Tips & FAQ

Virtual Events: What Does This Mean

The 2021 Savannah Book Festival  (SBF) has gone virtual, meaning there will not be a face-to-face 45+ author event in February as is our tradition.  In order to keep our authors and attendees safe, SBF will be providing the same concept (an author presenting to an audience, followed by a Q & A period) live, online one to two times a month, beginning in October 2020.  These events will continue through the spring of 2021.  Events will be announced as they are confirmed, on the website and through our SBF newsletter.  Attendees will register online via links provided for the specific event ($15 per event).  Once registered, the attendee will receive a confirmation email from Crowdcast with a link to log into the event at the date and time specified.  Following the authors live presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q & A.

Virtual Events: How Do I Know What & When

Virtual Events will be announced in a myriad of ways.

  1. Sponsors and LITERATI Members will receive email notification prior to any public announcement of all author presentations.  Those emails will include author background, event date, registration link and codes for sponsor/member registration benefits.
  2. Website – The home page, events page and meet the author page will all contain information on the upcoming authors and dates.
  3. Newsletter – Our monthly newsletters will contain all author announcements.  See below (bottom of page) to be added to our newsletter.
  4. Social Media – Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.  Use the icons at the top of the page to get linked in.
Virtual Events: How Do I Register?

A registration link, specific to that author event, will be posted on the website in the key areas: 

  • The home page where the initial announcement is posted
  • On the event page
  • On the meet the authors page. 

The registration link will also be included in any electronic communication through the newsletter as well as sponsor and LITERATI communication.  

On the registration link landing page

  • Sponsors and LITERATI members will click on “Use Code”, and enter the code provided for free or discounted registration.
  • Click on the teal colored box “Save my spot!”. 
  • Enter your email address. 
  • Enter credit or debit card information for the registration fee. 

Once registration is complete, you will receive an email from Savannah Book Festival via Crowdcast or Crowdcast acknowledging your registration.  This email will include a link to confirm your registration email (if this is your first registration) or a link directly to the event, in addition to a link to download a reminder to your calendar.

Virtual Events: Is Any Special Technology or Software Needed?

No special technology or software is required.  All you need to participate is a computer with access to the internet using a compatible browser (recommended:  Chrome, Firefox or Safari).    You can review the Crowdcast overview at the following link:  Attendee Quick Reference Guide

Registration confirmation emails will contain links to the specific event for which you have registered.  Those confirmations will come from Crowdcast.  Reminder emails, along with links to the event, will be sent leading up to the event, including 10 minutes prior to the event.  Check you junk folder if they are not found in your inbox.  

Virtual Events: How Do I Connect to the Event?

You will receive a registration confirmation via email from Crowdcast (Savannah Book Festival via Crowdcast).  

The email will ask you to confirm your email address (you can set up a password with Crowdcast to eliminate this step) within the next 60 minutes.

You will receive reminder emails (from Crowdcast), the day before the event, and 10-minutes prior to the event.  Those emails will contain the link to “View Event”.  If you are unable to find these emails, please check your junk folder. 

Alternatively you may return to the original registration link (on SBF website or email communications from SBF) and access the live event through this link.  Because you are registered, you will be taken to the live event through that same link.  

 

Virtual Events: Where Can I Buy the Book?

SBF is fortunate to have 2 outstanding booksellers as partners.  During these challenging times SBF hopes you will support the independent bookseller by purchasing the book through these opportunities.

E. Shave Booksellers, has been named the south’s best bookstore in the south by Southern Living magazine.  Their dedication to the Festival, the city and the art of reading is unparalleled.

SBF authors are featured on their website at the following link:  E Shaver Savannah Book Festival Virtual Events

Ex Libris, a subsidiary of Follett Books, is the bookstore for SCAD.  They are the bookseller at our annual festival and support the festival by donating 20% of their booksales during the Festival to SBF.

Ex Libris website is:  SCAD Bookstore

Virtual Events: Are the Events Available for View at a Later Date?

Yes, if you have registered for the event, you can view the recording at your convenience.  Simply click on the “Visit Event” link found in your registration confirmation email.

If you arrive late to the live event, you will find a button that will allow you to “Start Over” to access the event from the beginning.  

When is the Festival?

