2017 Authors

Headline Events

James Patterson


Thursday, February 16, 2017
6 p.m. Trustees Theater

Cross The Line

#1 NYTimes best-selling author James Patterson's infamous Alex Cross strikes again in the series most dangerous story yet with a killer on the loose, a city in panic, and nobody in charge of the besieged DC police force.

Colson Whitehead


Friday, February 17, 2017
6 p.m. Trustees Theater

The Underground Railroad

This year's National Book Award Winner Colson Whitehead presents his a magnificent tour de force following a young slave's journey to freedom in the antebellum South.

Christina Baker Kline


Sunday, February 19, 2017
3 p.m. Trustees Theater

A Piece of the World

Christina Baker Kline, author of #1 New York Times bestselling Orphan Train, brings a breathtaking and atmospheric novel of devotion, art, and friendship, inspired by Andrew Wyeth's mysterious and iconic painting "Christina's World."

Saturday Authors

Jennifer Keishin Armstrong


Jennifer Keishin Armstrong's bestselling look at the Seinfeld phenomenon dives deep into the iconic show about nothing, bringing readers behind-the-scenes to see if nothing can come from something.

Gary Belsky

On The Origins of Sports

Former editor-in-chief and executive director of ESPN The Magazine, Gary Belsky explores the original rules of 21 of the world's most popular sports, from football to mixed martial arts. It is the ultimate sports book for the thinking fan.

Frank Bruni

A Meatloaf in Every Oven

NYT op-ed journalist Frank Bruni serves up a homage to a distinct American culinary tradition, with 50 killer recipes, from the best classic takes to riffs by world-famous chefs to those of prominent politicians.

Peter Cozzens

The Earth is Weeping

American historian Peter Cozzens brings forth an essential history of how the West was won - and lost - with this full account of the amazing struggle between whites and Native Americans.

Alejandro Danois

The Boys of Dunbar

Alejandro Danois tells an encouraging true story of a high-school basketball team that gave a city hope, overcoming desperate circumstances in 1980s Baltimore, and producing four NBA players.

William Daugherty

In the Shadow of the Ayatollah

The re-issue of this amazing bestseller relates today's dealings with Iran to its memories of 1979, when Islamic militants held CIA officer William Daugherty and other U.S. diplomatic personnel hostage in the American Embassy in Tehran.

Thomas Dolby

The Speed of Sound

Thomas Dolby shares a remarkable story of a life at the top of the Billboard charts and as an avant-garde genius trying to tie together music and the emerging world of technology.

Dorothea Benton Frank

All Summer Long

The NYT bestselling Dorothea Benton Frank writes a sensational novel that follows a New York couple through a tumultuous relocation to Charleston and a reassessment of their relationship with a tremendous leap of faith.

Matt Gallagher

Young Blood

Former U.S. Army captain and Iraq War veteran Matt Gallagher tells the story of a bright young lieutenant who struggles to accept the U.S. departure from Iraq where there are still things yet to be resolved and peace has yet to come.

Tess Gerritsen

Playing with Fire

In Tess Gerritsen's latest thriller, a mother is haunted by an old piece of music that has a life of its own. But when she plays the piece, she blacks out and awakens to find her small daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence.

Jane Green


The latest novel from NYT bestselling author Jane Green follows a bank executive heading to small-town Connecticut after losing her job in Manhattan, ready to find some rest, new beginnings, a garden…and, maybe, a man.

Kathleen Grissom

Glory Over Everything

Kathleen Grissom tells the story of the son of a slave and slave master with a deadly secret that throws him into an intense expedition through the Underground Railroad in this sequel to her grassroots bestseller, The Kitchen House.

Yaa Gyasi


This wonderful story follows two half-sisters: one becomes a slave and the other becomes a wife to a British slaver. As they part ways, their paths unfold as Yaa Gyasi shows how captivity etches into the heart of both a family and a nation.

Robert Hicks

The Orphan Mother

NYT bestselling author Robert Hicks crafts a tale of a mother, midwife, and former slave who experiences a loss when her son is murdered and she seeks justice but has to confront the wrongs in her own past first.

Alexandra Horowitz

Being a Dog

Alexandra Horowitz once again looks inside and closely examines how a dog perceives the world with its strongest organ, the nose, and how humans can use their nose to snuff things out in surprising ways as well.

Tama Janowitz


In this darkly funny, surprising memoir, Tama Janowitz takes a look at her life in and outside of New York City, from the Lit Girl days of the 1980s to her life today in a tiny upstate town that proves that fact is always stranger than fiction.

Paulette Jiles

News of the World

National Book Award finalist Paulette Jiles takes us into the life of an itinerant news reader who transports a young captive back to her people in this novel that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

Terry Kay

The King Who Made Paper Flowers

Terry Kay takes us into the story of a man who hops off a Greyhound bus in Savannah and is immediately robbed by a street magician. He soon learns that what was just a place may lead him to find both his home and his purpose.

