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March 21 - Jekyll Island Book Festival returns to Beach Village

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Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

March 21, 2019 - Jekyll Island invites all book enthusiasts to the Jekyll Island Book Festival, Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Beach Village.

“We’re excited to introduce some notable and award-winning authors and we’ve expanded the festival, adding Authors’ Alley, to allow for even more genres and writers,” said Nancy Kring
Rowan, Jekyll Island Authority director of events.

For one day, Beach Village, located oceanfront and in the heart of Jekyll Island, will be transformed into a book lover’s paradise. Multiple venues will feature author presentations and
live music throughout the day. The Turtle Stage, overlooking the Village Green, will feature presentations from acclaimed authors.

Presenting authors include:

  • Carla Hall, best known as a former co-host of ABC’s Emmy award-winning lifestyle series “The Chew,” is author of three cookbooks. Her latest, “Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration,” has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award.
  • Todd Richards is an award-winning chef known for his contemporary cooking style rooted Southern cuisine and the author of “SOUL: A Chef’s Culinary Evolution in 150 Recipes.”
  • Georgia-born, French-trained Chef Virginia Willis is the author of “Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South” and is a James Beard Foundation Award of Excellence winner.
  • Xhenet Aliu’s novel, “Brass,” was published by Random House in January 2018 and her debut fiction collection, “Domesticated Wild Things,” won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction.
  • Taylor Brown, who grew up on the Georgia coast, is the author of a short story collection and three novels. His fourth novel, “The Pride of Eden,” will be published in 2020.
  • Steven Nedvidek, Ed Crowell, and Jack Lowe imagine early 20th-century action heroes battling anarchists in their award-winning alternate history graphic novel series, “The Jekyll Island Chronicles.”
  • Devereaux Bruch Eyler's "No Mama, I Didn’t Die: My Life as a Stolen Baby," is her true story of being abducted and sold to a wealthy family shortly after her birth in 1937, then reconnecting with her biological family at age 71.

Additional book signings and readings scheduled during the festival include:

  • Devereaux Eyler book signing at Wee Pub Stage, 11:30 a.m.-noon.
  • Pinot and Poetry reading and signing with Kristin Robertson at the Westin Jekyll Island, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • “Jekyll Island Chronicles” reading and signing at the Jekyll Market Stage, noon-1 p.m.

Along with the new Authors’ Alley, an expanded Authors’ Pavilion will host author meet-and-greets and book signings with local and regional writers. The Gifts and Books area will offer festival merchandise and G.J. Ford Bookshop, the official festival book seller. Additional activities include games, costumed characters, and the Marshes of Glynn Libraries’ used book sale and pop-up library. For those who want to expand their visit to the island, Jekyll Island’s Beach Village shops and restaurants will also be open for shopping and dining.

In addition to the festival on Saturday, book lovers can also enjoy events on Friday and Sunday:

  • Southern Dinner & Book Signing at the Jekyll Island Club Resort with Carla Hall, Todd Richards, and Virginia Willis: The Grand Dining Room’s Chef de Cuisine Michael Williamson will create a four-course dining experience with recipes chosen specially from the guest chefs’ newest cookbooks, Friday, 6:30 p.m.
  • Supper on the Farm at Gilliard Farms led by CheFarmer Matthew Raiford and chefs Carla Hall, Todd Richards and Virginia Willis: Served under oak trees covered in Spanish moss, the meal will feature vegetables from the farm, Georgia grown meats and seafood, wine and beer, and handcrafted drinks from Jovan of Sage’s Larder, Sunday, 3-6 p.m.

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