Take a look at some of the 40-plus authors headed to the Hostess City for the 11th annual Savannah Book Festival. See the full festival schedule here and read author interviews here.
Ben Coes | "Trap the Devil"
New York Times bestselling novelist Ben Coes' ongoing Dewey Andreas series is built on a foundation of real geo-political situations and shaped by worst-case scenarios.
In the seventh installment, "Trap the Devil," Andreas is recovering from the emotional and physical injuries incurred on his last mission. He is ordered to light duty by the CIA director, traveling to Paris on the protection detail of the Secretary of State. When the Secretary of State is assassinated and a deep-state coup d'etat is put into motion, a high-action thriller is set off with Andreas at the center.
Coes draws on his experience working in the administrations of both Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. The eighth installment of the Andreas series, "Bloody Sunday," is set for a summer 2018 release.
Catherine Coulter | "Enigma"
In her 21st FBI thriller, Catherine Coulter weaves a tangled plot of two primary storylines, both connected to Special Agent Dillon Savitch. After saving a pregnant woman from a would-be assassin, Savitch and the woman are hospitalized, where the story takes an improbable turn. Savitch finds himself up against a mad scientist looking for eternal life.
Meanwhile, special agents Jack Cabot and Cam Wittier are on a daring manhunt in the Daniel Boone National Forest. Savitch must sidestep ordinary police work to solve most mysteries.
Over her 40-year career, Coulter has published over 80 novels. Most years, she releases both a historical romance and a suspense novel. A new FBI thriller, "Paradox," is scheduled for release this year.
Katie Kitamura | "A Separation"
In her third novel, Katie Kitamura tackles the pain of divorce through the eyes and feelings of a nameless female protagonist who struggles to interpret the melancholy of inner monologue.
Soon after separating from her husband Christopher and after they make a secret discussion to divorce, he goes missing in Greece. She is set on a mission to find him, but is rather ambivalent to the actual detective work as she muses on her own emotional fallout.
Kitamura's first novel, "The Longshot," was on the list for the New York Public Library's Young Lions Fiction Award. "A Separation" is set to have a film adaption. Kitamura has written for The Guardian, The New York Times and Wired.
Brendan Mathews | "The World of Tomorrow"
Centered, rather loosely, around the 1939 New York World's Fair (the title is borrowed from the fair's motto), "The World of Tomorrow" tracks three Irish brothers on a high-stakes adventure, propelled by prison escape, looting, a bombing and conversations with the ghost of W.B. Yeats.
Francis Dempsey, on furlough from prison, attends his father's funeral. Along with his younger brother Michael, Dempsey is sprung by old I.R.A. friends of their father, setting off an unintentional adventure to America to find their other brother.
Lauded by critics, Brendan Mathews' debut novel has been both praised for its prose and criticized for its broad strokes and out-of-place humorous escapades.
Cherise Wolas | "The Resurrection of Joan Ashby"
At the center of Cherise Wolas' debut novel is a writer struggling with the balance of family life and her art.
Joan Ashby began her career as a successful writer, but an unexpected pregnancy and family troubles thwarted her ability to pursue her passion full-time. She begins to write a new novel in private after hiring a nanny to handle the regular household duties.
Spanning three decades, "The Resurrection of Joan Ashby" traces a fictional writer through the spiderweb of her life that eventually finds her in another country, free of the philosophical burden of a family life she never really wanted.
Wolas is a writer, editor, lawyer and film producer. She received a bachelor of fine arts from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a juris doctor from Loyola Law School.
Deanne Stillman | "Blood Brothers"
The unlikely friendship between two legends of the American west is spotlighted in a new book from acclaimed writer Deanne Stillman. "Blood Brothers: The Story of the Strange Friendship between Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill," recalls the details of an improbable yet wholly American story.
In the late 1800s, Native Americans were still fighting for their land against increasingly aggressive white settlers. "Blood Brothers" traces the story back to the infamous battle at Little Big Horn, where it said that Sitting Bull killed Gen. Custer. Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill toured with the Wild West shows in the 1880s and forged a friendship that would be tested at the end of Sitting Bull's life.
Stillman's new book falls into her long list of stories on the American West, including "Desert Reckoning," "Mustang," and Twentynine Palms." She writes a column, "Letter from the West," for the Los Angeles Review of Books.
Scott J. Shapiro | "The Internationalist"
In 1928, U.S. Secretary of State Frank B. Kellogg and French foreign minister Aristide Briand co-authored the Kellogg-Braind Pact, or Pact of Paris. The accord dictated that war could not be used between states to settle disputes. It was signed by 29 other countries and remains the international rule of law to this day. A little over a decade after the pact, WWII broke out in Europe, costing the lives of many millions of people.
Yale Law professors Scott J. Shapiro and Oona A. Hathaway shape an erudite examination of the pact in their new book "The Internationalist: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World." Examining the impacts of the agreement, both positive and negative, "The Internationalist" argues that in the long term, the Pact of Paris has helped shape our modern world, despite the constant string of costly wars that followed it.
