The Savannah Book Festival’s Festival Saturday will showcase 43 authors in various locations in Savannah’s Historic District with a little something for everyone.
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Jonathan Alpeyrie with Stash Luczkiw | “The Shattered Lens: A War Photographer’s True Story of Captivity and Survival in Syria”
John Alpeyrie is a French-American photographer who spent over 10 years traveling to some of the most dangerous war-zones in the world. Alpeyrie regularly risked his life to capture on film harrowing moments of conflict in the Middle East, North Africa, South Caucasus and Central Asia. His work regularly appeared in major publications such as the New York Times, Vanity Fair, Time, Newsweek, and the BBC.
Alperyie was always an observer until, on April 29, 2013, he was taken hostage on an assignment in Syria and became immersed deeper into conflict than he had ever been before. For 81 days he was bound and beaten by Syrian rebels, but rather than succumb to hopelessness, Alpeyrie tried to connect with his captors, to find the humanity that exists in all of us.
“The Shattered Lens” describes Alpeyrie’s time as a hostage, trying to see his captors as real people and negotiate for little things that made his life more bearable. Alperyrie learned their language and their culture, taught them how to dance, swim, and even take better selfies. By making the rebels like him—or at least feel bad for him—Alpeyrie was able to survive his ordeal.
Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 1:40 p.m. Feb. 16.
Mary Kay Andrews | “The High Tide Club”
“The Queen of the Beach Reads,” is back with a new novel to tuck into while getting a tan on Tybee Island. Mary Kay Andrew’s “The High Tide Club” is the follow-up to her New York Times bestseller, “The Weekenders.”
“The High Tide Club” is a witty novel about love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations. It tells the story of Brooke Trappnell, an attorney who is mysteriously summoned to Talisa Island, a 20,000-acre remote barrier island that is home to an eccentric 90 year old millionaire named Josephine Bettendorf Warrick. With the end of her life looming, Josephine tells Brooke about old friendships and a secret betrayal that led to an unsolved murder. She wants Brooke to help her make amends for past mistakes by contacting the heirs of her long dead friends, The High Tide Club, named for their youthful skinny dipping excursions.
Lovers of Sapelo Island will be interested to know that the beloved island, with its spooky lighthouse and crumbling mansion, was a source of inspiration for the fictional Talisa Island.
Mary Kay Andrews is a native of St. Petersburg, Florida and earned her B.A. in Journalism from The University of Georgia. Andrews spent 14 years as a reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Marietta Journal, and the Savannah Morning News. Since 1992 she has published 24 novels, beginning with her 10 acclaimed mystery novels written under her real name. Andrews began using her pen name with the publication of “Savannah Blues” in 2002.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Katherine Arden | “The Winter of the Witch”
Katherine Arden’s “The Winter of the Witch” is the highly anticipated conclusion to her bestselling “Winternight Trilogy,” which began with “The Bear and the Nightingale” and “The Girl in the Tower.” The popular fantasy series takes place in two versions of Moscow—the one that we know and one that is full of folk tales come to life, magic, and epic struggles.
“The Winternight Trilogy” takes place in a medieval Russian village during the 14th century. A young villager, Vasilisa “Vasya” Petrovna, has a spiritual gift that allows her to see the fantastical creatures that inhabit her village, but the Orthodox Church has labeled her witch, forcing her to strike out on her own with her magnificent stallion, Solovey, and save Russia from dark forces.
The first book of the series was Amazon’s #1 pick for the year’s best science fiction and fantasy in 2017, and “The Winter of the Witch” promises to be a captivating conclusion to the popular trilogy.
Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 9 a.m. Feb. 16.
Elizabeth Berg | “Night of Miracles”
“Before I became a writer, I was a registered nurse for ten years, and that was my ‘school’ for writing—taking care of patients taught me a lot about human nature, about hope and fear and love and loss and regret and triumph and especially about relationships—all things that I tend to focus on in my work,” says author Elizabeth Berg in her website’s bio.
Berg began her writing career when she won an essay contest in “Parents” magazine. Since 1993 she has published 28 books, many of which were New York Times bestsellers including “The Story of Arthur Truluv”, “Talk Before Sleep”, “Durable Goods”, “Joy School” and “Open House” which was an Oprah Book Club selection.
Berg is also the founder of “Writing Matters,” a reading series and workshop for authors, audience, and community.
