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Bestselling, emerging authors offer variety to 2022 Savannah Book Festival

Updated: Jan 25, 2022


DECEMBER 21, 2021

The Savannah Book Festival will again deliver bestselling authors and emerging authors to its annual event, which has drawn 8,000 to 10,000 people in the past to the heart of the city.

On President’s Day weekend, Feb. 17-20, festival Executive Director Erika Dongre said, they plan is to use the same seven venues on free festival day Feb. 19.

There are 35 authors scheduled for free festival day, with an opportunity to hear them speak, then secure an autograph after purchasing a book. These events take place around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa squares. According to the festival website, 20% of all sales come back to the festival, which helps to keep Festival Saturday free and open to the public.

For the 15th annual festival, the opening address will be delivered Feb. 17 by bestselling author David Baldacci following the release of his latest novel, "Mercy." HIs books are published over 45 languages in more than 80 countries, with 150 million copies sold worldwide.

On Feb. 18, William Kent Krueger will present the keynote address. His current book, "Lighting Strike," is the latest installment in his Cork O'Connor mystery series.

Friends & Fiction will deliver the closing address Feb. 20. They include New York Times bestselling novelists Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel, Kristy Woodson Harvey, and Patti Callahan Henry, four longtime friends with more than 70 published books to their credit.

In their weekly podcast with chats, author interviews and fascinating insider talk about publishing and writing, these friends discuss the books they’ve written, the books they’re reading now, and the art of storytelling. For more information.

Tickets for the 2022 opening, keynote and closing addresses will go on sale to the public in January. Presale for sponsors and LITERATI members will be before the public sale.

The Savannah Book Festival Inc. is an independent, nonprofit corporation committed to encouraging literacy and the love of books. Learn more about all the authors at

Andria Segedy is the news submissions coordinator for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at Twitter: @andria_segedy

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