2014 Festival

Tami Hoag to Headline Savannah Book Festival Spring Event

(SAVANNAH, GA) International bestselling author Tami Hoag will headline the Savannah Book Festival’s Spring 2014 event, noon, May 8, at The Landings Plantation Club on Skidaway Island.

Hoag, who has written more than 30 New York Times bestsellers—including crime thrillers Deeper Than the Dead and Secrets to the Grave—has more than 30 million books in print. Tickets for the Spring Event are $50.00 each and include lunch and a hardback copy of The 9th Girl, Hoag’s most recently published book.

Tickets go on sale March 28 for Savannah Book Festival LITERATI and Sponsors. LITERATI members may each purchase two tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the general public April 4. Tickets are available by calling Savannah Box Office at 912.525.5050. More information on the special event and LITERATI membership is available online at savannahbookfestival.org or by calling 912.598.4040.

Robin Gold, executive director of the Savannah Book Festival, said, “Our intent is to continue the momentum of the Book Festival throughout the year. In the past, we have featured Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Robert K. Massie and Anna Quindlen in special events. Tami Hoag is another high caliber author, who adds to the validation of C-Span calling us one of the top book festivals in the country.”

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2015 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 12-15, 2015, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit savannahbookfestival.org.

‘Beatles vs. Stones’ Author to Speak at 2014 Savannah Book Festival

(SAVANNAH, GA)  As we mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show next week, the debate continues whether the Beatles or Rolling Stones reigns supreme in the pantheon of Rock ‘n’ Roll groups. That question may be answered when author John McMillian discusses his new book, Beatles vs. Stones, at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival on Saturday, Feb. 15.

McMillian, assistant professor of history at Georgia State University, takes the reader from the recording studios to concerts to courtrooms, exploring the relationship, rivalry and politics between the two groups, while giving new meaning to “Big Band music.” McMillian’s meticulous research is set against a backdrop with which he was already familiar. He has explored the 1960s in other books, including Smoking Typewriters: The Sixties Underground Press and the Rise of Alternative Media in America.

McMillian will speak at 2:45 PM at The Lutheran Church of the Ascension Fellowship Hall on Wright Sq. during the 2014 Savannah Book Festival’s main day. As with all of the nearly 40 main day presentations, McMillian’s will be free and open to the public.

For a complete schedule of author presentations and other information regarding the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, including kick-off, keynote and closing speaker events, visit savannahbookfestival.org.


The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Improvements Elevate the 2014 Savannah Book Festival Visitor Experience

(SAVANNAH, GA) Numerous changes designed to improve the visitor experience are in store for the main day of the Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 15. In addition to more than 30 bestselling authors, there are new book signing policies, speaking venues, transportation, food offerings and seat-capacity restrictions.

New Venues: There will be strict enforcement by the City of Savannah Fire Marshall of seating-capacity requirements in all venues this year. To accommodate the growing Festival audience, two new venues will be used for presenting authors—the Lutheran Church of the Ascension Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall on Wright Square.

Even with the additional seating, however, Robin Gold, the Festival’s executive director, advises, “If there is an author you particularly want to see, you should get to the venue early enough to make sure you have a seat.”

Transportation and Parking: Getting to the Festival will be easier than ever this year. Free trolley service will be offered all day between the Jewish Education Alliance at 5111 Abercorn St., Senior Citizens Inc. at 3025 Bull Street, and Telfair Square. All city parking garages will provide parking for a flat fee of $5 all day.

Dining: Both Barnes Restaurants and Savannah Coffee Roasters will be selling food in Telfair Square. Trinity United Methodist Church, one of the Festival venues on Telfair Square, will offer an indoor “Food and Fellowship” dining area during lunch hours. Though food will not be for sale in the Fellowship area, visitors are welcome to bring their own food in for an indoor picnic.

Book Signing: As a reminder, only books purchased at the Festival or online through Follett in advance will be signed by presenting authors. A signing card must be shown as proof of purchase. One cashier in the Book Sales tent will be designated for Sponsors and LITERATI to help lines move quickly.

“A primary reason for authors participating in book festivals is to sell books,” says Gold. “The Festival’s aim is to promote book sales so that authors of such high caliber will continue to participate.”


The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

2014 Savannah Book Festival Explores the Spirit

(SAVANNAH, GA) Science or faith? Miracle or hoax? Three renowned authors who have delved into spiritual issues in recently published books will discuss their experiences and research during presentations at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 13-16, 2014.

