2015 Authors

Headline Events

Opening: An Evening with Janet Evanovich

Thur., Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., Trustees Theater
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Keynote: An Evening with P. J. O’Rourke

Fri., Feb. 13 at 6 p.m., Trustees Theater
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Closing: A Conversation with Anne and Christopher Rice

Sun., Feb. 15 at 3 p.m., Trustees Theater
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Save the Date: Special Spring Event

May 6, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Trustees Theater
Author to be announced at the Closing Address!
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Fiction

Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy

Introducing Mary Hood
The much-loved Pat Conroy now leads the fiction imprint, Story River Books, for the University of South Carolina Press. Conroy will introduce one of his authors, Mary Hood, on Festival Saturday.
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Lorenzo Carcaterra

The Wolf
Lorenzo Carcaterra’s books are high-speed, action-packed thrillers—so put on your seatbelt for his latest, The Wolf.
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Linda Fairstein

Terminal City
Ms. Fairstein has had to cancel her 2015 scheduled appearance.
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Elin Hilderbrand

Winter Street
At an early age, Elin Hilderbrand promised herself she would always have a real summer. So she moved to Nantucket, began writing and never looked back. Her new book is about coming home for the holidays.
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Greg Iles

Natchez Burning
He confesses he doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but Greg Iles has two options in the works: rock star and best-selling author. With Natchez Burning, it looks like he’s met both goals.
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John Katzenbach

Red 1-2-3
Master of the modern psychological thriller, John Katzenbach’s recent psychological thriller is a chilling, contemporary ‘grown-up’ retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.
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Mary Alice Monroe

The Summer Wind
Mary Alice Monroe draws parallels between nature and human nature in this story set against the backdrop of the Atlantic bottlenose dolphins.
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Stewart O’Nan

West of Sunset
In this fictionalized biography, Stewart O’Nan captures the last three years of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life and his descent into 1930s Hollywood as he struggles for his dignity.
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George Pelecanos

The Martini Shot: A Novella and Stories
Pelecanos, who writes detective fiction set in his hometown of Washington, D.C., has been called one of America’s best crime writers.
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Christopher Scotton

The Secret Wisdom of the Earth
Scotton’s debut novel was greeted with such high expectations that the publisher issued a 100,000-copy first printing of this coming-of-age story compared to To Kill a Mockingbird.
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Diane Thomas

In Wilderness
Diane Thomas debuts her second novel—a suspenseful love story set in the North Georgia mountains that explores the relationship between the need for companionship and survival.
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Amanda Eyre Ward

The Same Sky
Austin-based writer Amanda Eyre Ward explores themes of motherhood and faith in a poignant new novel, The Same Sky, set on the Texas border.
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Gabrielle Zevin

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
In her eighth book, Gabrielle Zevin offers a charming tale delving into the life of a curmudgeonly bookstore owner and his astonishing transformation.
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Nonfiction

Karen Abbott

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
Bestselling author Karen Abbott’s latest book, Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy chronicles the fascinating story of four daring women who were spies during the Civil War.
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Vicki Constantine Croke

Elephant Company
Vicki Croke’s splendid new book is as the second part of her title implies The Inspiring Story of an Unlikely Hero and the Animals Who Helped Him Save Lives in World War II.
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John Dean

The Nixon Defense
John Dean served as White House legal counsel to President Nixon. His book, informed by transcripts of recorded conversations, documents in the National Archives and Nixon Library, sheds light on what Nixon knew and when.
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S. C. Gwynne

Rebel Yell
Prizewinning author Sam Gwynne’s latest book is Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson
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Carl Hoffman

Savage Harvest
Carl Hoffman travels not for fun or thrills, but to better understand people and places the world knows little about. His explorations enable him to shine a little light on the darkest corners of the planet.
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Joshua Horwitz

War of the Whales
Founder and publisher of Living Planet Books, Joshua Horwitz’s research and writing specialize in works by thought leaders in science, medicine and psychology.
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Sandeep Jauhar

Doctored
Dr. Jauhar’s memoir presents the crisis of American medicine through the life of an attending cardiologist. He has asked questions about the human side of modern medicine and presents an impassioned plea for reform.
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Edward J. Larson

The Return of George Washington
Edward L. Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes a sweeping narrative focusing on Washington’s coming out of retirement to lead the Constitutional Convention and serve as first president.
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David McCullough Jr.

You Are Not Special
An expansion of David McCullough, Jr.’s Wellesley, Mass. high school commencement speech that went viral with more than two million hits on YouTube with a message against prevailing perceptions of success.
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Donald L. Miller

Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America
Donald L. Miller is an authority on U.S. History and WWII. His latest book nails five key transformative moments that turned 1920s Manhattan into a commercial and cultural epicenter.
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Patton Oswalt

Silver Screen Fiend
Patton Oswalt, comedian/writer/actor and Silver Screen Fiend, has written a memoir about coming of age in the late ’90s while obsessively watching classic films.
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David Ritz

Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin David Ritz, the only four-time winner of the Gleason Music Book Award, has collaborated with numerous entertainers, including Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye and Don Rickles.
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Lynn Sherr

Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space
This long-time ABC 20/20 correspondent, award-winning journalist and author has written the definitive biography on the U.S.’s first woman in space.
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Gail Sheehy

Daring: My Passages
The Library of Congress named Gail Sheehy’s Passages one of the 10 most influential books of our time. Sheehy tells her own story in Daring: My Passages.
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Brando Skyhorse

Take This Man
In his second book, an astonishingly beautiful memoir, PEN/Hemingway Award winner Brando Skyhorse explores his childhood living falsely as a Native American with his mother.
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Tavis Smiley

Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year
Popular talk show host and broadcaster, best-selling author Tavis Smiley shares insights into the heart and mind of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the last days of his life.
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Richard Zoglin

Hope: Entertainer of the Century
The ultimate voice on comedy in America, Richard Zoglin offers a compelling portrait of beloved comedian/actor/troop supporter Bob Hope in Hope: Entertainer of The Century.
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Local/Regional Fiction

Mary Kay Andrews

Save the Date
With Save the Date, SBF audiences will thrill to a happily-ever-after Savannah based story of romance, mystery and humor.
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Patti Callahan Henry

The Stories We Tell
She didn’t set out to be a novelist, but she couldn’t ignore her love of words and reading. Now, she’s just released her tenth book, The Stories We Tell.
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Mary Hood

Seam Busters
Mary Hood originally set out to study chemistry, enrolling in the graduate program at Georgia Tech. She soon changed her mind, making the commitment to be a writer. After reading Seam Busters, you’ll be glad she did.
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Colleen Hoover

Confess
Colleen Hoover has had to cancel her appearance due to a family health issue. She sends her deepest apologies and thanks you all for understanding.
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Local/Regional Nonfiction

Michael Harris and Linda Sickler

Historic Haunts of Savannah
The question “Are you for real?’ takes on new meaning when co-authors Harris and Sickler ask it of Savannah’s purported ghosts and spirits.
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Will Harlan

Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island
A man of adventure, trail runner and philanthropist Will Harlan took a breather to highlight the outdoor life of Cumberland Island’s toughest advocate.
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Preston Russell

Lights of Madness: In Search of Joan of Arc
Savannah resident Preston Russell is a retired pathologist. His medical days may be over, but he is still active as a writer, historian and artist.
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