Berg’s latest novel, “Night of Miracles” is the sequel to “The Story of Arthur Truluv” and focuses on the people that inhabit the fictional town of Mason, Missouri. There is Lucille, who teaches baking classes in the town, Monica, a waitress at Polly’s Henhouse, and Tiny, the cab driver who loves her unrequitedly. The novel also follows Abby, who is diagnosed with a terrible illness that affectsnot only her, but her husband and 10 year old child.
Like many of Berg’s novels, “Night of Miracles” is meant to provide comfort and hope, and to remind readers of the goodness in people. Berg cites a growing depression about the declining state of the world as inspiration for writing this novel. Writing this novel has reminded her of the beauty in the world and hopefully it has the same effect on her audience.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
Jack Carr | “The Terminal List”
Author Jack Carr spent 20 years in Naval Special Warfare, first as an enlisted SEAL sniper specializing in communications and intelligence. From there he became a junior officer leading assault and sniper teams in Iraq and Afghanistan. Carr then led a platoon in counterinsurgency in the southern Philippines, followed by leading a Special Operations Task Unit during the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq.
Carr’s years of military experience has translated into a pulse-pounding debut thriller, “The Terminal List.”
In “The Terminal List,” Lieutenant Commander James Reece is a Navy SEAL who’s entire team is killed in a deadly ambush, including the aircrew sent in to rescue them. After the tragic encounter, Reece discovers his loved ones murdered upon his returning home to the States. Reece soon realizes that the ambush and the murder of his family were not perpetrated by a foreign enemy, but by members of his own government.
With his family gone, and a list of names in hand, nothing can hold Reece back from unleashing years of extreme combat expertise to get revenge on those that have wronged him.
Carr’s draws upon all of his combat experience to ensure a thrilling, fast-paced, action-packed shoot-em-up, so much so that his books actually have to be reviewed and approved by the Department of Defense prior to release.
Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
Ingrid Rojas Contreras | “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”
Ingrid Rojas Contreras was born and raised in Bogotá, Columbia and she uses her childhood home as the setting for her incredible debut novel, “Fruit of the Drunken Tree.”
“Fruit of the Drunken Tree” is set during the height of drug cartel Pablo Escobar’s violent reign. While the elusive drug lord terrorizes the nation through kidnappings, car bombs, and assassinations, 7-year-old Chula and her older sister Cassandra live in a gated community, sheltered and oblivious to the dangers outside. Their mother hires Petrona, a maid from a guerrilla occupied slum, and Chula makes it her mission to learn everything about the mysterious new woman in their household.
Petrona is a teenager who is torn between first love and the burden of providing for her family. As both Chula and Petron’s families struggle to create a stable life in the midst of escalating conflict, the two girls find themselves in a web of secrets that forces them to make a devastating choice between betrayal and sacrifice.
The story traces the coming of age of two woman as the point of view shifts between the willful Chula and the hopeful Petrona. Rojas Contreras’ beautiful prose captures the impossible choices women often have to make in the face of violence, and the remarkable connections that can occur out of desperation.
“Fruit of the Drunken Tree” was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and an Indie Next Pick. Rojas Contreras’ essays and short stories have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Buzzfeed, Nylon, and Guernica. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships from organizations such as the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference, VONA, Hegdebrook, and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. She is the book columnist for KQED, the NPR affiliat in the Bay Area.
Rojas Contreras also teaches writing at the University of San Francisco and works with the San Fransisco Arts Commission to bring writers into public schools and assist immigrant high school students. Her next book is a memoir about her grandfather, a curandero from Columbia who reportedly had the power to move clouds.
Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 10:10 a.m. Feb. 16.
Tom Coyne | “A Course Called Scotland”
Golf Digest has called Tom Coyne’s “A Course Called Scotland” “One of the best golf books this century.”
For this highly anticipated follow-up to “A Course Called Ireland: A Long Walk in Search of a Country, a Pint, and the Next Tee,” Coyne traveled across the birthplace of golf and went on a quest to play on every course in Scotland. Coyne teed off on over 100 legendary links courses including some of the oldest courses in the world like St. Andrews, Turnberry, Dornoch, Troon, and Carnoustie. The result is a hilarious and thoughtful travelogue told with Coyne’s signature blend of humor, history, and insight.
While exploring the green expanses of Scotland’s most beloved golf courses, Coyne connects with new and old friends, rediscovers the peace and power of his favorite sport, and most importantly, reaffirms the relationship between the game and the soul. Golf lovers and travel enthusiasts alike will delight in following Coyne on his journey.
