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Update on Jeanine Cummins Appearance 

Due to the publisher’s cancellation of Jeanine Cummins’ book tour, the Savannah Book Festival will be showing a video of Jeanine’s appearance at a book store recorded in late January.  The video will be shown during the time Jeanine was scheduled to appear, 11:30am at The Savannah Theatre.  


2020 Savannah Book Festival is Here

Our opening headliner, Joseph Kanon will speak at the Trustees Theatre tonight at 6:30pm.  A few tickets remain, tickets can be purchased online or through the Savannah Box Office.  A link to purchase tickets:  SBF Tickets


Festival Saturday

The Savannah International Airport is busy as 43 authors fly in for their presentations on Saturday.  A complete schedule can be found here:  Featival Saturday.  

A few notes for attendees to help your day go smoothly:

  • Early morning session attendees – traffic and parking will be a challenge as a half-marathon kicks off at 7:30am.  Please allow plenty of extra time for travel and parking.  
  • Remember SBF has a policy of not letting additional guests in once the doors have closed.  
  • Many sessions will fill to capacity, plan your day ahead and get in line early.  
  • This year we have added additional time between sessions to assist with transitions.  
  • Authors will return to Telfair Square immediately following their presentation for book-signings.  Books are available for purchase in Telfair Square.
    • The SBF Book Tent will open Friday at noon for book sales.  Purchases on Friday are 10% off.  For LITERATI and Sponsors that is in addition to your 10% for a 20% off total.  
  • We are fortunate to have 3 beautiful historic churches host Festival Saturday.  The historic plumbing is a challenge for the high traffic on Saturday, please be advised rest rooms inside these facilities are closed on Saturday.  Royal Restrooms are located at each square outside the church venues.  

Jeannine Cummins – Since Jeannine’s tour was cancelled by her publisher will be showing a video of Jeannine’s appearance the day after her book launched.  For those interested, it can be viewed at her previously scheduled time of 11:30 am at the Savannah Theatre.  


The new 2020 SBF app is finally here!

The new 2020 SBF app is finally here and ready to download.  Thank you for your patience as we went through developer changes.


You will need to download a new app – the app from 2019 will not be updated with 2020 information.  Simply go to the App Store or Google Play, search for “Savannah Book Festival 2020” and download to your mobile device! 

Download it today to plan your Festival Saturday strategy: view author schedules, venue information, maps, food trucks on site and more!

1. View the full Festival schedule as well as who is appearing in each venue.
2. Access the Festival map and use GPS to guide you around the Festival.
3. Get book information and bios for each author.
4. Preview a list of food trucks available around Telfair Square.
5. Learn helpful tips to enjoy Festival Saturday, such as book signing guidelines and other Festival logistics.  

posted Feb 9





Savannah Book Festival has been notified by the publisher of the controversial #1 best-selling book American Dirt that author Jeanine Cummins will not be appearing at the 13th Annual Savannah Book Festival.


SBF was very disappointed to learn about the cancellation of the tour, and while we understand the rationale behind the publisher’s decision, we continue to have discussions in an attempt to get the author to make an exception in the case of the book festival. If we are unsuccessful in our efforts, we are looking into ways to present a 60-minute video of an earlier appearance made by the author at an independent bookstore event.


We think the book is an outstanding work of fiction and we continue to stand behind our decision to have the author represented at the 2020 Savannah Book Festival. At this point we are hopeful that one way or another we will have something for the book festival audience.


Schedule and program updates will be posted on the SBF website.

posted Feb 4, 2020



New SBF App coming this week! 

Due to developer changes, there will be a new app for 2020.  Please note, the current SBF app from 2019 will not be updated with 2020 information.  You will need to download a new SBF app for 2020.


The new SBF app is expected to be available for download in the next few days. Please check back here for announcements on when it is available for download, or make sure to sign up for our newsletter to receive updated app and Festival information. 


We apologize for the delay – we are just as anxious as you are to download the new app and plan our day for Festival Saturday!

posted Feb 3, 2020



2020 Festival Saturday Schedule Posted

The Savannah Book Festival is pleased to release the schedule for Festival Saturday.  Once again SBF is bringing 45 award-winning and first-time authors to 7 beautiful venues in historic downtown Savannah.  FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC the authors will share insights about their latest release and the writing life.  Festival Saturday takes place on February 15, 2020.  Start to plan your day as many of our venues will fill to capacity quickly based on this vastly interesting line-up.

A couple of planning notes for 2020 Festival Saturday, February 15th:

  • 9:00 am sessions:  Due to a Half Marathon starting at 7:30 am on Festival Saturday, traffic and parking will be an issue, PLEASE plan to arrive early. SBF loves our city and so do the runners, downtown will be bustling on this day.
  • Planning is the key.  This outstanding event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, we are grateful to have thousands attend our Festival each year.  The size of our venues varies and frequently venues are filled to capacity.  Arrive early to guarantee seating.
  • No admittance after the doors have closed.  Once our outstanding volunteers have closed the door to the venue to start the session, no additional admittance will be allowed. This practice is at the request of the presenters and due to the unique venues we use for the Festival.  Please respect our guidelines so all can have an enjoyable day.

