The Savannah Book Festival (SBF) announced today that Erika Dongre will take over has the new executive director.

Dongre has served as the festival’s assistant director since 2017 and will replace Kim Bockius-Suwyn who is set to retire on June 30. Dongre moved to Savannah after two decades in Washington, D.C. where she promoted performing arts and cultural events for Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University.

“Erika has been an integral member of the festival leadership team for the past two years,” Board President Beau Anders said in a press release. “We look forward to working with her in our efforts to build our nationally recognized Festival.”

“I’ve absolutely loved working with SBF during the last two festivals,” Dongre, who will begin her new post on July 1, said in the release. “I am excited to see where we can go from here.”

After moving to Savannah, she became the assistant director of the Savannah Book Festival, promoting the 2018 and 2019 festivals and introducing and managing the Savannah Book Festival app.


Dongre has also worked for Time Life, American Diabetes Association and The Washington Post, and was a pro bono consultant for Taproot Foundation, working with DC non-profits as project manager and marketing manager. She received her B.S./B.A. in international business and marketing from American University, and her M.B.A. with a concentration in marketing from The George Washington University. She grew up in Blue Point, New York.

The 13th annual Savannah Book Festival, an independent, nonprofit committed to encouraging literacy and the love of books, is set for Feb. 13-16, 2020. Visit to learn more.