SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -Bookworms of all genres packed a couple of historic squares Saturday for Festival Saturday, a big event for the 12th Annual Savannah Book Festival.
“The authors get to come, speak about their books and writing lives, and they get to spend the weekend in Savannah which is just delightful,” Savannah Book Festival Executive Director Kim Bockius-Suwyn said.
Author Katherine Arden lives in Vermont. She says she couldn’t wait to escape the bitter cold.
"And I'm like 'Oh my gosh, Savannah in February? Perfect!' I said yes immediately," Arden said.
According to the executive director, when authors visit for the annual festival, they're inspired by the city's charm.
"In a couple of years, they have a book and it takes place in Savannah. So, I know while they were visiting for the festival they were writing down Telfair Square or Liberty Street and trying to get a sense of the city so they could bring it into their novels," Bockius-Suwyn said.
As a first time guest, Arden says she's amazed by the city's beauty.
“There’s so much atmosphere here, the way the streets are laid out, the Spanish moss, cemeteries, and the river,” Arden said.
The author says although she may not use Savannah's features in her latest novel, she plans to take mental pictures for the future.
"I'm not sure how I would use it yet, because my next novel is set in Europe and it's a different zone. But I'm sure one day it will perculate and end up in something," the author noted.
The Savannah Book Festival continues on Sunday with a special children's event. With the Savannah Children's Book Festival out, organizers with the Savannah Book Festival decided to step in and provide their own children's portion. For the first time, the festival is partnering with Live Oak Libraries and Library Foundation for a special children's event.
It will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Reynolds Square.