Welcome to the Savannah Book Festival!

February 15 – 18, 2024

The Savannah Book Festival is an annual event, free and open to the public, in celebration of the written word and its role in improving the human experience. Our mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation. Since the first Savannah Book Festival in 2008, SBF has presented an array of nationally-acclaimed authors to crowds of book-loving attendees through our ticketed Headline Addresses and our free Festival Saturday.

Our four-day Festival takes place over the course of a sunny Presidents’ Day Weekend, against the backdrop of stunning historic buildings, cascading Spanish moss, and blooming Azaleas. Each year, over 9,000 people join us for three ticketed Headliner Address events and for our free Festival Saturday, which features over 30 authors appearing at unique venues around three historic squares in Downtown Savannah.

 

Festival Saturday presentations take place in museums, churches, and theaters in and around the historic Telfair, Wright, and Chippewa Squares in the heart of Downtown Savannah. Our lineup of nationally-recognized authors from wide-ranging genres give 30-minute solo presentations on their creative process, followed by a Q&A and book signing.

 

The Ruth Ware will give the Opening Address. Jeannette Walls will provide the Keynote, and David Grann, Barnes & Noble’s Author of the Year will deliver the Closing Address. Headliner Addresses are ticketed events presented in the Historic Trustees Theater in Downtown Savannah.

 

Headliners give a 45-minute presentation on their creative process and life as a writer, followed by a Q&A and book signing. Sponsors and Literati members received guaranteed access to Headliner Addresses. Tickets to Headliner Addresses are $30. Tickets go on sale to the public on Thursday, January 11 at the Savannah Theater Box Office.

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We’ll see you February 15-18, 2024! 

News & Updates

SBF 2024 Is in the Books

The 2024 Savannah Book Festival was our most successful yet! Our attendance numbers continue to climb, and our social media engagement is more active than ever. The feedback we receive in our surveys informs our decisions and helps us to improve. Here's the link to...

New This Year: Panel Discussions

We are trying something new at the 2024 Savannah Book Festival. For the first time in the history of SBF we will have two panel discussions. We have scheduled two panels for Festival Saturday in the afternoon.  All of the authors participating in the panelists will...

Festival Saturday Schedule Is Live

The wait is over! We have posted the Festival Saturday schedule. We have added links to the schedule so that you can click on the authors names to go to their pages and learn about their books. Please note we have added a new location this year. The Cultural Arts...

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Today we are highlighting a Festival Saturday author local to Savannah, whose debut coming-of-age YA novel takes place in Savannah. This Keith F. Miller, Jr., and his debut novel, Pritty. 🌸

On the verge of summer before his senior year, Jay is a soft soul in a world of concrete. While his older brother is everything people expect a man to be—tough, athletic, and in charge—Jay simply blends into the background to everyone, except when it comes to Leroy.

Unsure of what he could have possibly done to catch the eye of the boy who could easily have anyone he wants, Jay isn’t about to ignore the surprising but welcome attention. But as everything in his world begins to heat up, especially with Leroy, whispered rumors over the murder of a young Black journalist and long-brewing territory tensions hang like a dark cloud over his neighborhood...

Keith F. Miller, Jr. is an award-winning educator, artist, and researcher who studies healing literacies and their role in supporting BIPOC communities in healing, growing, and thriving through trauma. The founder of Healing By Any Means, LLC, Keith’s work powers people, projects, and healing-centered research in service of systems and narrative change through the arts. He is an executive producer of Pritty: The Animation and current M.F.A candidate in creative writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. He will be speaking at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 3:40 PM on Saturday, February 17. For more information on 2024 Festival Saturday, visit savannahbookfestival.org. 📚

#KeithFMiller #SavannahBookFestival #SBF2024 #Authors #Books #Bookstagram #BookTok #SavannahGA #Pritty #YAFiction #LocalAuthor #Novel #Fiction #Pride #SavannahPride #LGBTQ
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Today we are highlighting a Festival Saturday author local to Savannah, whose debut coming-of-age YA novel takes place in Savannah. This Keith F. Miller, Jr., and his debut novel, Pritty. 🌸

On the verge of summer before his senior year, Jay is a soft soul in a world of concrete. While his older brother is everything people expect a man to be—tough, athletic, and in charge—Jay simply blends into the background to everyone, except when it comes to Leroy.