Mitch Albom, whose Tuesdays With Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven were both New York Times bestsellers, will discuss his latest release, The First Phone Call From Heaven, in the Festival’s keynote presentation on Friday, Feb. 14, at 6 p.m. at Trustees Theater. When phones start ringing in a small town with voices saying they are calling from Heaven, townies – and readers – will wonder if it is a miracle, or proof of an afterlife.

Neurosurgeon Eben Alexander will offer his Proof of Heaven in the Festival’s closing presentation on Sunday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m. at Trustees Theater. The book, on the Times’ bestseller list for more than a year, traces Alexander’s own journey into the afterlife after a near-death experience. Alexander believes that science will prove one day that Heaven does exist.

On the Festival’s main day, Saturday, Feb. 15, when all presentations are free and open to the public, author Alice Hoffman will discuss both her soon-to-be-published The Museum of Extraordinary Things and her recent Survival Lessons. Hoffman, who wrote the best-selling Practical Magic and The Dovekeepers, wrote Survival Lessons as a self guidebook after she was diagnosed with cancer. The author has said, “I wrote Survival Lessons to remind myself of the beauty of life, something that is all too easy to overlook during a crisis, illness or loss.”

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Important Upcoming SBF dates

The Savannah Book Festival has some important dates approaching, so we wanted to remind you to mark your calendar:

New this year - SBF supporters can now order recently released books by Festival authors online through Follett Books, SBF’s book seller, with guaranteed delivery for Christmas if ordered by December 20th. PLUS, each order includes a book signing card to use at the Festival!  PLUS, PLUS, your order benefits SBF because Follett contributes 20% of each sale to the Festival!  PLUS, PLUS, PLUS, as a LITERATI member or Sponsor, you’ll enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases!

As a reminder: If you’re planning to attend the Festival and would like to have a book signed by an author, you must purchase a book (with a signing card) either online or at the Festival through Follett Books. This pre-sale service will enable you to read and/or give your book and still get it signed at the Festival!

For detailed information on advance book purchases please click here.

Other important dates are quickly approaching for ticket sales to our feature events at Trustees Theater (Opening, Keynote and Closing Address). Since these events typically sell out quickly, we encourage you to call the Savannah Box Office at the appropriate time. There are no ticket sales through the SBF office.

2014 On Sale Dates:

LITERATI members and Sponsors: January 2 – 7, 2014

General Public: January 8, 2014

For information on LITERATI membership, please click here. For additional information about ticket sales and procedures, please click here.

There is extensive information about the Festival on our website www.savannahbookfestival.org or you can call our office at 912-598-4040.

Warm Wishes for a Happy Holiday Season and New Year,

The Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors and Staff

2014 Savannah Book Festival Session to Focus on JFK Assassination

(SAVANNAH, GA) As the nation marks the grim 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and grapples once again with unanswered questions and unfulfilled promise, the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 13-16, 2014, will feature New York Times best-selling author James L. Swanson and his latest book, End of Days, which will be released today.

In End of Days, Swanson tackles the questions and theories of the assassination in a riveting minute-by-minute account of that fateful day in November 1963 as well as the days leading up to it and its aftermath. Swanson will discuss his book and the Kennedy assassination during a main day session at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 15, 2014. His presentation, like all main day appearances, is free and open to the public. For more information on Swanson, as well as the full lineup for the Festival, visit savannahbookfestival.org.

Adding further illumination to the magnitude of this event, The Telfair Museum, which is the setting for many of the Festival’s main day presentations, has an ongoing exhibition, Warhol/JFK: November 22, 1963, that explores the assassination from the perspective of Andy Warhol, a leading American modern artist. The museum will be open during the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, showcasing two of Warhol’s works: a 1966 double portrait of a grieving Jacqueline Kennedy and a portfolio of 11 screen prints with text replicating newswire copy from the assassination and its follow-up.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Savannah Book Festival Adds Lutheran Church as Venue for 2014

(SAVANNAH, GA) To better accommodate the estimated 10,000 visitors to the Savannah Book Festival, the 2014 Festival has expanded beyond Telfair Square to the Lutheran Church of the Ascension at Wright Square. The Church’s 500-seat sanctuary and 200-seat congregation hall will be used for author presentations on the Festival’s main day, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014.

The Church is a three-minute walk east from Telfair Square, where all other main day Festival sites are located. The Lutheran Church sanctuary will be second-only to Trinity United Methodist Church at Telfair Square in terms of seating capacity. Trinity Church holds 550.

“Last year, some visitors were closed out of their first choice of author presentations because of high demand and limited seating,” said Robin Gold, executive director of the Savannah Book Festival. “By partnering with the Lutheran Church, we are adding 700 seats, which hopefully will alleviate the dilemma.”

