Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Savannah on My Mind

I've got it bad. Savannah fever, that is. We're leaving Friday morning to head to Savannah for the Savannah Book Festival. Some of you might remember that we went last year. And we had a GREAT time.

This year's keynote speaker is Roy Blount, Jr. I'm ashamed to say I've never read any of his books, but of course I know who he is. I'm very excited to hear him.

And while one of my favorite poets, Starkey Flythe, will not be in attendance there are lots of other authors I'm very excited about. In fact, I already have my whole day planned out, jumping from one tent to the next as there is someone speaking that I want to hear at every time slot.

I'm particularly excited to meet -- again -- Kathy Hogan Trocheck, aka Mary Kay Andrews. I loved her Callahan Garrity mysteries she wrote as Kathy Trocheck and then fell in love with her writing all over again when I discovered her books as MKA. She has a really funny blog, if you want to check it out. She gave me some great writing advice about how to write a book-- "sit down and write a page a day. At the end of the week, you'll have seven pages." I don't have the heart to tell her that I still haven't written a single page. Unless you count this blog. But she probably won't ask, so I think I'm in the clear.

Also in attendance will be Natasha Trethewey, former UGA Cheerleader turned Pulitzer Prize winning poet. That's right. I said Pulitzer Prize winning former cheerleader. Not that cheerleaders can't be smart!! I'm not saying that. Also, she probably wishes people would quit harping on that, but COME ON! The jokes practically write themselves, people!! Anyway, she must be brilliant and I can't wait to hear her speak.

There's tons of other great people planning to attend. Bailey White. Ferrol Sams. David Bottoms -- Georgia's Poet Laureate.

So, if you're in the area, come on down! I'd love to hang out with you!


natasha the exile on Mom Street said...

I love, love, love Bailey White.

Mama Makes Up Her Mind is my favorite book of short stories ever.

I hope that you have a wonderful time; I am sure am jealous!

Laurel said...

Enjoy! I can't wait to hear all about it. Now--please tell me you sent just a little love the Cardinal's way? C'mon. The Cardinals may actually earn themselves a fanbase here in their homestate, after all. :0)

Sorry about the ticket. Try going to court. I did regarding the child restraint/no license on me. It took some time out of my day, but the judge threw both of those out. Beats paying the big bucks.

Lulu said...

Hmm...I seem to remember that I promised you more visits this year. However, after that comment, I totally dropped off the face of the earth (the Blog Earth, that is).

Sounds like a fun trip!! I hope that you have a grand time, and that the weather is nice. What's up with the frigid weather here today??

calicobebop said...

Wow! Sounds like a really cool time! I can't wait to read all about it!

Katie in MA said...

Tease! You are such a tease! I would so love to go, but I have the girlies this weekend and a fence to mend (literally), and well, there's the whole living 1,000 miles away thing. Details.

Have a great time and tell us all about it on Monday, mkay?

for a different kind of girl said...

Sigh...if I only knew what to write about, maybe I'd have a page a week!

Sounds like a fun conference. Have a safe trip and absorb lots of great information!

Debbie said...

That sounds like so much fun! I can't wait to hear about everyone you meet.

Michele said...

Books? (sigh)
Savannah? (Big Sigh)
Husband watching kids? (Payback!)
It will be gorgeous this weekend.

anglophilefootballfanatic.com said...

That sounds like a fabu little excursion. I am quite jealous.

Trannyhead said...

Savannah is fab ... but Charleston is far hawter in my opinion.

Laura said...

Have fun!

HalfAsstic.com said...

I sure wish I could come and hang out with you! That sounds like a highly entertaining time and you should leave with scads of inspiration.
My problem is that I already have inspiration, just lack imagination. I see that as highly important in a novel... heh heh heh ;-)