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 2:50 p.m. Feb. 16.
David Edwards | “Creating Things That Matter”
Art and science are usually kept in different corners, but in his latest book, “Creating Things That Matter,” world-renowned inventor David Edwards argues that true innovation requires a marriage of both. He should know. Edwards is the inventor of breathable insulin, edible food packaging, and digital scents.
Most things we create will not matter, according to Edward’s introduction to his book, but “Creating Things That Matter” attempts to reveal the secrets to creating new inventions of lasting benefit, including things we will need to sustain human life on the planet. Edwards introduces the reader to artists, musicians, architects, physicists, engineers, chefs, mathematicians, choreographers, and novelists, all on the cutting-edge of innovation, who share a three-step cycle when creating things that matter. By approaching science with aesthetic principles, the creators of tomorrow will achieve radical game-changing creations.
David Edwards is a Harvard Professor of the Practice of Idea Translation in the Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. He is the founder of Le Laboratoire in Paris, France and Cambridge, Massachusetts. Edwards is also the founder of the World Frontiers Forum and the Frontier Art Prize. He has won many international awards including being honored as a Chevalier of Arts & Letters by the French Ministry of Culture, is a member of the National Academies of Engineering in the USA and France, and a member of the National Academy of Inventors.
Trinity Methodist United Church, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
Michele Gelfand | “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World”
Why are are clocks in Germany so accurate while those in Brazil are often wrong? Why is someone driving a Jaguar more likely to run a red light than someone driving a plumber’s van? Why does one spouse value running a “tight ship” while the other would rather not “sweat the small stuff”? Why are “Red” and “Blue” states so divided?
There are a lot of questions, many of which never occur to the average person, that celebrated cultural psychologist Michele Gelfand has been asking, and in her riveting new book, “Rule Makers, Rule Breakers: How Tight and Loose Cultures Wire Our World”, Gelfand unearths some surprising answers.
Gelfand takes her readers through an epic journey through human cultures. She spent 20 years conducting research in more than 50 countries in search of a common answer to what makes people behave the way they do. Looking at all age groups, nationalities, social classes, family structures, and businesses, Gelfand has found a primal pattern that can explain why people choose cooperation or conflict.
After years of brilliantly conceived studies and on-the-ground studies, Gelfand has come to the conclusion that human behavior is highly influenced by the threat of perception, and how we act is based on how loosely or tightly we adhere to social norms.
Michele Gelfand is a Distinguished University Professor of Psychology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research in cultural norms has been cited in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Harvard Business Review, and Science, and on NPR. She is the past President of the International Association for Conflict Management and the recipient of many awards.
Jepson-Neises Auditorium, 10:10 a.m. Feb. 16.
Charles Graeber | “The Breakthrough”
It is a disease that has touched almost everyone in some dramatic way, whether it was through a friend, a family member, or themselves. Cancer’s ability to stump our immune systems has been one of medical science’s most puzzling mysteries. Charles Graeber, in his new book, “The Breakthrough,” tells the amazing story of how scientists have uncovered the tricks cancer uses to turn off normal immune responses. In what many are calling a “penicillin moment” for cancer research, this revolutionary discovery is leading to a better understanding of cancer and a possible cure.
“The Breakthrough” is told through the heartbreaking and riveting stories of brave patients, physicians, and cancer immunotherapy researchers who are putting in the hard work of beating this complex disease. Graeber uses in-depth interviews with 2018 Nobel Prize in Medicine award winner James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo to take his readers through the world of revolutionary immunotherapy research and its miraculous advances in modern medical science.
The Wall Street Journal has said of “The Breakthrough”, “Engaging...In Mr. Graeber’s hands, the evolution of immuno-oncology is both captivating and heartbreaking...We can’t fail to see ourselves, our friends and our families in these stories.”
Charles Graeber is also the author of the non-fiction book, “The Good Nurse”, which was a New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award finalist heralded as “literary true crime” and “a novel made of journalism.”
He is a contributor to The New Yorker, GQ, National Geographic Adventure, The New York Times, and many more print and online publications. His work has been honored with an Overseas Press Club award for Outstanding International Journalism, 2012 New York Press Club prize, an American Poet’s Prize, and a National Magazine award.
Trinity Methodist United Church, 2:50 p.m. Feb. 16.
