Collectors of autographed books and connoisseurs of fine American independent bookstores can treat themselves to a special event from 12-4 p.m. October 5, 2013, when The Book Lady Bookstore located at 6 East Liberty Street in Savannah, Georgia, hosts its first Local Author Day featuring more than 14 writers.
The literary happening is distinguished from other group book signings by the fact that the authors will greet and meet readers at tables lined up on the sidewalk just outside the store. In the event of disruptive weather, the event will be held October 26. Among the participants slated to appear are the following:
- Rosemary Daniell (Confessions of a Female Chauvinist)
- Bill DeYoung (Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought it Down)
- Jane Fishman (The Dirt on Jane)
- Ellis Garvin (A Guide to Our Two Savannahs)
- Charles Hoskins (W.W. Law and His People)
- Susan Johnson (Savannah’s little Crooked Houses)
- Weihua Zhang (Dream Variations: A Journey Across Two Continents)
In addition, according to an e-news release, the late great Flannery O’Connor will also somehow manage an appearance. Moreover, on October 11, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Robert Olen Butler will present the 5th Annual Ursrey Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home and the Book Lady, at Trinity United Methodist Church on Telfair Square.
Artists in the House
Local Author Day is being held in conjunction with Local Comic Book Artists Day at Savannah Comics, located at 4 East Liberty Street. The names of artists scheduled to participate in that event were not available at the time of this writing.
A Great Reminder
When asked why she thought it important to host a Local Author Day, proprietor Joni Saxon-Giusti shared this:
“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. Great fiction, history, memoir, essays, humor and poetry is being fostered and created right here in our own city, inspired by the Low Country’s beauty and mystery. Savannah’s claim to literary fame may have begun with Flannery O’Connor, but it clearly doesn’t end there."
She added: “But also because the local literary scene has grown exponentially in the last four years, and more and more writers are choosing to stay in Savannah or move to Savannah to make it at least their part-time home.”
Originally located on Monterey Square, and then later on York Street in Savannah’s Historic District, The Book Lady was founded in 1978 by the late Anita Raskin. Saxon-Giusti worked with Raskin for a number of years before Raskin passed in 2002. The move to Liberty Street placed the The Book Lady directly across from the world-famous DeSoto Hilton Hotel. The store features a unique mixture of more than 50,000 used, rare, and newly released titles. With books literally stacked from floor to ceiling and aisles of shelves leading from one room to another, its comprehensive categories cover: African-American titles, Georgia and Southern history, Children’s books, art, architecture and photography, literary biography, classics, women's studies, nautical, military history, philosophy, and more.
For more information, contact the store at (912) 233-3628 or visit www.thebookladybookstore.com.
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