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Fall Arts Preview: Literary Events

Wednesday, Sept. 24

Author lecture and Q&A with Bill Rauch

The former mayor of Beaufort, SC and author of Politicking will break down what it takes to run a grassroots campaign as a political outsider and offer a decade’s worth of political insight using his signature plain-speak and simplistic strategy. More at

Friday, Sept. 26

Seersucker Shots

Everyone’s favorite literary salon hosts poet William Todd Seabrook, author of the chapbook The Imagination of Lewis Carroll. Details to come at

Sunday, Oct. 5

Dr. Susan Falls and the Meaning of Diamonds

SCAD professor Dr. Susan Falls explores all aspects of our society's obsession with bling in her book Clarity, Cut and Culture: The Meaning of Diamonds. At this Gulfstream-sponsored lecture series for the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home, she will discuss how stories about diamonds reveal much about how we create value, meaning and identity through material culture. She will discuss her fieldwork with diamond owners and her analysis of the iconic DeBeers campaign. Falls has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and focuses on material culture and consumerism. Details at

Saturday, Oct. 11

Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home 25th Anniversary Silver Peacock Party

Save the date for a glamorous gathering of Savannah’s literary lovers and celebrate a quarter of a century of preserving the belletristic legacy of one of the South’s most beloved authors. 5-8pm at the Armstrong House, 447 Bull Street. Tickets available at

Thursday, Oct. 16

Sierra Club Open Meeting and Author Event at the Book Lady

Join Miles O. Hayes and Jacqueline Michel, authors of A Tide-swept Coast of Sand and Marsh, for a a clear and understandable explanation of the dynamics of our coastal environment. The authors bring a lifetime of working in and studying Georgia’s coast and a deep scientific understanding to their presentation. More at

Sunday, Nov. 2

Author lecture with Larry Baker: "Personal Experience and Literary Influence" 

Novelist Larry Baker will attempt to show how the convergence of personal experience and literary influence shapes the writing process, sometimes blurring the line between a writer and the characters he creates. Baker is the author of A Good Man, Flamingo Rising, Love and Other Delusions and Athens, America. He updates the world of Flannery O’Connor’s characters through the Bush years and into the age of Obama in his critically acclaimed novel, A Good Man. Part of the 2014 Gulfstream lecture series. More at

Sunday, Nov. 9

Author lecture with Kevin Klinkenberg: "Why I Walk"

Kevin Klinkenberg, the executive director of the Savannah Development and Renewal Authority, will discuss his new book, Why I Walk, and address how cities can better design urban areas to increase quality of life. He will share his personal story of living in a walkable neighborhood and explore the context of the financial, social and health benefits of walking. Part of the 2014 Gulfstream lecture series. More at

Thursday, Nov. 13

Lecture with Dr. Jane Rago on "X Marks the Spot: Treasure Maps and National Identity in the Far, Far Away"

Cultural theorist and Armstrong State University professor Dr. Jane Rago explores the ascendant popularity of adventure novels at the end of the 19th century, feeding Western audiences’ insatiable appetite for fantastic takes of far-away lands. Robert Louis Stevenson’s 1883 novel Treasure Island piqued imaginations with the perdurable romance of the treasure map, and Dr. Rago will analyze this and other late-imperial adventure tales for ways they may parallel current discourses of globalization. Part of Armstrong’s 2014 Moveable Feast Lecture Series. More at

Saturday, Nov. 15

The Children's Book Festival

Once again Live Oak Public Libraries entertains the kid in all of us by bringing to town the rock stars of the children’s book world. Big names include Interrupting Chicken’s David Ezra Stein and two-time Newberry award winner Lois Lowry, author of The Giver. We’re also verrrrry excited that prolific icon Rosemary Wells (Max & Ruby, Yoko, Tales from the Bunny Planet) will be on hand to autograph our ancient copy of Benjamin & Tulip. Full schedule at