David Hagberg | “Face Off”
New York Times bestselling author, David Hagberg, is a former Air Force cryptographer with a Nostradamus-like knack for predicting major world events in his novels. He foresaw the 9/11 attack by al-Quaeda in “Joshua’s Hammer,” he predicted North Korea’s nuclear weapons development in “White House,”Saddam Hussein’s nuclear ambitions in “Desert Fire” and weaponizing airliners as a method of terrorism in “High Flight.”
Hagberg’s latest novel, “Face Off” is another installment in his popular Kirk McGarvey series of action-packed thriller and continues to draw inspiration from today’s headlines.
In “Face Off” (not to be confused with the John Travolta/Nic Cage cinematic masterpiece), protagonist Kirk McGarvey is taking a break from saving the world by having lunch at the Eiffel Tower when terrorists attempt to take the Paris landmark down. McGarvey stops the attack only to find himself embroiled in a larger plot involving pitting the incompetent U.S. president against Vladimir Putin. When a nuclear missile is stolen form the Russians, Putin enlists McGarvey to find it before WWIII breaks out. McGarvey hops around Paris, Istanbul, Moscow, and Washington D.C. in a desperate race against time.
Davis Hagberg has published more than 70 suspense novels since his debut, “Twister” in 1975. He has been nominated for The American Book Award, Mystery Writers of America Edgar Allen Poe Award, and Mystery Scene Best American Mystery Award.
Lutheran Church Sanctuary, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Dan Hampton | “Chasing the Demon”
Besides the Wright Brother’s first flight, one of the most important and memorable moments in aviation history is Chuck Yeager breaking the sound barrier, an achievement made iconic in “The Right Stuff.”
Dan Hampton, in his new book, “Chasing the Demon,” tells the full, untold story of the secret program to build a plane that could deliver a nuclear payload faster than the enemy. In 1947, at the end of World War II, scientists and engineers gathered together a band of daring pilots in the Mojave Desert to test fly some of the fastest vehicles ever built. WWII aces Chuck Yeager and George Welch risked their lives in an attempt to reach Mach 1, the sound barrier, which pilots called, “The Demon.”
“Chasing the Demon” features new interviews with survivors of the secretive program, including Yeager’s former commander, as well as declassified files detailing the program. Remarkably, Hampton uncovers evidence that George Welch was actually the first to meet “the demon,” but because he was merely a civilian pilot and was not flying the futuristic Bell X-1, Yeager got to take credit for the accomplishment. Regardless, of who was first, “Chasing the Demon” pieces together the incredible story of Yeager and Welch’s brave contributions to aviation history.
Dan Hampton knows a lot about aviation. He served in the United States Air Force for twenty years where he received four Distinguished Flying Crosses with Valor, a Purple Heart, eight Air Medals with Valor, and five Meritorious Service Medals. Hampton graduated from USAF Fighter Weapons School, USN Top Gun School, and USAF Special Operations School.
Hampton is the bestselling author of “Viper Pilot,” “Lords of the Sky,” “The Hunter Killers,” and “The Flight.”
Trinity United Methodist Church, 1:40 p.m. Feb. 16.
Silas House | “Southernmost”
Silas House is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels “Clay’s Quilt”, “A Parchment of Leaves,” “The Coal Tattoo,” “Eli the Good,” and “Same Sun Sun Here,” as well as “Something’s Rising, a work of creative nonfiction co-authored by Jason Howard.
House’s latest novel, “Southernmost,” is long-listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in fiction and short-listed for the Weatherford Award. “Southernmost” is about an evangelical preacher, Asher Sharp, who offers shelter to a gay couple in the wake of a flood that wipes out most of a small Tennessee town. Through his interaction with the gay men, Asher begins to see the world in a new light and encounters resistance to his new found tolerance from his congregation and his own wife.
Locked in a custody battle, Asher and his son, Justin, embark on a road trip to Key West to hopefully reconcile with his Asher’s long estranged brother. Years before, Asher had turned against his brother when he came out. Asher and Justin, at the southernmost point of the country, develop a broader understanding of love and its consequences in a rapidly changing America.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 1:40 p.m. Feb. 16.
Kelly Jensen | “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy”
Teen mental illness can be a difficult subject to talk about. The rate of mental illness is seems to be going up, not because more young people are “crazy”, but because our understanding of mental illness has improved. Mental illness comes in a variety of shapes, through a multitude of experiences related to race, sexual orientation, gender, and age, but Kelly Jensen’s anthology, “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy” gives voice to those different experiences.
