What you need to know about this year's Savannah Book Festival

What you need to know about this year's Savannah Book Festival

Improvements Elevate the 2014 Savannah Book Festival Visitor Experience

Numerous changes designed to improve the visitor experience are in store for the main day of the Savannah Book Festival, Feb. 15. In addition to more than 30 bestselling authors, there are new book signing policies, speaking venues, transportation, food offerings and seat-capacity restrictions.

New Venues: There will be strict enforcement by the City of Savannah Fire Marshall of seating-capacity requirements in all venues this year. To accommodate the growing Festival audience, two new venues will be used for presenting authors—the Lutheran Church of the Ascension Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall on Wright Square.

Even with the additional seating, however, Robin Gold, the Festival’s executive director, advises, “If there is an author you particularly want to see, you should get to the venue early enough to make sure you have a seat.”

Transportation and Parking: Getting to the Festival will be easier than ever this year. Free trolley service will be offered all day between the Jewish Education Alliance at 5111 Abercorn St., Senior Citizens Inc. at 3025 Bull Street, and Telfair Square. All city parking garages will provide parking for a flat fee of $5 all day.

Dining: Both Barnes Restaurants and Savannah Coffee Roasters will be selling food in Telfair Square. Trinity United Methodist Church, one of the Festival venues on Telfair Square, will offer an indoor “Food and Fellowship” dining area during lunch hours. Though food will not be for sale in the Fellowship area, visitors are welcome to bring their own food in for an indoor picnic.

Book Signing: As a reminder, only books purchased at the Festival or online through Follett in advance will be signed by presenting authors. A signing card must be shown as proof of purchase. One cashier in the Book Sales tent will be designated for Sponsors and LITERATI to help lines move quickly.

“A primary reason for authors participating in book festivals is to sell books,” says Gold. “The Festival’s aim is to promote book sales so that authors of such high caliber will continue to participate.”