Savannah Book Festival Announces 2020 Closing Address Authors

John Becker
John Becker

Embarking on its 13th season, the Savannah Book Festival is pleased to announce the authors scheduled to present the Closing Address for the 2020 Savannah Book Festival, which is taking place from February 13 – 16, 2020.

John Becker and Megan Scott will deliver the Closing Address on Sunday, February 16, following the release of the 2019 edition of The Joy of Cooking. John Becker, great-grandson of Irma Rombauer, helped publish seventeen collections of literary essays before dedicating himself to the family business and updating Joy for a new generation. Megan Scott started working for the Joy of Cooking in 2010, and she is also the culinary director for a marketing agency that specializes in food. In the nearly ninety years since Irma S. Rombauer self-published the first three thousand copies of Joy of Cooking in 1931, it has become the kitchen bible, with more than 20 million copies in print. John and Megan developed more than six hundred new recipes for this new 2019 edition, tested and tweaked thousands of classic recipes, and updated every section of every chapter to reflect the latest ingredients and techniques available to today’s home cooks.

Megan Scott
Megan Scott

Joseph Kanon and John Grisham were previously announced as the Opening and Keynote authors, presenting on Thursday, February 13 and Friday, February 14.

Beau Anders, SBF Board President said, “We are very excited to fill out our author lineup for the 2020 Festival and are looking forward to welcoming them to Savannah in February.”

Tickets for the Opening, Keynote and Closing Addresses will go on sale to the public on January 13, 2020. Presale for sponsors and LITERATI members is January 6, 2020.

For more information, please contact Executive Director Erika Dongre at 912.598.4040, or visit

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