Jensen gives 33 athletes, artists, writers, and actors the opportunity to create a raw portrait of their personal struggles with mental health issues through essays, lists, comics, and illustrations. Topics include depression, thoughts of suicide, obsessive compulsion disorder, schizophrenia, and Misophonia. The compiled document is a valuable conversation starter and guide for parents and young adults trying to understand how and why people’s brains are wired differently.
Featuring contributions from Shaun David Hutchinson, Libba Bray, Adam Silvera, and EsméWeijung Wang, “(Don’t) Call Me Crazy” examines the meaning and use of the word “crazy” and endeavors to reduce the stigma around mental illness. It was recently named a best book of 2018 by the Washington Post.
Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing writing and editing. She currently works for Book Riot, the largest independent book website in North America, where she focuses on young adult literature. Jensen is also the author of “Here We Are: Feminism For The Real World” and has contributed an essay to and guide to teenage sexuality in pop culture to Amber J. Keyser’s “The V-Word: True Stories of First-Time Sex”.
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 10:10 p.m. Feb. 16.
William Knoedelseder | “Fins”
There was a moment in automotive history when car design transitioned from squared off Model-T’s to whale-sized rocket ships, and there is one brilliant designer to thank for it. In “Fins: Harley Earl, The Rise of General Motors, and the Glory Days of Detroit,” New York Times bestselling author, William Knoedelseder, tells the story of the eccentric, six-foot-five, college dropout who revolutionized the way cars were styled, built, and marketed.
Earl was the Vice President and head of design at General Motors and introduced many new ideas to car design including “concept cars” and tailfins. Earl’s “Project Opel” went on to become the Chevrolet Corvette.
William Knoedelseder is also the acclaimed author of “Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch, America’s King of Beers,” “Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, the Music Business, and the Mafia,” and “I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy’s Golden Era.”
Trinity United Methodist Church, 10:10 a.m. Feb. 16.
R.O. Kwon | “The Incendiaries”
R.O. Kwon’s debut novel, “The Incendiaries,” is about Phoebe, a Korean-American woman attending an elite American University who gets drawn into an extremist cult tied to North Korea. Phoebe feels deep guilt about the death of her mother and gets swayed by the cult’s charismatic leader, John Leal, an enigmatic man with a secret connection to North Korea and Phoebe’s Korean-American family. When the cult engages in acts of terrorism, killing five people, Phoebe disappears and her boyfriend, Will, a former Christian fundamentalist, becomes obsessed with finding her.
Kwon’s novel was named one of the best books of the year by NPR, BBC, The Today Show, Washington Post, and many more. “Incendiaries” is a finalist for National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Award for Best First Book and Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize, and is nominated for the Aspen Prize and American Library Association Carnegie Medal.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 9:00 a.m. Feb. 16.
Bob Lederer | “Beyond Broadway Joe”
Super Bowl III is one of the most legendary games of football ever played. In 1969, American sports fans were shocked when the favored Baltimore Colts, personified by the clean-cut Johnny Unitas, were defeated by the upstart New York Jets, led by football’s first celebrity bad boy, Joe Namath.
In “Beyond Broadway Joe: The Super Bowl Team that Changed Football,” author Bob Lederer gives overdue credit to the rest of the Jets team that helped Joe Namath carry out one of the greatest upsets in sports history. The full story of that game is told through interviews with Namath’s teammates as they reminisce and tell funny, often times poignant stories about Joe’s “guaranteed” win and his secret techniques for frustrating the Colts’ defense.
A must read for die-hard football fans.
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 4:00 p.m. Fev. 16.
Edward Lee | “Buttermilk Graffiti”
Celebrity Chef, Edward Lee traveled across the country, collecting exciting recipes and stories. In his new cookbook, “Buttermilk Graffiti,” Lee compiles 16 personal narratives and 40 recipes to tell the story of America’s melting-pot cuisine. Through the interesting people he meets, Lee explores how immigrants and colliding cultures lead to food mash-ups and bold new flavors.
Lee was nominated for an Emmy for his appearance in “The Mind of a Chef,” wrote and hosted the documentary “Fermented,” and is the author of “Smoke and Pickles.”
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 9:00 a.m. Feb. 16.
