Liberty Street will be a bit more literary on Oct. 5 as The Book Lady Bookstore hosts its first annual Local Author Day.
More than a dozen local published authors, including Jane Fishman, Kristine Stevens and James Lough, will be setting up tables outside of the store to sell their books and meet with fans. Savannah's most famous author, Flannery O'Connor, will also be making a special appearance.
The Book Lady Bookstore has long been a source of support for local authors by selling their works and hosting events, but owner Joni Saxon-Giusti said because the literary scene in Savannah is expanding rapidly, she wanted to host an event to showcase local talent.
"We thought a designated, festive Local Author Day event would be a great reminder to the general public about what a wealth of talented writers Savannah has living right here in our own community," Saxon-Giusti said. "Savannah's claim to literary fame may have begun with Flannery O'Connor, but it clearly doesn't end there."
Jane Fishman, author of "The Dirt on Jane," will be in attendance to return the support The Book Lady team has given her over the years.
"The Book Lady is the antithesis of the corporate big box, and that works for me. Joni has always been very supportive of local writers and small presses - she rocks. This is a very cool event, a great chance for people to meet and talk to writers," Fishman said.
From history to humor, no matter your literary taste, Saxon-Giusti said the event will have something for everyone, including some locally baked goodies and lemonade.
"Great fiction, history, memoir, essays, humor and poetry is being fostered and created right here in our own city, inspired by the Lowcountry's beauty and mystery," she said. "So this event is a celebration of great writing in this great place. Sort of the same thing the bookstore hopes to do every day."