I was so pleased to see the Savannah Book Festival selected by Southern Living magazine as one among many reason to visit Savannah. Actually, the book fest is one of the magazine’s top five reasons “why we love Savannah.” No surprise to us.
We were the delighted hosts for Roy Blount Jr and his artist wife, Joan Griswold, at this year’s past festival, and our inn guests got quite the surprise to see this prolific writer seated at the breakfast table over the weekend. In fact his presence inspired one couple to extend their stay to attend this world class event. Roy is known as a humorist, reporter, actor, author (of 12 books), and interestingly, a musician with the Rock Bottom Remainders – a band of writers who believe they are also musicians. Dave Barry is quoted as saying the band can play “as well as Metallica writes novels.”
Did you know that Savannah was home to these literary greats: Flannery O’Connor, Conrad Aiken and James Alan McPherson? Flannery O’Connor lived at 207 East Charlton Street her entire life, short as it was, and you can tour the home daily from 1-4 pm, excepting Thursday. Conrad Aiken was born in Savannah and died in Savannah, but raised by a family member in Massachusetts following the tragic deaths of his parents, one by murder and the other by suicide, which undoubtedly influenced his life’s work. Finally, James Alan McPherson, born in Savannah, the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winner for fiction.
Southern Living listed seven great reasons to visit Savannah and frankly, we can list a hundred. Maybe we should, one a day until we reach our number one reason to visit. Or, you can visit our Historic Savannah Georgia inn and read our list from the comfort of your bedroom or a tree-top balcony as the sounds of the fish pond water feature and the chirps of birds leave you lost for just a bit in the charms of the old South.
Call today to secure your place in an historic Savannah inn around the literary table of next year’s Savannah Book Festival. The 2012 festival is scheduled for February 15-19, 2012, but why wait? Visit Savannah any time your heart desires, you are sure to be enchanted.