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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 a few 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 line-up for the 2020 Festival is complete.  We are bringing you a diverse set of authors in February from award winning writers to first time novelist.  With genres including Literary, Family Life, African American, Contemporary Women, Humor, Dystopian, Political Thrillers, Suspense Thrillers, Crime, Legal, Latino, Sea Stories and of course Personal Memoirs, SBF believes their 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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