Savannah Book Festival Wraps 4th Year


Tarshia L. Stanley (left) is pictured with festival attendees and Tina McElroy Ansa, local publisher, Down South Press, and author.
Tarshia L. Stanley (left) is pictured with festival attendees and Tina McElroy Ansa, local publisher, Down South Press, and author.

The 4th annual Savannah Book Festival took place this weekend and, as usual, was a great success, bringing thousands to Telfair. This prestigious literary festival, which remains free for all to attend, began on Friday evening, February 18, and concludes on Sunday, February 20, 2011.

The caliber of authors and range of topics featured was unprecedented. Highlights included awardwinning memoirist Tobias Wolff; famed southern novelist Lee Smith; bestselling author Sandra Brown; Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and author of the stunning new novel Matterhorn; musician and environmentalist Chuck Leavell; former University of Georgia coach and master gardener Vince Dooley; Egyptian-born poet Greg Djanikian and journalist and local author Tina A. Brown.

The presentations took place in and around Telfair Square in

Vaughnette Goode-Walker with Barry Sheehy. Walker and Sheehy co-authored Savannah: Immortal City. Photos for the book were taken by Cindy Wallace
Vaughnette Goode-Walker with Barry Sheehy. Walker and Sheehy co-authored Savannah: Immortal City. Photos for the book were taken by Cindy Wallace
the heart of historic Savannah

Participants of the festival, local authors Barry Sheehy, Cindy Wallace and Vaughnette Goode-Walker will discuss Savannah’s Civil War history and sign copies of their landmark new fourbook series titled Civil War Savannah on Thursday, February 24, 2011. Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Lecture at 7 p.m. at Second African Baptist Church, 123 Houston Street. Free and open to the public

Savannah: Immortal City is the first of a four-part series entitled Civil War Savannah, which offers an indepth history of important antebellum and Civil War sites in Savannah and the surrounding area.

Finally, Savannah: A Terrible Beauty, examines the important military sites in the area.

Net proceeds from Civil War Savannah will be donated to local historic preservation efforts.


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