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“Festival Saturday” through February 28th



In lieu of our traditional Free Festival Saturday, Savannah Book Festival is offering everyone free access to the recordings of the 2020 ticketed events from the 2021 virtual season that began in October.  You can also check out some of our prominent headlining authors from previous festivals, all free.

Visit the SBF events page:  http://savannahbookfestival.org/events

Here you will find a listing of authors and a link to the recording of their 2020 events.  Enjoy our conversation with Brad Thor, Sandra Brown, Dave Barry and more, free through February 28th.


February Events: 


Wright Thompson 


February 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm

Registration fee is $15, sponsors and LITERATI members please check you email for your free/discounted registration codes. 

Register here:  Wright Thompson  


Pappyland:  A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last is the storyof how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family’s heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply.


Wright Thompson is a senior writer for ESPN. He lives in Oxford, Mississippi with his family.


A limited number of signed books are available at our partner booksellers E. Shaver Bookseller and Ex Libris.


Look for the following author dates to be announced soon.  

  • Kyle Mills
  • S.C. Gwynne
  • William Kent Krueger
  • Jack Carr


Behind the Scenes with Savannah Book Festival

A behind the scenes peek at the production room for our recent Savannah Book Festival (SBF) virtual event with Dave Barry, hosted by Harrison Scott Key.  While we are disappointed that current circumstances will not allow us to come together face-to-face for the 2021 SBF, we are enjoying the opportunity to bring you award winning authors virtually.  Keeping our mission alive, one author at a time.


FAQ Regarding Virtual Events

The Tips & FAQ page of our website will answer many of the questions you have regarding our virtual events for the 2021 Festival.  Click here for more information:  FAQ


In Case You Missed It……

In case you missed any of our virtual author events, you are able to access recordings of the events at any time.  To do so, click on the registration links below, register and you will have immediate access to the recording.  For those who had previously registered, click on the “View Event” button in your confirmation email and you will be able to access the recording at any time.

Larry Loftis The Princess Spy  

Registration Link:   Larry Loftis

Brit Bennett The Vanishing Half 

Registration Link:   Brit Bennett


Jane Smiley Perestroika in Paris 

Registration Link:  Jane Smiley


Michael Connelly  The Age of Innocence


Registration Link:  Michael Connelly


John Connolly and James Lee Burke in Conversation

Registration Link:  John Connolly and James Lee Burke


Registration Link:  Dave Barry


Registration Link:  Brad Thor


Registration Link:  Sandra Brown


SBF and Brad Thor Knock it out of the Park

The inaugural event for the 2021 Virtual Savannah Book Festival was a rousing success.  SBF was extremely fortunate to launch the series with renowned author Brad Thor in conversation with SCAD Writing Professor and SBF Board Member Jonathan Rabb.  It was a dynamic hour learning the ins and outs of the #1 NY Times Bestseller’s writing style, his relationship with his protagonist, and why most of his female characters meet an untimely death.

For those who were unable to join us last night, you are able to view the recording of the event by registering for the event and viewing the recording at your convenience. Those who did join us last night are also able to access the recording as well.  Registration Link:  https://www.crowdcast.io/e/iz54mhmk/register 


Savannah Book Festival enters the world of “virtual” to deliver world class offerings. 

In the midst of these very challenging times, the SBF Board of Directors and management have examined a variety of options for the 2021 Festival.  SBF’s discussions with publisher’s have shown a preponderance of authors unable to commit to in-person appearances at this time, even as far out as February 2021.  Due to these hurdles, SBF has been forced into the difficult decision of cancelling the February 2021 “in-person” Festival.


SBF has turned its efforts to bringing many of the wonderful aspects of our annual event to you in new and different forms.  SBF plans to present a series of virtual author programs later this year and continuing through 2021, live-streaming interactive appearances directly to our Festival audience.   These online events will feature the same up close and personal author presentations and conversations that have made the SBF so unique among book festivals.


Stay tuned for additional announcements regarding dates and author line-up.




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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Don't miss out on replays of our fall 2020 virtual author events for free and get a taste of our 2021 virtual season - through Sunday, 2/28!

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Dont miss out on replays of our fall 2020 virtual author events for free and get a taste of our 2021 virtual season - through Sunday, 2/28! 

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