The Savannah Book Festival (SBF) announces new members of the Board of Directors. Dan Suwyn, Jaqueline Mason and Matt Smith have joined the SBF Board of Directors. The new board members will join officers, President Rachel Young Fields, Vice- President Lisa Yount, Secretary Kristin Prentiss Ott and Treasurer Bob Zerbe for the 2023-2024 year.

Dan Suwyn, Partner at Energage and EBS Brain, is a former journalist, with a history of working in the research industry. He is at his best when connecting the dots between behaviors and outcomes. He is pursuing advanced degrees in cognitive neuroscience. Dan received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Delaware.

Jaqueline Mason is a real estate agent in the downtown Savannah area who loves Savannah as much as she loves her clients. After visiting Savannah for the first time in the spring of 2001, she realized that Savannah was home to her future.  Jaqueline received a B.S. in Interior Design from Western Michigan University.

Matt Smith is an Audit Supervisor at Hancock Askew’s Savannah office. Prior to his career in accounting, Matt served six years in the U.S. Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the “Night Stalkers,” as a Helicopter Crewmember Supervisor. Matt received a B.B.A Summa Cum Laude in Accounting from Georgia Southern University.

“As we head into our 17th year, we are thrilled to have such accomplished leaders in the community join the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors”, said Fields, BOD President. The new board members will join returning members Jeannie Ahrens, Beau Anders, Jeffrey Capshew, Ivy Council, Ariel Felton, Matt Graham, Bruce Pendleton, Brooke Phillips Goth, Caroline “Caro” Powell, Carri Stolz, Jonathan Rabb, Deb Werner and Chairperson Emeritus, Jack Romanos.

The Savannah Book Festival will celebrate its 17th year as one of the finest invitation-only literary festivals in the country over Presidents’ Day weekend, February 15-18.

SBF presents best-selling and emerging authors at a four-day weekend event featuring dozens of authors. Festival Saturday, February 17th, which is free and open to the public, showcases world-renowned and debut authors in locations in and around downtown Savannah.

The Savannah Book Festival is an independent, non-profit corporation committed to encouraging literacy and the love of books. For more information, please contact Assistant Director Mickie McNamara at (912)-598-4040, email [email protected] or visit

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