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Savannah Book Festival and Southern Living Magazine

May 19th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

Visit Savannah Inn Azalea Inn and GardensI 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.

Presidents Day Weekend at the Savannah Book Festival

January 18th, 2011 by Teresa Jacobson

President’s Day weekend is just around the corner and our Savannah B&B is so excited to be hosting a critically acclaimed writer in town for the Fourth Annual Savannah Book Festival. With over three dozen writers, who will it be?  Award-winning memoirist Tobias Wolff; famed southern novelist Lee Smith; bestselling author Sandra Brown; Karl Marlantes, Vietnam veteran and author of the stunning new novel Matterhorn; musician and environmentalist Chuck Leavell; master gardener Vince Dooley; or Egyptian-born poet Greg Djanikian?  Author, conservationist and Georgia Music Hall of Fame member Chuck Leavelland his wife, master gardener Rose Lane Leavell, will  present their rock autobiography, Between Rock and a Home Place, which explores Chuck’s life on the road with the Allman Brothers Band, The Rolling Stones and many others, as well as reflections on their Georgia tree farm and sustainable forestry practices.

Renowned authors will present their work and their lives in letters at the FREE Savannah Book Festival, Saturday, February 19, 2011 starting at 10:00 a.m. and continuing till 5:30 p.m.  Presentations will take place in and around Telfair Square, as well as in the Telfair Museum, Jepson Art Center and Trinity Church in the heart of the historic district. We can’t decide whether to hear and speak with author Karl Marlantes, author of The Matterhorn, at Trinity United Methodist Church at 10:00 a.m. or the memoirs of Lauretta Hannon, author of  The Cracker Queen. Noon might find you enjoying Randi Davenport, author of The Boy Who Loved Tornadoes, in the Telfair Sculpture Gallery. Wrap up Saturday with an evening with mother and son writers,  Sandra Brown and Ryan Brown, at the SCAD River Club at 7 p.m. followed on Sunday by Brunch with Vince Dooley at the Chatham Club.

Exciting news:  a new ice cream flavor from Leopold’s Ice Cream in honor of the Savannah Book Festival will soon be unveiled! A percentage of the proceeds from each scoop of this mystery flavor will benefit the SBF.

No matter who your favorite author is, join us for this fabulous FREE event!  We are offering an unbelievable lodging choice at Azalea Inn and Gardens in historic Savannah, GA for all  Savannah Book Festival-goers.  Book your Friday and Saturday stay and enjoy either Thursday or Sunday at 50% off leaving you with enough money to splurge on your favorite author at the Festival.  You must call to book this deal.

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