However, Gold stressed that, between the popularity of so many 2014 Festival presenting authors and the fact that all main day addresses are free of charge, visitors should plan on arriving early to ensure hearing their chosen authors.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair and Wright Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Albom, Alexander, and Turow to Anchor 2014 Festival

Scott Turow, Mitch Albom and Eben Alexander to Anchor 2014 Savannah Book Festival

(SAVANNAH, GA) Best-selling authors Scott Turow, Mitch Albom and Eben Alexander will headline the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014. Turow will kick off the Festival on Thursday night, Feb. 13, with his new mystery-thriller, Identical. Albom will give the Festival’s keynote address the following night, Friday, Feb. 14, discussing his latest book, The First Phone Call from Heaven. Alexander, a neurosurgeon, will close the Festival on Sunday, Feb. 16, with his personal nonfiction narrative, Proof of Heaven.

These authors will all speak at Trustees Theater, 216 E. Broughton St., in Savannah’s Historic District. Tickets for headline events are $15 each and go on sale Jan. 2, 2014, for Savannah Book Festival LITERATI members and sponsors, and on Jan. 8 for the general public. Tickets will be available through Savannah Box Office at 912.525.5050 or savannahboxoffice.com.

Nearly 40 other best-selling, popular, debut and local authors will speak during the 2014 Savannah Book Festival’s main day on Saturday, Feb. 15, in free sessions open to the public. Anita Shreve, Wally Lamb and A. Scott Berg will be among the main day authors. Most writers appearing at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival have books released within the past year. All participating authors’ newly-published books will be offered for sale during the Festival, and authors will sign books that are purchased at the Festival.For a complete list of authors appearing at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, tips for making travel plans, and information about book purchase and signing procedures, visit the Book Festival website at www.savannahbookfestival.org.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair Square in Savannah’s Historic District.  For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Local Hotels, Restaurants Offer Specials for Nicholas Sparks Appearance

(SAVANNAH, GA) Several Savannah Book Festival lodging and dining partners are offering special promotions tied in to author Nicholas Sparks’ speaking engagement on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013.

Two hotels are featuring special packages for guests attending the Sparks speaking engagement. Savannah Bed & Breakfast Inn at Chatham Square’s Glitterati Getaway includes one night in a traditional room, tickets for Sparks and a bottle of champagne. Cost is $209. The Hampton Inn Savannah Historic District is offering valet parking, complimentary breakfast and tickets for Sparks, at rates starting at $184 a night. Two restaurants will be offering special cocktails. Alligator Soul will serve Blue Ridge Iced Tea, in honor of Sparks’ North Carolinian heritage, with muddled blueberries, Sweet Tea and Blueberry Vodkas. Circa 1875 will offer The Nicholas Sparkler, with champagne, fresh peach and St. Germaine.

Sparks, who has written 11 New York Times best-selling books, is visiting Savannah as part of a national tour for his new book, The Longest Ride. Tickets for the Savannah Book Festival special event, which begins at 6 p.m. at Trustees Theater, cost $10. Tickets are available from Savannah Box Office at 912.525.5050 or online at www.SavannahBoxOffice.com

A highlight of An Evening with Nicholas Sparks will be the announcement of the kick-off, keynote and closing speakers for the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, as well as some of the other bestselling and emerging authors who will speak on the Festival’s main day, Saturday, Feb.15, 2014.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair Square in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Robin Gold at 912.598.4040, info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.

Tickets On Sale Sept. 10 For Author Nicholas Sparks October Visit

(SAVANNAH, GA) Tickets are on sale for best-selling author Nicholas Sparks, who will speak at Trustees Theater on Tuesday evening, Oct. 8, 2013, in a special appearance sponsored by the Savannah Book Festival. Sparks, author of 11 New York Times #1 best-selling books, including The Notebook, Message in a Bottle and The Last Song, is visiting Savannah as part of a national tour for his new book, The Longest Ride. Tickets for the event, which begins at 6 p.m., cost $10.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 10, by calling the Savannah Box Office at 912.525.5050, or going online to www.SavannahBoxOffice.com.

To learn more about becoming a LITERATI or Festival Sponsor, visit the Festival website at www.savannahbookfestival.org, or call the Festival office at 912.598.4040.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors and committed to keeping all main day events free and open to the public. The 2014 Savannah Book Festival, presented by Georgia Power, will be held Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 13-16, 2014, in locations in and around Telfair Square in Savannah’s Historic District. 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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