The Pact of Paris has largely been disregarded in the canon of history as many countries, the United States included, have circumnavigated the pact legally. Prior to the pact, however, the authors argue that war was a much more immediate consequence of a disagreement between states. Since its passing, it has helped stave or at least hamper the advent of war and spurned the formation of several international coalitions.
Sally Mott Freeman | "The Jersey Brothers"
Invoking the brothers-in-arms story base for the fictional "Saving Private Ryan," Sally Mott Freeman's "The Jersey Brothers" retells, in detail, the true story of her father and his two brothers.
Bill, Benny and Barton Mott were Navy men during the height of WWII. Bill ran President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Map Room in Washington, while Benny was a gunnery on the USS Enterprise, one of the only aircraft carriers to escape Pearl Harbor. Barton worked in the Navy Supply Corps in the Philippines. When Barton is listed as missing in action, his brothers, at the behest of their mother, work to find him.
Freeman spent a decade researching the book. Coalescing archival materials, interviews, diaries, memories and letters that were almost lost to history, Freeman publicizes a family story of brotherly love and courage.
Leigh Montville | "Sting Like a Bee"
Highly prolific and acclaimed sports writer Leigh Montville focuses his pen on the moment Muhammad Ali transformed from an athlete into an activist. Slamming into the intersection of sports and politics, Ali's orotund style propelled him from the ring to the Supreme Court in one of the country's most trying times.
Montville highlights Ali's life between 1966 and 1971. In the late 1960s, Cassius Clay would go through a riveting transformation, galvanized by his conversion to the Nation of Islam. Clay shed his given name to become Muhammad Ali. He was drafted in 1967, but refused to serve in the military and in the Vietnam War, citing his religious beliefs wouldn't allow for it.
"Sting Like a Bee" is a portrait of a man and a country in a volatile time of history, where social unrest led to a new future and the stance of men and women like Ali transformed the face of a country.
Patricia Lockwood | "Priestdaddy"
Following two successful books of poetry, Patricia Lockwood, Twitter's poet laureate, shifts gears in her new memoir, "Priestdaddy." Lockwood shares an eight-month period of her adult life where she and her husband lived with her parents after dealing with unexpected medical bills.
Greg Lockwood is an unorthodox father, in that he is also a Catholic priest. He received special permission to be ordained after he converted - after he'd already begun a family. He also enjoys playing electric guitar in his underwear.
"Priestdaddy" has been hailed by critics and was named one of the 10 best books of 2017 by the New York Times.
Lockwood's tweets have garnered her more than 70,000 followers, who muse over her hilarious, crass and often pointedly honest jokes. Her poem, "Rape Joke," published in 2013, received high acclaim and helped catapult her career. Lockwood currently lives in Savannah.
Tom Perrotta | "Mrs. Fletcher"
Throughout his novels, Tom Perrotta has emboldened mundane archetypes in less-than-flattering lights, in search of the humanity often hidden below socially acceptable veils.
His most notable works, 1998's "Election" and 2004's "Little Children," explored trite suburban settings with a tinge of irony, but always in a revealing fashion. Both novels enjoyed critical acclaim and Academy Award-nominated film adaptations. His last novel, "The Leftovers," was successfully adapted to the small screen in an HBO miniseries.
In his latest novel, "Mrs. Fletcher," Perrotta explores the journey of a mother and son whose lives have just forked into new eras. Eve Fletcher, in her mid-40s, seeks out new adventures to fill her empty nest syndrome. She begins to dabble in pornography that leads to a sexual re-ignition. Meanwhile, Eve's son Brendan, a lacrosse frat boy bro, is finding his first year at college to be a very different experience than he anticipated as his white male privilege is challenged. Through the starkly different voices of his primary characters, Perrotta opens timely, apropos conversations around modern sexuality and love.
Daniel Golden | "Spy Schools"
Investigative reporter Daniel Golden sets his spotlight on the unexpected intersection of academia and the clandestine world of intelligence agencies in his latest book, "Spy Schools."
Golden, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, examines how elite universities in America and abroad have become nurseries for future spies and home to current spies. Both U.S. and foreign intelligence agencies have penetrated the top echelon of the education system, recruiting professors, graduate students and undergraduates to spy for their respective countries.
Through extensive research and reporting, Golden examines places like the Harvard Kennedy School, where undercover CIA agents infiltrated and staged academic classes to help an Iranian scientist defect.
Golden won the the Pulitzer in 2004 for a serial piece that examined admission preferences at colleges. The work led to a best-selling book, "The Price of Admission." He won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service from Bloomberg News for another serial piece that examined the exploitation of at-risk groups by for-profit colleges.
Danya Kukafka | "Girl in Snow"
In her debut novel, 24-year-old Danya Kukafka jettisons out of the literary gate with a thriller that borders on the increasingly muddied lines of adult and young adult genres.