Mindy Mejia | “Leave No Trace”
Ten years ago, a father and his son disappeared into the untouched wilderness of the Boundary Waters in Minnesota. The missing boy—now older—has suddenly returned to civilization, violent, uncommunicative, and is sent to a psychiatric ward to meet with a language therapist. The therapist has her own abandonment issues, and as her connection with the enigmatic boy intensifies, she risks everything to reunite him with his missing father.
“Leave No Trace” is another exciting thriller from Mindy Mejia, author of “Everything You Want Me To Be” and “The Dragon Keeper.”
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 2:50 p.m. Feb. 16.
Randy Susan Meyers | “The Widow of Wall Street”
In Randy Susan Meyer’s novel, “The Widow of Wall Street,” a woman named Phoebe builds a luxurious life around her husband’s ostensibly successful financial dealings. Phoebe loves and trusts her husband unequivocally as he builds a financial dynasty, not realizing that it is all merely a Ponzi scheme that will inevitably come crashing apart.
Phoebe struggles with remaining loyal to the man she loves as he faces ruin, prison, and tragic consequences beyond Wall Street.
Randy Susan Meyers is the author of several novels including “The Murderer’s Daughters” and “Accidents of Marriage” which were named in Target’s Book of the Month Club and People’s “Pick of the Week.” Meyers spent 20 years working with criminal offenders and families impacted by violence and draws from her experiences for her novels.
Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Mary Alice Monroe | “Beach House Reunion”
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of dozens of books, including ‘The Beach House,” which was adapted into a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie starring Andie MacDowell was filmed on Tybee Island. Now Monroe continues the popular Beach House series with “Beach House Reunion.”
Cara Rutledge returns to the Lowcountry at her mother’s request to fix up the family beach house and reconnect with family and friends in the process. Cara must learn how to let go of the past in order to begin the next chapter of her life. Meanwhile, her niece, Linnea, rediscovers her love of the beach lifestyle and through the lessons off her grandmother finds a meaningful purpose in life.
Monroe, who was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors Literary Hall of Fame in 2018, will join “The Queen of the Beach Read” Mary Kay Andrews at the Savannah Book Festival for a joint panel about life, friendship, and writing about the coast.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Alec Nevala-Lee | “Astounding”
The Golden Age of Science Fiction—which at the time was often unfairly derided as pulp and non-literary—was dominated by four towering figures: John W. Campbell, Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and L. Ron Hubbard. In his new book, “Astounding”, Alec Nevala-Lee constructs a cultural narrative about these influential and controversial writers, with John W. Campbell at the center.
Campbell was best known for his magazine, “Astounding Science Fiction,” which launched the careers of countless sci-fi legends. Through classics like “I, Robot” and “The Foundation Series,” Asimov became one of the most prolific writers in history. Heinlein is one of the most popular writers of the genre with “Starship Trooper” and “Stranger in a Strange Land.” And L. Ron Hubbard, of course, was the infamous founder of Scientology.
Alec Nevala-Lee graduated with a degree in classics from Harvard College and is the author of several novels including “The Icon Thief” and ‘Eternal Empire.”
Trinity United Methodist Church, 4:00 p.m. Feb. 16.
Delia Owens | "Where the Crawdads Sing”
In the 1960’s, a young woman named Kya Clark, lives in a deep rural part of North Carolina. Her isolation and close connection with the natural world has earned her the nickname Marsh Girl. After living alone for years, Kya finally enters civilization when she begins to yearn for love, but when two men become intrigued by her, something unthinkable happens. A handsome man turns up dead and, naturally, the town believes that the eccentric girl from the marsh is the culprit.
Delia Owen’s beautiful debut novel, “Where the Crawdads Sing” is part murder mystery and part coming-of-age story, with exquisitely detailed nature writing. Although this is her first novel, Owens co-wrote with her husband the bestselling travelogue “Cry of the Kalahari” in the 80’s. Owen’s wonderful descriptions of the natural world were a standout feature of that book, and her artful grasp of nature is evident in “Where the Crawdads Sing.”
The Savannah Theatre, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Ian S. Port | “The Birth of Loud”
When music entered the rock ’n’ roll revolution after World War II, Leo Fender threw down the guitar gauntlet with the introduction of the first solid bold electric guitar, the Esquire. Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer in the world, followed suit by enlisting guitar hero Les Paul to market their electrified version of the guitar. What followed was one of the great music rivalries, Leo versus Les, Fender versus Gibson. Practically the entire mid-century rock pantheon was pulled into this guitar war—The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Buddy Holly, Jimmy Hendrix, and Bob Dylan.
