News & Updates:

Announcing the next 6 authors appearing, in person, at the 2022 Savannah Book Festival:

 

 

 

Previously announced authors include:  


Go to the “Meet the Authors” page to learn more about the authors and their books.

SBF is pleased to announce the 2022

Closing Headliner 

Friends and Fiction

Sunday, February 20, 2022

 

Friends & Fiction are a group of New York Times bestselling novelists who discuss the books they’ve written, the books they’re reading now and the art of storytelling on various online platforms. With over 70 published books between them, Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey and Patti Callahan Henry are on a mission to support independent bookstores while seeking new and innovative ways to introduce dynamic voices and trends in publishing.  To learn more please visit our Meet the Author page.

The Savannah Book Festival is honored to announce the following Headliners for the 2022 Festival, which will be held: 

 

Presidents Day weekend

February 17 – 20

Plans continue for an in-person Festival 

 

Opening Headliner 

David Baldacci

Thursday, February 17, 2022

 

 

David Baldacci published his first novel, Absolute Power, in 1996. In total, David has published 43 novels for adults; all have been national and international bestsellers. His novels are published in over 45 languages and in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide. David has also published seven novels for young readers.

 

 

Keynote Headliner 

William Kent Krueger

Friday, February 18, 2022

 

William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling author of This Tender LandOrdinary Grace (winner of the Edgar Award for best novel), as well as eighteen acclaimed books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs.

 

Festival Saturday author announcements will begin in November.

 

Calling All Volunteers!!

 

Did you know it takes 200 volunteers to support the Savannah Book Festival? 

Annually, during Presidents’ Day weekend in February, 8,000 to 10,000 individuals gather across historic downtown Savannah to listen, learn and engage with world-renowned authors from across the country.  The only way this happens is through the time and efforts of Savannah’s most incredible team of volunteers.  During festival weekend, approximately 200 individuals will volunteer their time, their southern hospitality and charm to assist authors, patrons and attendees throughout the 4-day festival.  Registration is now open for volunteers for the 15th annual Savannah Book Festival, scheduled February 17 – 20, 2022.  Plans for this in-person event will include Covid safety guidelines, following the recommendations of the City of Savannah and the CDC.  To learn more about the different options for volunteering, go to our Volunteer page found here:  Volunteer .  The Savannah Book Festival’s volunteers are an incredible group of individuals who work tirelessly to bring our community one of the best book festivals in the country, consider joining their ranks and experience the SBF from the “inside”.

Planning has begun for an in-person 2022 Festival!

SBF pivoted to all virtual events following the cancellation of the February 2021 festival due to the global pandemic.  During the past year, SBF has hosted authors in live conversation with moderators discussing the author’s latest release, including Dave Barry, Brad Thor, Sandra Brown, Michael Connelly, Ruth Ware, Brit Bennett, Jack Carr, Jane Smiley and others.  SBF was fortunate to have significant support from our sponsors, keeping the Savannah book loving community connected to a variety of authors during the challenging times of the past year.  These virtual events have been so well-received that SBF plans to continue offering some virtual events in addition to the February 2022 in-person festival.

The world we live in has dramatically changed since the 2020 festival.  Therefore, additional steps will be added to our planning process, including incorporating the safety guidelines established by the CDC and our state and local governments.  Nonetheless, we are optimistic that the festival experience will be everything you have come to expect.

We are delighted to begin planning for an in-person 2022 festival and look forward to safely bringing our community together in February to celebrate the written word and the art of civil conversation, face-to-face.

The Savannah Morning News covered the announcement in today’s paper, a link to the article:  Savannah Morning News

SBF Announces New Additions to the Board of Directors

Welcome to the newest members of the SBF Board of Directors who will help shape the 2022 Festival:  

  • Jeffrey Capshew, former VP of Sales at Macmillan Publishing
  • Ariel Felton, Teaching Artist and Publications Manager at Deep Center
  • Dr. Kristin Ott, Emergency Medicine Physician with Georgia Emergency Associates
  • Bruce Pendleton, former distributor for Swagelok in Kansas City
  • Brook Phillips, Small Business and Events Manager with Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce

A Message from international best-selling author Ann Patchett:

“Buy your books from your local independent bookseller, Jeff Bezos has enough money…..”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

SBF Virtual Events

The 2021 Savannah Book Festival was held virtually to address the need for safety and precaution during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we are very excited to be presenting an in-person event in 2022, the precedent set by last year’s Festival inspired a series of virtual author programs all throughout 2021, where interactive appearances were live-streamed directly to our Festival audience. These online events featured the same up-close and personal author presentations and conversations that have made the SBF so unique among book festivals. In case you missed any of these virtual events, you can find the recordings right here on our website. Much like how Festival Saturday’s are free to the public, the recordings of the 2021 virtual event series are free for your viewing. Scroll through to see the authors we’ve hosted virtually!

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Happy Book-It Tuesday! 📚

The next 6 authors we’re announcing for our Festival Saturday lineup are:

1. Patricia Lockwood — ‘No One is Talking About This'
2. T.J. Newman — ‘Falling’
3. Tamara Payne — ‘The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcom X’
4. Neel Patel — ‘Tell Me How to Be’
5. Benjamin Percy — ‘Ninth Metal’
6. Qian Julie Wang, Esq. — ‘Beautiful Country'

We know we’re looking forward to seeing these talented authors at the 2022 SBF– what about you?