Unsure of what he could have possibly done to catch the eye of the boy who could easily have anyone he wants, Jay isn’t about to ignore the surprising but welcome attention. But as everything in his world begins to heat up, especially with Leroy, whispered rumors over the murder of a young Black journalist and long-brewing territory tensions hang like a dark cloud over his neighborhood...

Keith F. Miller, Jr. is an award-winning educator, artist, and researcher who studies healing literacies and their role in supporting BIPOC communities in healing, growing, and thriving through trauma. The founder of Healing By Any Means, LLC, Keith’s work powers people, projects, and healing-centered research in service of systems and narrative change through the arts. He is an executive producer of Pritty: The Animation and current M.F.A candidate in creative writing at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY. He will be speaking at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 3:40 PM on Saturday, February 17. For more information on 2024 Festival Saturday, visit savannahbookfestival.org. 📚

#KeithFMiller #SavannahBookFestival #SBF2024 #Authors #Books #Bookstagram #BookTok #SavannahGA #Pritty #YAFiction #LocalAuthor #Novel #Fiction #Pride #SavannahPride #LGBTQ
3 weeks ago
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Today’s Festival Saturday author of the day is a historical fiction favorite, Jayne Anne Phillips, with her novel, Night Watch... 🕯

In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee, the adult in her family for as long as she can remember, finds herself on a buckboard journey with her mother, Eliza, who hasn’t spoken in more than a year. They arrive at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, delivered to the hospital’s entrance by a war veteran who has forced himself into their world. There, far from family, a beloved neighbor, and the mountain home they knew, they try to reclaim their lives.

The omnipresent vagaries of war and race rise to the surface as we learn their story: their flight to the highest mountain ridges of western Virginia; the disappearance of ConaLee’s father, who left for the War and never returned. Meanwhile, in the asylum, they begin to find a new path. ConaLee pretends to be her mother’s maid; Eliza responds slowly to treatment. They get swept up in the life of the facility—the mysterious man they call the Night Watch; the orphan child called Weed; the fearsome woman who runs the kitchen; the remarkable doctor at the head of the institution.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell. A National Book Award finalist, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston. If you would like to hear her speak and ask her questions about her writing, she will be speaking at the Jepson Center’s Neises Auditorium at 3:40 PM on Saturday, February 17. For more information on 2024 Festival Saturday, visit www.savannahbookfestival.org. 📚

#JayneAnnePhillips #SavannahBookFestival #SBF2024 #Authors #Books #Bookstagram #BookTok #SavannahGA #NightWatch #HistoricalFiction #Bestseller #Novel #Fiction
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Today’s Festival Saturday author of the day is a historical fiction favorite, Jayne Anne Phillips, with her novel, Night Watch... 🕯

In 1874, in the wake of the War, erasure, trauma, and namelessness haunt civilians and veterans, renegades and wanderers, freedmen and runaways. Twelve-year-old ConaLee, the adult in her family for as long as she can remember, finds herself on a buckboard journey with her mother, Eliza, who hasn’t spoken in more than a year. They arrive at the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia, delivered to the hospital’s entrance by a war veteran who has forced himself into their world. There, far from family, a beloved neighbor, and the mountain home they knew, they try to reclaim their lives.

The omnipresent vagaries of war and race rise to the surface as we learn their story: their flight to the highest mountain ridges of western Virginia; the disappearance of ConaLee’s father, who left for the War and never returned. Meanwhile, in the asylum, they begin to find a new path. ConaLee pretends to be her mother’s maid; Eliza responds slowly to treatment. They get swept up in the life of the facility—the mysterious man they call the Night Watch; the orphan child called Weed; the fearsome woman who runs the kitchen; the remarkable doctor at the head of the institution.

Jayne Anne Phillips is the author of Black Tickets, Machine Dreams, Fast Lanes, Shelter, MotherKind, Lark and Termite, and Quiet Dell. A National Book Award finalist, and twice a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, she lives in New York and Boston. If you would like to hear her speak and ask her questions about her writing, she will be speaking at the Jepson Center’s Neises Auditorium at 3:40 PM on Saturday, February 17. For more information on 2024 Festival Saturday, visit www.savannahbookfestival.org. 📚

#JayneAnnePhillips #SavannahBookFestival #SBF2024 #Authors #Books #Bookstagram #BookTok #SavannahGA #NightWatch #HistoricalFiction #Bestseller #Novel #Fiction

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 Philip E. and Nancy B. Beekman Foundation

David & Nancy Cintron

Robert Faircloth

Betsy Lancaster

Gerald D. & Helen M. Stephens Foundation

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