The Savannah Book Festival continues in its pattern of bringing sought-after best-selling authors to town with the announcement of this year's headliners Scott Turow, Mitch Albom and Eben Alexander.
Turow, author of nine best-selling books including "Innocent," "Presumed Innocent" and "The Burden of Proof," will open the festival on Feb. 13 with a presentation on his new mystery-thriller "Identical."
Albom, famous for his best-selling works "Tuesdays with Morrie" and "The Five People You Meet in Heaven," will give the festival's keynote address on Feb. 14 and discuss his latest book "The First Phone Call from Heaven."
During the closing address on Feb. 16, Alexander will present "Proof of Heaven," his best-selling narrative that describes his 2008 near-death experience where he asserts that science can and will determine that heaven exists.
The festival also announced almost 40 other best-selling popular, debut and local authors who are scheduled to speak at the festival's main day events on Feb. 15. These sessions are free and open to the public. Some of the main authors for that day will be A. Scott Berg, Wiley Cash, Robin Cook, Nancy Horan, Lily Koppel, Wally Lamb, John Rizzo, Patricia Schultz, Anita Shreve and Deborah Solomon.
A handful of local and Georgia-based authors will also be at the festival, including Glenn Eskew, former Savannahian Dave DiBenedetto, Savannahian and historian Paul Pressly, and John McMillian, professor at Georgia State University.
All participating authors' newly-published books will be offered for sale during the festival and authors will sign books purchased at the festival.
The 2014 Savannah Book Festival will take place Feb. 13-16, and the main day festivities on Feb. 15 will take place in and around Telfair Square in the historic district.
The headlining authors will speak at Trustees Theater and headline events are $15 each. Tickets go on sale Jan. 2 for Savannah Book Festival LITERATI members and sponsors. The general public can purchase tickets on Jan. 8. All tickets are available through Savannah Box Office at 912-525-5050 or savannahboxoffice.com.
For a complete list of authors appearing at the festival and information about purchasing books and signing procedures, go to the festival's website at www.savannahbookfestival.org.