The South has a rich literary history aided by the diverse, interesting characters that live here. But perhaps no city in the South personifies these traits better than Savannah, Georgia. Attending its annual book festival is not only a great experience for readers and authors, it’s also an extraordinary opportunity to “people watch.” Savannah is laden with the odd, colorful, fascinating and curious on any given day. But the festival seems to be when all of these people converge smack dab in the middle of town as if on parade. You’ll see ladies still proud to wear hats with feathers, diminutive gentlemen, in plaid pants worn an inch too short to accent their curled-up-at-the-toe-elf-like-shoes. Look to your left, and you’ll see one of the most famous writers in the world co-mingling with fresh out of the box writers. Look to your right, and there will be children running gleefully under regal tents, surrounded by stacks of books as their parents strain in vain to keep them close. The one thing they all have in common is a love of reading. Just remember, Savannah is not a fictional place created by John Berendt’s Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil was created by Savannah.
It takes place February 14-17. You can check out the schedule here.