Festival time the first weekend in February!
Thanks again, and stay tuned for further developments.