Festival Saturday, which is free and open to the public, showcases over 40 of the nation’s biggest and brightest stars in the writing world we hope to return to an in-person event in February 2021. Visit our Meet the Authors page in October 2021 to discover who will be on stage on Festival Saturday. Visit our Schedule page to plan your day on Festival Saturday. We also have three headlining author events that take place on Thursday, Friday and Sunday during Festival weekend. Best-selling and thought-provoking authors are featured as our Opening Address, Keynote Address and Closing Address speakers. These events are ticketed and cost $25-30 per person. Please go to our Events page for more information. Tickets will go on sale in JANUARY 2021. Please mark your calendar, as tickets to these events often sell out within hours.  LITERATI members have early access to ticket sales.

Where is the Festival?
Our three headliner events take place in the historic the Historic Lucas Theatre at 32 Abercorn Street in downtown Savannah. Please visit our Events page for more information.

Festival Saturday takes place in seven venues in and around Telfair, Wright, and Chippewa Squares in downtown Savannah. Please visit our Map & Parking page for more information and be sure to stop by our Information Tent in Telfair Square to pick up a Venue Map!

How much does it cost to attend?

Festival Saturday is free and open to the public. Over 40 nationally-recognized and award-winning authors will be giving solo 30-minute presentations on their “writing life”, followed by a Q & A session. Festival costs are underwritten by the generous donations of individuals and corporations in our community.

We also have three headlining events that are ticketed. Best-selling and thought-provoking authors are featured at our Opening Address, Keynote Address and Closing Address. Tickets for each of the three addresses are $25-30 and go on sale in January 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. Please visit our Events page for more information.

How do I get a book signed by an author?
All books signed at the Festival must be purchased at SBF. At the time of purchase, book buyers are given a bookmark that confirms their purchase. For the headline authors, this bookmark also indicates your place in the line.

Please visit our Book Sales and Signing page for information on purchasing SBF books and having them signed by your favorite author.

How do authors present at SBF?
The popularity of SBF is due to the fact that our presenting authors offer audiences an engaging and intimate peak into their writing life and process. Their solo performances grant visitors a personal account of their writing lives. Since we have no panels or symposia, our authors are free to communicate directly with their audience both in their presentation and with the Q & A following their talk.
Tips for a Great Festival Experience!
To insure the comfort, safety and enjoyment of the 10,000 people who join us for Festival Saturday, we ask that you respect our guidelines outlined here:

 

  • Each venue will have a designated queue area that is clearly marked. All visitors must line up while waiting to enter the venue.
  • Visitors will be allowed into venues AFTER the previous presentation has completed and the venue has emptied.
  • Visitors wishing to remain in a venue to stay for the next presentation will be asked to move forward so that the ushers can accurately count available seats for those waiting in line.
  • SBF ushers will advise those waiting in line of available seating based on capacity limits. As venues near capacity, ushers will assist guests in identifying alternative author presentations and venues.
  • In fairness to those waiting in line, saving seats is not permitted.
  • When leaving a venue to use a restroom, please secure a pass from an usher to ensure re-entry.
  • Visitors are asked not to bring or consume food and beverages in the five church venues and the Jepson Museum. The Savannah Theatre does have a concession stand selling food and drink.
Accessibility and Restrooms
Handicap passes are available at the Information Tent in Telfair Square for individuals with mobility needs. The passes provide priority entry to Festival Saturday venues and preferred seating. The same courtesy is extended to a companion of the pass holder. All Festival venues are handicap accessible.

Public restrooms are available at The Jepson Center and The Savannah Theatre. Due to the nature of historic plumbing, restrooms are not available in the historic venues used for the majority of our Author Presentations. Royal Restrooms are conveniently located in all three squares for your use.

 

How do I get involved with SBF?
The Savannah Book Festival wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of our many wonderful volunteers! Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more about the many ways you can become a part of the SBF family. We welcome your interest and look forward to meeting you!

If you’d like to help us make the Savannah Book Festival a perennial fixture in Savannah’s cultural life, we would love to have your support. Our LITERATI – friends who give at $200 and $450 levels – receive wonderful benefits such as advance ticket purchases, priority seating at ticketed events, and a 10% discount on Festival book sales. Please visit our LITERATI page to learn more.

How can I keep up with Festival news?
We regularly brag about the fantastic authors who are a part of SBF on our Facebook page and through Twitter and Instagram. We also keep you posted on upcoming events, ticket sale dates and schedule changes. We begin announcing the headline address and Festival Saturday authors in October. Be sure to follow us so that you’ll be in the know.

One of the best ways to be part of the SBF community is through our monthly electronic newsletter. Please see the bottom of the page to sign up today!!