To view this years schedule please click here:  2020 Festival Saturday schedule.


SOLD OUT Keynote Address with John Grisham

Please note tickets for the Keynote Address with John Grisham have sold out. At this time there are still tickets remaining for the Opening Address with Joseph Kanon and the Closing Address with John Becker and Megan Scott.


Tickets for the 2020 Festival Headliner Addresses 

Tickets for the 2020 Festival Headliners, Joseph Kanon, John Grisham, and John Becker & Megan Scott, go on sale to the public on Monday, January 13, 2020 at 10:00am through the Savannah Box Office.

Opening Address

Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:30 pm

Trustees Theater

Joseph Kanon speaks about his latest book The Accomplice. 

Tickets are $25

Keynote Address (SOLD OUT)

Friday, February 14, 2020 6:00 pm

Trustees Theater

John Grisham speaks about his latest book The Guardians. 

Tickets are $30

Closing Address

Sunday, February 16, 2020 2:00 pm at Trustees Theater

John Becker & Megan Scott speak about the 2019 edition of Joy of Cooking. 

Tickets are $25

Tickets can be purchased at 10:00 am on Monday, January 13th:

  • Online using the “Tickets” button at the top of this page, or through the Savannah Box Office website.
  • Via phone by calling the Savannah Box Office at 912-525-5050.
  • In person at the Savannah Box Office located at 216 E. Broughton Street

Ticket Prices

    • Opening Address with Joseph Kanon:   $25
    • Headliner Address with John Grisham:  $30
    • Closing Address with John Becker & Megan Scott:  $25

2020 Savannah Book Festival Line-Up Complete

SBF is thrilled to announce our lineup for the 2020 Festival is complete.  We are bringing you a diverse set of authors in February from award-winning writers to first time novelists.  With genres including literary, family life, African American, contemporary women, humor, dystopian, political thriller, suspense thriller, crime, legal, Latino, sea stories and, of course, personal memoirs, SBF believes there will be something for everyone at this year’s Festival.  To learn more about the authors and the books they are presenting, please click here: Meet the Author.  





John Becker & Megan Scott to Deliver Closing Address


John Becker & Megan Scott will deliver the Closing Address of the 2020 Savannah Book Festival on Sunday, February 16, 2020.


Becker is the great-grandson of the original Joy of Cooking author, Irma Rombauer.  After earning an English degree, he helped publish seventeen collections of literary essays before dedicating himself to the family business and updating Joy for a new generation. Scott started working for the Joy of Cooking in 2010 when she and John Becker met. In addition to her work for Joy, she is the culinary director for a marketing agency that specializes in food.




Joseph Kanon to Deliver Opening Address


Joseph Kanon will deliver the Opening Address of the 2020 Savannah Book Festival on Thursday, February 13, 2020.


Kanon is the internationally bestselling author of nine novels, which have been published in twenty-four languages.  He is the recipient of the Edgar Award for best first novel, the Hammett Award of the International Association of Crime Writers and The Anne Frank Human Writers Award. His latest book, The Accomplice was released on November 5th.




 John Grisham to Deliver Keynote Address (SOLD OUT)


John Grisham will present the Keynote Address on Friday, February 14, 2020 following the release of his latest novel, The Guardians.


Grisham is the author of 33 novels, one work of nonfiction, a collection of stories, and six novels for young readers. There are currently over 300 million John Grisham books in print worldwide, which have been translated into 40 languages.





Every year, the Savannah Book Festival benefits from the hard work and passion of our wonderful volunteers, and we need your help again this year. At the Festival, over 200 volunteers serve as ushers, office workers, and logistic facilitators while welcoming close to 10,000 visitors from all over the US. Volunteers receive benefits such as Festival Saturday food vouchers, and the opportunity to attend author lectures. Help keep Festival Saturday flowing smoothly, and sign up to volunteer today! To learn more about the opportunities available visit the Volunteer page of our website.

If you are ready to volunteer, please visit the SBF website and fill out our ONLINE FORM, or email your inquiry to volunteer@savannahbookfestival.org.


Book-It Tuesdays Have Arrived: 2020 Author Announcements are Underway

Today we announce 5 additional authors for Festival Saturday.  See who will be joining André Aciman, Jami Attenberg, Robert Bilott, Adrienne Brodeur and Gabriel Bump by visiting the Meet the Author page to learn about the 5 exciting authors announced today and every Tuesday until all of the authors have been announced!



SBF is pleased to announce a value added benefit for all LITERATI Members and Sponsors.  Supporters of the Festival will now receive 10% off book purchases YEAR ROUND at E. Shaver, bookseller, and Ex Libris.  Look for additional details following your donation to the Festival.  When you purchase your books with that 10% discount year round, please make sure you thank these generous companies for all they do to support the Savannah Book Festival.









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The Joy of Cooking has been for reference for 59 years! The whole festival was fabulous as usual. The highlight of the year for me.

Great historical perspective on Joy and hope for many future editions. Thank you!!!!

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Festival Saturday is officially over. Thank you to all of the incredible authors who spoke, and to the amazing book lovers who came out today to see them! Festival Saturday truly wouldn’t be possible without your continued support and donations. Hope you had fun, and see you in 2021!
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