SBF is Going Virtual for the 2021 Season

Upcoming Events are listed below.


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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


January Events: 

Jane Smiley 

January 21, 2021 at 7:30pm Eastern Time

Registration Link:  REGISTRATION

Perestroika in Paris From the Pulitzer Prize-winning and best-selling author, Jane Smiley, a captivating, brilliantly imaginative story of three extraordinary animals—and a young boy—whose lives intersect in Paris

Jane Smiley is the author of numerous novels, including A Thousand Acres, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize, and most recently, The Last Hundred Years Trilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age. She is also the author of several works of nonfiction and books for young adults. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she has also received the PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. She lives in Northern California.

Up Next: 

Brit Bennett 

February 3, 2021 at 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Registration Link:  Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett is the author of the New York Times–bestselling novel The Mothers; a finalist for the NBCC John Leonard Prize for the best first book, the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award; and a National Book Foundation 5 under 35 honoree. Her work has been featured in The New YorkerThe New York Times MagazineThe Paris Review, and Jezebel.

A limited number of signed copies of Brit’s book are available at our partner booksellers Ex Libris and E. Shaver Bookseller.  


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.

Michael Connelly Registration Link

  James Lee Burke and John Connolly in Conversation  Registration Link:

  Dave Barry Registration Link 

   Brad Thor Registration Link:  

Sandra Brown Registration Link:


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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 publishers 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.

SBF will be hosting 1 – 2 authors, virtually, beginning in October 2020 and continuing through 2021. Current LITERATI members and 2021 sponsors will receive details about October event registration by October 9th.






Interested in previous headliners?

Watch videos of past year’s talks by clicking on the authors below:

2020 Savannah Book Festival

Joseph Kanon
John Grisham
John Becker and Megan Scott


2019 Savannah Book Festival

Daniel Krauthammer
George and Paula Saunders
Sara Vincent and Lynn Vladic
Chris Stirewalt

2018 Savannah Book Festival

Diana Gabaldon
Lisa Ko
Jodi Picoult

2017 Savannah Book Festival

James Patterson
Colson Whitehead
Christina Baker Kline