Savannah Book Festival Names New President, Directors


“It is a distinct honor to lead the Savannah Book Festival as we prepare for our tenth anniversary celebration,” Dr. Mark Murphy
“It is a distinct honor to lead the Savannah Book Festival as we prepare for our tenth anniversary celebration,” Dr. Mark Murphy

Embarking on its tenth season, the Savannah Book Festival Board of Directors has elected a new president, Dr. Mark Murphy. Rachel Young Fields and James Scavo also were elected as new directors serving a three-year term.

“It is a distinct honor to lead the Savannah Book Festival as we prepare for our tenth anniversary celebration,” Murphy said. “Over the past decade, our dedicated, hard-working board has exerted a tremendous effort to bring top-quality national and regional authors to Savannah.”

Dr. Murphy, a founding partner of The Center for Liver and Digestive Health, is well-known as both a physician and as a writer. An honor graduate of the Medical College of Georgia, Murphy completed his Internal Medicine residency and Gastroenterology fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Fields, a graduate of Winthrop University and the University of Georgia School of Law, is a partner at Hunter/Maclean. Her practice concentrates in the areas of business litigation, appellate practice and intellectual property.

Scavo, a Georgia lawyer, has practiced for 40 years. Weinstock & Scavo, P.C., based in Atlanta, enjoyed a national reputation for its Resort and Hospitality Group practices. I He maintains a professional presence in Atlanta and Savannah.

At its annual meeting, the Savannah Book Festival also named Jack Romanos as chair emeritus and Ann Higbee as chair. Other officers continuing their service are Willard Holland, treasurer; Beau Anders, assistant treasurer, and Jenny Long, secretary.

The Savannah

Book Festival Inc.

(SBF) is an independent, non-profit corporation committed to encouraging literacy and the love of books. SBF presents best-selling and emerging authors in special events throughout the year, including a four-day Presidents Day weekend featuring talks by dozens of authors. The 2017 SBF will be held Feb. 16-19, 2017, in locations in and around Telfair, Wright and Chippewa Squares in Savannah’s Historic District. For more information, please contact Executive Director Kim Bockius-Suwyn at 912.598.4040,info@savannahbookfestival.org or visit www.savannahbookfestival.org.


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