Ian S. Port tells the story of the decades long rivalry in his book, “The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock N’ Roll.” Port is an award winning music journalist whose work has appeared n Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, and Three Penny Review.
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 11:20 a.m. Feb. 16.
Chris Stirewalt | “Every Man A King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists”
In his new book, “Every Man A King,” Chris Stirewalt examines the history of populist political candidates from Andrew Jackson to Ross Perot, to ultimately, Donald Trump. Stirewalt looks at how charismatic leaders, cranks, and charlatans have been able to sway a voting public frustrated with career politicians and “the swamp.” It is a relevant and eye-opening history of the many men who have taken advantage of ordinary folks and the political fads of the day to rise to power.
Chris Stirewalt authors the Fox News Half Time report, and co-hosts the popular podcast “Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What.” He is also the host of Foxnews.com’s video series, “Power Play.”
The Savannah Theatre, 9:00 a.m. Feb. 16.
Dacre Stoker | “Dracul”
Dacre Stoker is the great-grand nephew of Bram Stoker and the co-author of the official sequel to “Dracula,” “Dracula the Undead.” Now the heir to Dracula’s story has penned a prequel. Using notes and texts left behind by Bram Stoker, Dacre has created an origin for not only Dracula, but Bram Stoker himself.
In “Dracul” Bram Stoker is a sickly child in Dublin who is tended by a caretaker named Ellen Crone. A series of bizarre murders occur in the town at the same time that Ellen begins to exhibit strange behavior. Then suddenly, Ellen disappears. Years later, Bram’s sister returns from Paris with news that she has seen Ellen—leading the story of how this enigmatic woman inspired one of the greatest monsters in literary history.
Jepson-Neises Auditorium, 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16.
Michael Witwer | “Dungeons & Dragons – Art & Arcana: A Visual History”
If you still own a bag full of twenty-sided dice you will be blown away by Michael Witwer’s illustrated guide to the history of the influential and popular roleplaying game, Dungeons & Dragons. Witwer has collected decades worth of artwork from the core rule books, supplements, magazines, Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms novels, and advertising and merchandise that has made D&D the definitive visual aesthetic of fantasy. With access to the archives of collectors, artists, and Wizards of the Coast, Witwer has compiled the ultimate collectible for fans of table-top gaming and the fantasy genre.
Michael Witwer is the author of the acclaimed “Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax” and “The Birth of Dungeons & Dragons. He has also shared his gaming expertise on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 1:40 p.m. Feb. 16.
Karen Thompson Walker | “The Dreamers”
An ordinary town is gripped by a strange sleeping sickness in Karen Thompson Walker’s new novel, “The Dreamers.” A student at a university falls asleep and won’t wake up, baffling the doctors treating her. Soon others begin to succumb to the endless sleep and the town begins to panic.
What doctors find most unusual about the mystery illness is that those stricken by the sleep sickness have unusually high brain activity—they are having incredibly vivid dreams. “The Dreamers” is a beautiful, haunting book for fans of Emily St. John Mandel’s “Station Eleven” and Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never let Me Go”.
Karen Thompson Walker is the author the bestselling novel, “The Age of Miracles” which was named a best book of the year by People, Kirkus, Amazon, O, Oprah Magazine, and Publisher’s Weekly. She teaches creative writing at the University of Oregon.
Baptist Church Sanctuary, 4:00 p.m. Feb. 16.
Deborah Tannen | “You’re the Only One I Can Tell”
Deborah Tannen understands people. She is best known for her book “You Just Don’t Understand: Women and Men in Communication” which spent an incredible 4 years on the New York Times Bestseller list including 8 months in the number one spot. It has been translated into 31 languages and is responsible for bringing gender differences in communication to the public discussion.
In her latest book, “You’re the Only One I Can Tell; Inside the Language of Women’s Friendships,” Tannen breaks down the value of relationships between women and the common miscommunications that can harm them.
Deborah Tannen is a University Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University and the author of several bestselling and essential books on communication patterns including “You Were Always Mom's Favorite!: Sisters in Conversation Throughout Their Lives,” “You're Wearing THAT?: Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation,” and “I Only Say This Because I Love You: Talking to Your Parents, Partner, Sibs, and Kids When You're All Adults.” She makes regular appearances programs like The Colbert Report, 20/20, Good Morning America, NPR, and many, many more.
Jepson-Neises Auditorium, 9:00 a.m. Feb. 16.