(SAVANNAH, GA) Savannah Book Festival announces schedule for February 18-20, 2011

(SAVANNAH, GA) The 4th annual Savannah Book Festival proudly announces the schedule for the Festival, which will take place during President’s Day Weekend, February 18-20, 2011, in and around Telfair Square on beautiful historic downtown Savannah, Georgia. 

Here are the significant events taking place that weekend: 


5:30 pm—Keynote Address by Lisa Genova, author of Still Alice and Left Neglected, Trinity United Methodist Church

7 pm—Savannah Book Festival Gala for authors and major contributors to the Festival, Jepson Center for the Arts. For more information on how to contribute to the Festival or become a sponsor, go to http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/sponsor/ . 


10 am – 5:30 pm—Savannah Book Festival, with presentations by the following authors: 

Trinity United Methodist Church

10 am—Karl Marlantes, Matterhorn

11 am—Robert Goolrick, A Reliable Wife

12 noon—Lee Smith, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger

1:30 pm—Lisa Genova, Still Alice

2:30 pm—Geoffrey Wolff, The Hard Way Around

3:30 pm—Tobias Wolff, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories

4:30 pm—Chuck Leavell, Smart, Strong and Sustainable: Building a Better America 

Jepson Center for the Arts—Neises Auditorium

10 am—Lauretta Hannon, The Cracker Queen: A Memoir of a Jagged, Joyful Life

11 am—Hal Crowther, Gather at the River: Notes from the Post-Millennial South

12 noon—Scott Patterson, The Quants: How a New Breed of Math Whizzes Conquered Wall Street and Nearly Destroyed It

1:30 pm—Martha Nesbitt, Savannah Celebrations: Simple Southern Party Menus

2:30 pm—Paula Wallace, Perfect Porches: Designing Welcoming Spaces for Outdoor Living

3:30 pm—Marc Smirnoff, Oxford American Book of Great American Music Writing

4:30 pm—Roy Blount, Hail, Hail Euphoria! Screening of “Duck Soup” then commentary of the film from Hail, Hail Euphoria!  

Telfair Museum Rotunda

10 am—Jacqueline Jones, Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

11 am—Chad Faries, And Then We Moved, A Memoir: 24 Houses in 10 Years

12 noon—George Dawes Green, A Dissertation on Flannery O’Connor and Savannah

1:30 pm—Harlow Unger, Lion of Liberty: Patrick Henry and the Call to a New Nation

2:30 pm—Thomas Chatterton Williams, Losing My Cool: How a Father’s Love and 15,000 Books Beat Hip-hop Culture

3:30 pm Vaughnette Goode Walker and Barry Sheehy, Savannah, Immortal City: Volume I, Civil War Savannah series 

Telfair Sculpture Gallery

10 am—Beverly Donofrio, Looking for Mary—or the Blessed Mother and Me

11 am—Jonathan Rabb, Second Son

12 noon—Randi Davenport, The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes: A Mother’s Story

1:30 pm—Michael Malone, The Four Corners of the Sky

2:30 pm—Beth Hoffman, Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

3:30 pm—Lenore Hart, The Raven’s Bride 

Telfair Boardroom

10 am—Tina Brown, Crooked Row Straight: The Awakening of AIDS Activist Linda Jordan

11 am—Cavanaugh Lee, Save as Draft

12 noon—Cathy Smith Bowers, Like Shining from Shook Foil

1:30 pm—Waqas Khwaja, Modern Poetry of Pakistan

2:30 pm—Gregory Djanikian, So I Will Till the Ground

3:30 pm—David Bottoms, Waltzing through the Endtime 

Free Speech Tent

10 am—Savannah State University writers

11 am—Armstrong Atlantic State University writers

12 noon—Savannah College of Art & Design writers

1:30 pm—Storytelling

2:30 pm—Tina McElroy Ansa & Tarsha Stanley

3:30 pm—Adam Davies on adapting his novel GoodBye Lemon into a screenplay 

7:30 pm—Saturday Evening with Sandra and Ryan Brown, SCAD River Club

This mother-and-son duo will take the stage to talk about their lives in letters and field questions from the audience in a special fundraising event for the Savannah Book Festival.  For tickets, please go to the Savannah Box Office. 


11 am—Sunday Brunch Talk with Vince Dooley, Jepson Center for the Arts Atrium

The former football coach at the University of Georgia will talk about his book, Vince Dooley’s Garden: The Horticultural Journey of a Football Coach, in this highly-anticipated fundraiser for the Savannah Book Festival.  Mr. Dooley’s  illustrator, renowned artist Steve Penley, will also be on hand to discuss his beautiful illustrations.  To purchase a table for $750, please go to the Savannah Box Office. 

Please note that this schedule is subject to change.  For the most recent additions and changes to our Festival schedule, please visit our website at http://www.savannahbookfestival.org/2011-festival/schedule/ .

The Savannah Book Festival’s mission is to promote reading, writing and civil conversation. It is now a significant event in both the literary and southeastern USA calendars, with a new date this year: February 18-20, 2011 – President’s Day weekend. The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent non-profit corporation led by a volunteer board of directors. It is committed to remaining free and open to the public and to celebrating the written word and its role in improving the human experience.

Visit savannahbookfestival.org to plan your trip. You’ll find special deals with local hotels and tourist venues, and the website content is frequently updated.

For more information, contact the Savannah Book Festival at (912) 358-0575; info@savannahbookfestival.org; or 3025 Bull St., Suite 249, Savannah, GA 31405, http://www.savannahbookfestival.org. 

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