This year's Savannah Book Festival picks up where the last one left off and shows how much the city has to offer in terms of literary talent.
This is, after all, the city that produced Flannery O'Connor, Conrad Aiken and John Berendt's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil."
Savannahian James McPherson was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Ogden Nash grew up here. I could go on.
So, it's with pleasure every year that I look forward to talking with authors appearing at this relatively new festival. It's just two years old.
This year, I talked with four authors. And you'll find their stories below.
First, there's Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton's book, "Picking Cotton." It's a tale that involves injustice, mistaken identity, racism and, ultimately, friendship and forgiveness.
Next, there's George Dawes Green's book, "Ravens." Green is either known to you as an author or the founder of public radio's "The Moth," depending on how you first discovered him.
I first heard about him through "The Moth," which is a live storytelling community, something everyone had ages ago. "Ravens" made me think even more about what motivates Green. It is, he says, the ideal life, an idea that, I think, goes through both "The Moth" and "Ravens."
Finally, there's David Kirby's book on the everlasting Little Richard. We didn't feature this book on the radio, so it's an exclusive for all you webbies.
Of course, Little Richard has a special connection to Macon, but Kirby also posits that the musician started rock and roll. He says, it was a Little Richard song that kicked the whole thing off.
And you might or might not be surprised to learn a little more about his relationship with his father, who rejected his son's sexuality and music until just before he was killed. Sexuality and rock-and-roll. What a combination. So, that was an interesting bit.
The festival runs this weekend. And if you want a full line-up of speakers, go this the website below. Many of you might be interested in the Friday night concert, which is a folk music tribute to Eudora Welty.
And, from Savannah, happy reading!