Tips & FAQ

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 and will take place on Saturday, February 15, 2020. Visit our Meet the Authors page in October 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 from Thursday, February 13 to Sunday, February 16, 2020. 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 13, 2020 at 10 a.m. Please mark your calendar, as tickets to these events often sell out within hours.  LITERATI members have early access to ticket sales beginning on January 6, 2020.  

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!!