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article imageMitch Albom helps kick-off the 2014 Savannah Book Festival Special

By Kay Mathews     Feb 14, 2014 in Lifestyle
Savannah - On Valentine's Day, Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie and new novel The First Phone Call from Heaven, delivered the keynote address at the 2014 SBF. The festival brings dozens of authors and thousands of book lovers to Savannah each year.
Two of the 39 best-selling authors scheduled to participate in the 2014 Savannah Book Festival are Scott Turow and Mitch Albom. Turow, author of Presumed Innocent, Personal Injuries and new novel Identical, gave the opening address and, on the evening of Valentine's Day, Mitch Albom delivered the keynote address.
Due to storms in the northeast, authors John Freeman, Jayne Ann Phillips, and Claudia Roth Pierpont are not able to participate; however, 36 prominent fiction and nonfiction writers are in Savannah's historic district Feb. 13-16.
Award-winning authors on-hand for the 2014 festival include Pulitzer Prize winner A. Scott Berg author of Wilson, National Book Award-winning author Edward Ball (Slaves in the Family), and C.J. Box who won the Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2009 for Blue Heaven. Authors of Oprah Book Club selections who will present their books at the festival include Wally Lamb (She's Come Undone and I Know This Much Is True) and Anita Shreve (The Pilot's Wife).
Other well-known authors at the 2014 SBF include Melanie Benjamin (The Aviator's Wife), Robin Cook (Outbreak, Intervention, Cure, and Cell), John McMillian (Beatles vs. Stones), Patricia Schultz (1,000 Places to See Before You Die), and local favorites like Bobby Deen (Bobby Deen's Everyday Eats), Jaime Deen (Good Food), and Glenn T. Eskew (Johnny Mercer: A Southern Songwriter to the World).
Mitch Albom's keynote address was delivered to a capacity crowd at the Trustee's Theater on Broughton Street.
Mitch Albom delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival.  Savannah  Ga.  2/14/14...
Mitch Albom delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Savannah Book Festival. Savannah, Ga. 2/14/14/
A number of businesses in Savannah commemorate the SBF in various ways. As the tradition goes, Leopold's Ice Cream renames flavors in honor of authors participating in the festival, including Mitch Albom and his "Mitch Chocolate Chip."
 Mitch Chocolate Chip  Albom ice cream at Leopold s Ice Cream.  Savannah  Ga.  2/14/14
"Mitch Chocolate Chip" Albom ice cream at Leopold's Ice Cream. Savannah, Ga. 2/14/14
The main event is Festival Day on Feb. 15 where authors will present their books in different locations near Telfair Square and Wright Square.
License tags on cars seen in and around the historic district are from Michigan, Maine, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana, and many other non-Georgia states, which suggests that visitors are lovers in town for Valentine's Day, lovers of books are here for the 2014 Savannah Book Festival, or both.
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