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News & Updates:

SBF has announced their COVID Safety Protocols for the February 17-20 Festival.  Click here:  Protocols

 

Virtual Author Announcement

The following authors will present virtually to a live audience in the Jepson-Neises Auditorium on Festival Saturday.  

 

 

NEW TICKET SALES DATE:  JANUARY 27, 2022

In light of changes in community COVID transmission, the date for the Headliner ticket sales for the general public have been moved to January 27, 2022.

 

Tickets for 2022 SBF Headlining Authors go on sale:  Thursday, January 27, 2022

 

 

 

  • Silver LITERATI members can purchase tickets during the week of pre-sale, beginning Thursday, January 20 – 26, 2022
  • Gold LITERATI members and Sponsors will have tickets mailed to them in late January.

General Admission Tickets may be purchased from the Savannah Box Office beginning Thursday, January 27, 2022

  • Online
    • “Tickets” button on SBF home page, beginning Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 10:00am
    • www.savannahboxoffice.com
    • Please note:  all online orders will be immediately confirmed via e-mail.  If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail with your order number, please call 912-525-5050 for assistance.
  • In Person
    • Savannah Box Office 216 E. Broughton Street, Savannah, GA 31401
    • Located just outside the Trustees Theater
    • Monday through Friday
      10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
  • By Phone
    • Speak with a Savannah Box Office ticket agent to assist with your purchase Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm EST
    • 912-525-5050
  • Ticket Prices
    • Opening Address with David Baldacci:  $30
    • Keynote Address with William Kent Kreuger:  $30
    • Closing Address with Friends and Fiction:  $25

 

 The 2022 SBF Author lineup is complete!

Visit the Meet the Authors page for the full lineup and additional information on presenting authors.

 

 

SBF is pleased to announce the 2022

Closing Headliner 

Friends and Fiction

Sunday, February 20, 2022

Tickets:  $25

 

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

Tickets:  $30

 

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

Tickets:  $30

 

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 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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Don’t forget to set your alarms! ⏰ Tickets for SBF 2022 Headliners go on sale at the Savannah Box Office TOMORROW at 10 a.m. EST.

More information on ticket details can be found on our website.Tickets for the 2022 Savannah Book Festival's Headlining Author Events go on sale Thursday, January 27!

Join our headliners David Baldacci, William Kent Krueger and Friends and Fiction Presidents' Day weekend, February 17 - 20.

For more information regarding ticket sales and Festival weekend, visit our website: www.savannahbookfestival.org

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More information on ticket details can be found on our website.

Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction.

'The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcom X' is introduced by Payne’s daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who heroically completed the biography after her father's death. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism.

'The Dead Are Arising' is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle. Among its many awards and accolades, it won the 2021 Pulitzer prize in Biography and the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Tamara Payne will be presenting at the 2022 SBF on February 19!

For more information, visit the Meet The Authors page on our website: www.savannahbookfestival.org.

#SBF2022 #TheDeadAreArising #TamaraPayne #LesPayne
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Les Payne, the renowned Pulitzer Prize–winning investigative journalist, embarked in 1990 on a nearly thirty-year-long quest to interview anyone he could find who had actually known Malcolm X. His goal was ambitious: to transform what would become over a hundred hours of interviews into an unprecedented portrait of Malcolm X, one that would separate fact from fiction.

The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcom X is introduced by Payne’s daughter and primary researcher, Tamara Payne, who heroically completed the biography after her fathers death. The result is this historic biography that conjures a never-before-seen world of its protagonist, a work whose title is inspired by a phrase Malcolm X used when he saw his Hartford followers stir with purpose, as if the dead were truly arising, to overcome the obstacles of racism. 

The Dead Are Arising is a penetrating and riveting work that affirms the centrality of Malcolm X to the African American freedom struggle. Among its many awards and accolades, it won the 2021 Pulitzer prize in Biography and the 2020 National Book Award for Nonfiction.

Tamara Payne will be presenting at the 2022 SBF on February 19!

For more information, visit the Meet The Authors page on our website: www.savannahbookfestival.org.

#SBF2022 #TheDeadAreArising #TamaraPayne #LesPayne
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Savannah Morning News podcast The Commute interviews Executive Director, Erika Dongre.  Listen to the interview here:  The Commute

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