Cassandra King

A Lowcountry Heart

With a heartfelt introduction, Cassandra King presents the last non-fiction volume written by her husband, Pat Conroy, as he reminisces on a life well-lived, the memories he was a part of and the lives he touched.

Caroline Leavitt

Cruel Beautiful World

NYT bestselling author Caroline Leavitt's new novel starts off with a teenager impulsively wanting to run away with a much older man and her older sister stepping in before she goes past the point of no return.

Gerald Marzorati

Late to the Ball

An inspiring and absorbing account of former NYT Magazine editor Gerald Marzorati's learning to play tennis in his fifties and finding that becoming a serious, competitive tennis player at the age of sixty is a whole other matter.

Min Jin Lee


This novel by Min Jin Lee follows a Korean family from the 1900s when a beautiful daughter has an unplanned pregnancy that shames the family, forcing them to move and make sacrifices to keep from social ruin.

Imbolo Mbue

Behold the Dreamers

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel tells an unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a fresh start in New York just as the Great Recession begins to shake the economy and the American dream for many crumbles around them.

Terry McDonell

The Accidental Life

Noted editor Terry McDonell shares his fun and glorifying approach to the writing and editing life as well as a behind-the scenes look at some of the most influential magazines in America.

Greg Mitchell

The Tunnels

This thrilling Cold War narrative by Greg Mitchell tells of attempts to rescue East Germans by tunneling underneath the Berlin Wall, how American TV networks financed it, and why the Kennedy administration tried to suppress the story.

Jay McInerney

Bright, Precious Days

Legendary author Jay McInerney revisits the Calloways in this third book in the trilogy, exploring their lives, job security, and relationships as they all get tested and tried during the economic breakdown in the late 2000s.

Thomas Mullen


Thomas Mullen delivers a riveting and elegant police procedural set in the newly-desegregated 1948 Atlanta PD, exploring a murder, corrupt police, and strained race relations that could almost fit right in with our headlines today.

Lydia Millet

Sweet Lamb of Heaven

Lydia Millet's first-person psychological thriller gets sinister as a young mother and her child attempt to move across the country to hide from her pernicious husband who will stop at nothing to ruin their new future.

Megan Miranda

All The Missing Girls

Megan Miranda's newest novel has heart-stopping suspense with an almost Hitchcockian concept in a story about two young women disappearing, a decade apart, with the story told in reverse chronological order.

Molly Prentiss

Tuesday Nights in 1980

Molly Prentiss crafts a tale that follows a critic, an artist, and a determined young woman as they find their way-and ultimately collide-amid the ever-evolving New York City art scene of the 1980s.

CANCELLED Francine Prose

Mister Monkey

NYT bestselling author Francine Prose writes a darkly humored, innovative, and attentive novel that goes through a group of players associated with a very uncanny Broadway children's musical.

Jonathan Rabb

Among the Living

Local writer Jonathan Rabb's moving novel about a Holocaust survivor who finds his way to the only family he has left in Savannah and must learn to navigate the social standards found in the town's African-American and Jewish communities.

Dan Slater

Wolf Boys

Former reporter Dan Slater's true life thriller is a nerve-racking and dangerous exploration into the heart of the Mexican drug trade with the story of two American teenagers who become killers for a Mexican cartel.

Richard Snow

Iron Dawn

Richard Snow tells a thrilling story of the naval battle that not only changed the Civil War but the future of all sea power when the Monitor saved the Union Cause and Great Britain ceased work on all wooden ships.

John Tamny

Who Needs the Fed?

John Tamny provides a strong and candid claim against the Federal Reserve and, in an entertaining and informative way, shows not only how excessive and useless the Feds can be, but also just how risky and hazardous as well.

Danielle Trussoni

The Fortress

NYT bestselling author Danielle Trussoni shares a very vulnerable and lavishly written narrative of a woman who discovers, loses and rediscovers love and the intricacies of her own heart after she and her husband separate.

Paula Wallace

The Bee and the Acorn

SCAD's president and founder Paula Wallace's memoir captures her daring journey as she sets out to build a new and original university for the arts in the heart of the Georgia coast and how it sets a new creative standard for students.

Harriet Washington

Infectious Madness

Harriet Washington lays out a revolutionary new germ theory, which posits that many instances of Alzheimer's, OCD, and schizophrenia are caused by viruses, prions, and bacteria, and that these cases can be easily prevented or treated.

Gerri Willis

Rich is not a Four-Letter Word

Fox Business Network anchor Gerri Willis takes on the progressive mind-set that gives government bureaucrats the right to decide what's best for us, resulting in bigger government programs and more wasted taxpayer money.

Nora Zelevansky

Will You Won't You Want Me?

NYC's Nora Zelevansky creates a prep school prom queen undeniably stuck in the past a decade later and aching for that metaphorical tiara. Desperate to pay rent, she starts tutoring a young girl and discovers some truths about herself. ​​