Lucinda Hayes, a beloved high school student, is found dead in her languid Colorado town, shifting the lives of several people, and possible suspects, in her orbit. Three characters - a mentally ill stalker, a jealous classmate and the police officer investigating the murder - are foisted into a journey to find the truth.
Hailed by critics, "Girl in Snow" has become a national bestseller. Paula Hawkins, author of the "The Girl on the Train," said, "Kukafka's misfit characters are richly drawn, her prose is both elegant and eerie - this is an incredibly accomplished debut."
Karen Robards | "The Ultimatum"
In her latest romantic thriller, Karen Robards opens a new series of books with an introduction to Bianca St. Ives, a beautiful, intelligent, high-end thief and con artist, whose anti-hero ethos emerges as a modern Robin Hood.
In the opening of The Guardian series, St. Ives is sent on a heist to steal millions of dollars and documents from a Middle Eastern prince. The job doesn't go well, and St. Ives' father and mentor, Richard St. Ives, is presumed dead. Her skill set is challenged as she races to get ahead of her pursuers and solve questions of her past.
Robards is the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels. Her first, "Island Flame," was published when she was 24. She has won multiple awards. The Daily Mail noted Robards as "one of the most reliable thrillerâ€¦writers in the world."
David Enrich | "The Spider Network"
New York Times finance editor David Enrich offers up a detailed look into the 2012 Libor scandal in his new book. Focusing on the only person convicted, trader Tom Hayes, as well as the other bankers implicated, Enrich delves into the world of finance, humanizing the work done behind the ticker numbers and highlighting a world of corruption.
The Libor is an average interest rate, which is calculated by major banks across the world and supports almost $350 trillion in derivatives. Hayes was at the center of the scandal, which revealed how he, with the support of his managers, would falsely inflate or deflate rates to profit on trades. Enrich mined years of secret access to Hayes and his family for the book.
Enrich was the financial enterprise editor of the Wall Street Journal and served as the Journal's banking editor in London, before his current station at the New York Times.
Stanley Bing | "Immortal Life"
Looking into the not-so-distant future, prolific humorist Stanley Bing gives a satirical look at a dystopian world where the kings of technology have figured out a way for humans to live forever in his latest book.
The 127-year-old Arthur Vogel, a trillionaire investor and tycoon, has decided well over 100 years of life is not enough. Through technologies that are actually being worked on in our present world, Vogel creates a human being capable of carrying on his own consciousness. Gene may be artificial, but he has different ideas on how he'd like to spend his life.
Bing is the nom de plume for Gil Schwartz, the senior executive vice president and chief communications officer for CBS. Under the Bing name, he has published three novels and several other works. He also writes for Esquire magazine and Fortune magazine.
In an interview on the book, Bing said, "Anybody who takes even a cursory look at the news every day knows that, at least in our culture, the only genre that adequately describes reality is satire."
Victor LaValle | "The Changeling"
In part fairy tale, in part Greek myth, Victor LaValle's latest piece of fiction follows Apollo Kagwa, a book dealer and new father.
Kagwa is attempting to understand his new role as a father, while being haunted by strange dreams that began after his own father left him, and only returned after the birth of his child. After his wife commits an unforgivable act of violence, Kagwa goes in search of her through a fantasy world ripe with allegories of our own present world.
LaValle's writing has been compared to a mix between Haruki Murakami and Ralph Ellison, or Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Edgar Allan Poe, by the New York Times and others.
Brian Curtis | "Fields of Battle"
In his seventh book, longtime sports writer and broadcaster Brian Curtis recalls the true story of the only Rose Bowl to not be played in Pasadena, Calif., and the post-game transformation into the war-torn era of the early 1940s.
Duke University and Oregon State were slated to face off at the Rose Bowl Championship game in 1941. With the looming threat of war on the West Coast, the game was moved from its traditional home in California to Duke's home field in North Carolina. Oregon State upset the undefeated Duke, but that is only the beginning of a story that traces the lives of 70 of the game's participants who were shipped off to WWII soon after the historic game.
Curtis is a longtime reporter for CBS College Sports. He was nominated for two local Emmys as a reporter for Fox Sports Net. He is a New York Times bestselling author.
Paula Wallace, Margaret Russell, Chuck Chewning | SCAD: The Architecture of a University
Paula Wallace, SCAD president and co-founder, Margaret Russell, editor-in-chief for Galeria and honorary dean of the SCAD School of Building Arts, and Chuck Chewning, principal at Charles H. Chewning Interior, guide readers on an architectural tour of 40 of SCAD's buildings.
Featuring 200 photographs, the 360-page digest acts as a timeline of SCAD's growth into a global education institution. Historic preservation has underpinned the university's growth since the beginning. The university has redeemed more than 100 buildings around the world, winning awards and recognition for the efforts.