2009 Festival

It’s a Wrap!

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.
               -Arnold Lobel

 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.

2009 Keynote speaker Roy Blount, Jr.
2009 Keynote speaker Roy Blount, Jr.

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.  

Our volunteers made things happen!
Our volunteers made things happen!

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.   


Author Bailey White with a tentful of old and new fans.
Author Bailey White with a tentful of old and new fans.







Counting Down!

Just a few days until the Second Annual Savannah Book Festival!

Friday, February 6, 2009
Keynote Address
Free and Open to the Public

The festival kicks off at Trinity Church at 5:30 pm on with a keynote address by humorist and author Roy Blount, Jr., introduced by Julia Reed, returning to this year’s festival by popular demand.

The Keynote Address sponsored in part by  Elizabeth Oxnard and Carolyn Luck


Saturday, February 7, 2009 Main Festival Day
on Telfair Square
Free and Open to the Public

The Festival continues from 10 am through 5 pm on Telfair Square and the historic buildings around the square, with:
 – Six literary venues; more than 40 authors speaking to audiences throughout the day
 – Book signings after each author presentation
 – Family Activities venue, including a performance by singer-songwriter Caroline Aiken; storytellers, children’s book authors, art demonstrations and spoken Singer-songwriter Caroline Aikenword performances
 – Book sales by Follett/Ex Libris
 – Food vendors from local restaurants
 – Exhibitors, including a local authors marketplace

Sunday, February 8, 2009Paula Deen
Sunday Brunch on the Square
with Paula Deen

We wrap up with a brunch fundraiser at 12 noon on Telfair Square, featuring Savannah’s own Paula Deen, and catered by her world-famous restaurant, The Lady & Sons.  Tickets $75 to benefit the Savannah Book Festival.  Visit www.scadboxoffice.com or call 912-525-5050 for tickets. Service charges apply.

Brunch on the Square with Paula Deen is sponsored by Piggly Wiggly, Elizabeth Oxnard, Don and Kay Gardner and Carolyn Luck.

Tickets are Going Fast, Y’all!

Paula Deen headlines Festival's Sunday Brunch

Paula Deen will headline the closing event of the Savannah Book Festival

Tickets to the Savannah Book Festival’s closing event, “Brunch on the Square with Paula Deen,” are selling like, well….hoecakes!

Savannah’s own culinary star and restaurateur – Paula Deen – headlines this event, which will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2009 at 12 noon on Telfair Square.  Sharing the spotlight with Paula is her fabled southern cuisine from The Lady & Sons.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to visit with Paula in a beautiful and intimate setting.  After the brunch, Paula will sign books.*

Tickets for this event are available now at www.scadboxoffice.com, or by calling 912-525-5050.  Service charges apply.  All proceeds benefit the Savannah Book Festival.

Limited to on-site purchases, please.  Book sales by Ex Libris.

Savannah Book Festival Receives Endorsement

The Savannah Book Festival and its featured appearance by author Charles Bracelen Flood has received an endorsement from the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.  Mr. Flood will premiere his new book, 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History at the Savannah Book Festival on Saturday, February 7, 2009.  He will appear at the History & Biography Venue in the rotunda of the Telfair Academy at 3:00 p.m.

Charles Bracelen Flood was born in Manhattan and graduated from Harvard, where he was a member of Archibald MacLeish’s noted creative writing seminar. The 12 books he has written include the novels A Distant Drum and More Lives Than One, as well as The War of the Innocents, his account of a year spent in Vietnam as a correspondent. Flood’s Rise, and Fight Again won the American Revolution Round Table Award in 1976, and Hitler-The Path to Power was among several successful studies in history and biography that followed.  Flood’s first venture into the Civil War era was Lee-The Last Years. In Grant and Sherman: The Friendship That Won the Civil War, Flood explores their remarkable partnership, which helped see an entire nation through perilous times. Flood’s newest book is 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History, and will release in February, 2009 – the bicentennial month of Lincoln’s birth.

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Dates Announced for 2009 Savannah Book Festival

More than forty nationally-known and local bestselling authors and their avid readers will descend upon Telfair Square in historic Savannah, Georgia for the Second Annual Savannah Morning News Savannah Book Festival, which will be held the first weekend of February, 2009. Festival events on Friday and Saturday are free and open to the public.

As title sponsor for the second consecutive year, the Savannah Morning News has made a significant commitment of resources to promoting the Festival, which draws thousands of readers to Savannah’s historic district to see their favorite authors and discover new favorites, purchase books and enjoy family activities.

The Festival begins on Friday, February 6, 2009 with a keynote address by southern humorist and author Roy Blount, Jr. in the sanctuary of Trinity Church. Blount will be introduced by another southern humorist and author, Julia Reed – returning this year by popular request.

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