Stay tuned for our next Book-It Tuesday announcement on 12/7!

#SBF2022 #BookItTuesday #PatriciaLockwood #TJNewman #TamaraPayne #NeelPatel #BenjaminPercy #QianJulieWang #PenguinRandomHouse #PRH #SimonandSchuster #Flatiron #WWNorton #Liveright #Harpercollins #Doubleday
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Happy Book-It Tuesday! 📚

The next 6 authors we’re announcing for our Festival Saturday lineup are:

1. Patricia Lockwood — ‘No One is Talking About This
2. T.J. Newman  — ‘Falling’
3. Tamara Payne — ‘The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcom X’
4. Neel Patel — ‘Tell Me How to Be’
5. Benjamin Percy — ‘Ninth Metal’
6. Qian Julie Wang, Esq. —   ‘Beautiful Country

We know we’re looking forward to seeing these talented authors at the 2022 SBF– what about you? 

Stay tuned for our next Book-It Tuesday announcement on 12/7!

#SBF2022 #BookItTuesday #PatriciaLockwood #TJNewman #TamaraPayne #NeelPatel #BenjaminPercy #QianJulieWang #PenguinRandomHouse #PRH #SimonandSchuster #Flatiron #WWNorton #Liveright #Harpercollins #Doubleday

We at the Savannah Book Festival have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as the #SBF2022 draws closer and preparations continue for an in-person festival!

Every year, we are most thankful for the amazing group of volunteers that help us provide a unique and memorable Festival for the thousands of individuals who gather in Savannah Presidents' day weekend to listen, learn and engage with world-renowned authors from across the country.

If you're interested in volunteering at this year's SBF, click here for more information and to register: www.savannahbookfestival.org/support/volunteer/

The Savannah Book Festival wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!
#savannahbookfestival #volunteer #savannah
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We at the Savannah Book Festival have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, as the #SBF2022 draws closer and preparations continue for an in-person festival! 

Every year, we are most thankful for the amazing group of volunteers that help us provide a unique and memorable Festival for the thousands of individuals who gather in Savannah Presidents day weekend to listen, learn and engage with world-renowned authors from across the country. 

If youre interested in volunteering at this years SBF, click here for more information and to register: https://www.savannahbookfestival.org/support/volunteer/

The Savannah Book Festival wishes everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!
 #savannahbookfestival #volunteer #savannah

Happy Book-It Tuesday! 📚

The next 6 authors we’re announcing for our Festival Saturday lineup are:

1. Kristin Harmel — ‘The Forest of Vanishing Stars'
2. Miranda Cowley Heller — ‘The Paper Palace’
3. Emiko Jean — ‘Tokyo Ever After’
4. Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen — ‘Patient Zero: A Curious History of the World's Worst Diseases’
5. Will Leitch — ‘How Lucky’
6. Carol Leonnig — ‘Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service’

We know we’re looking forward to seeing these talented authors at the 2022 SBF– what about you?

Stay tuned for our next Book-It Tuesday announcement on 11/30!

#bookittuesday #sbf #sbf2022 #savannahbookfestival #savannah #savannahgeorgia
#KristinHarmel #TheForestofVanishingStars #MirandaCowleyHeller #ThePaperPalace #EmikoJEan #TokyoEverAfter #LydiaKangMD #NatePedersen #PatientZero #WillLeitch #HowLucky #CarolLeonnig #ZeroFail #SimonandSchuster #FlatIronBooks #Workman #PenguinRandomHouse #PRH #HarperCollins
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Happy Book-It Tuesday! 📚

The next 6 authors we’re announcing for our Festival Saturday lineup are:

1. Kristin Harmel — ‘The Forest of Vanishing Stars
2. Miranda Cowley Heller  — ‘The Paper Palace’
3. Emiko Jean — ‘Tokyo Ever After’
4. Lydia Kang, MD and Nate Pedersen — ‘Patient Zero: A Curious History of the Worlds Worst Diseases’
5. Will Leitch — ‘How Lucky’
6. Carol Leonnig —   ‘Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service’

We know we’re looking forward to seeing these talented authors at the 2022 SBF– what about you? 

Stay tuned for our next Book-It Tuesday announcement on 11/30!

#bookittuesday #sbf #sbf2022 #savannahbookfestival #savannah #savannahgeorgia 
#KristinHarmel #TheForestofVanishingStars #MirandaCowleyHeller #ThePaperPalace #EmikoJEan #TokyoEverAfter #LydiaKangMD #NatePedersen #PatientZero #WillLeitch #HowLucky #CarolLeonnig #ZeroFail #SimonandSchuster #FlatIronBooks #Workman #PenguinRandomHouse #PRH #HarperCollins

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Amy Wall King #2 and 3 were Reese Witherspoon Book Club books. I liked both. Almost done with How Lucky now.

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Savannah Morning News podcast The Commute interviews Executive Director, Erika Dongre.  Listen to the interview here:  The Commute

We appreciate the support of our Presenting Sponsors:

Bob Faircloth

David and Nancy Cintron

Philip E. and Nancy B. Beekman Foundation

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