You are cordially invited to The Savannah Quill book convention.
The Savannah Quill hosts over 30 authors, guests, book signings, literary panels, and family friendly activities.
Featured activities include fun for the entire family.
- Authors with book signings with a wide variety of genres to enjoy.Savannah Paranormal Mini-Con hosted by Guyton Paranormal Society with special guests, panels, and author signings.
- Savannah Potterfest Trivia and Costume Contest. Dress up like your favorite Harry Potter character and play to win prizes.
The Savannah Quill is partnered with the Live Oak Public Library. A portion of the proceeds will be donated for literacy to the library.
What: The Savannah Quill Book Convention
When: Saturday October 7, 2017 Convention opens at 10 am to 6 pm, Savannah Potterfest trivia at 2 pm, Contest after the trivia.
Where: Savannah National Guard Armory
1248 Eisenhower Dr, Savannah, GA 31406
Cost: $10. Children under 5 get in free.
We hope to see you there!
Founder of The Savannah Quill
We are excited to announce we signed the contract on The Savannah Quill book convention today. We want to thank all of our loyal supporters! The Savannah Quill connects writers and readers to promote literacy.
What: The Savannah Quill Book Convention
When: Saturday October 7, 2017 from 10a – 6p
Where: National Guard Armory of Savannah
1248 Eisenhower Drive
Savannah, Georgia 31406
Cost: $10 admission (children under 6 free. 10% Military, Senior and educator discount with ID)
Heroes in the Park
Bloomingdale Recreation Center presents The Savannah Quill for a Heroes in the Park! Kids! Dress up like your favorite super hero and have fun!
Proceeds from the venue will go to help promote literacy in our area and raise funds for the park!
- Battle Ball & Bows 12p – 2p
- Five Point Productions DJ with family friendly music
- Bounce Up Savannah Bounce houses
- Trunk & Treat Heroes decoration contest (Fill out form below to enter. Free entry, but must provide allergy safe treats, or trinkets like stickers, pencils etc)
- Vendors with all kinds of cool stuff
- Concession Stand open
What: Heroes in the Park
When: Saturday April 29, 2017 from 10 am until 3pm
Where: Bloomingdale Recreation Center
1824 Pine Barren Rd, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
Cost: Free Admission
What: The Savannah Quill book convention delayed
More Info: http://www.savannahquill.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Savannah Quill book convention will not take place March 11, 2017. Unfortunately, we have been negotiating with a venue since November 2016 and those negotiations closed this week without booking that venue.
After careful consideration, other venues are being explored, and the target date is set for Fall 2017. Once the new venue contract is signed, we will send out an update with time/place/locations. This change is to accommodate our large number of traveling authors and attendees for
We appreciate your understanding with this change and are looking forward to continuing to serve our community with local partners like the Live Oak Public Libraries, The City of Bloomingdale Recreation Department, our sponsors, our authors, and all of you for your support.
In the meantime, please join our conversation https://www.facebook.com/thesavannahquill/?fref=ts
The Savannah Quill
“Connecting writers and readers to promote literacy.”
Please join The Savannah Quill at The Westin Savannah Harbor & Savannah Harbor Foundation to meet Authors from the Savannah Quill to help raise funds for the Savannah Harbor Foundation and the Savannah Quill.
This year the Savannah Harbor Holiday Series at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa will feature the South’s Best Santa Claus, world famous Gingerbread Village & Competition, daily events from local organizations and holiday treats at the ICE BAR and NORTH “POOL”.
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi will be performing and releasing his new book. Josh Vasquez, author of Savannah Zombie novels, and Winfield Strock III, author of Red Sounding, Adventures Above the Aether and more, Christina Cody, award-winning author for the middle grades novel, Ellcinder, and the children’s books, The Perfectly Imperfect Pumpkin, The Pirate Scope, and Monster Reader, will be part of the book signing.
Amanda Marks, Special Events Manager, THE WESTIN SAVANNAH HARBOR
GOLF RESORT & SPA, gave us insight about what guests can expect at the Holiday Series in addition to Meeting the Savannah Quill Authors.
Q. Please tell the readers about the joy of the Holiday series.
Marks: The Holiday Series is a way we can give back and help our community. The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa is proud to invite children’s and family charities to use our spectacularly decorated resort as a holiday vessel to raise funds and awareness for their area-focused initiatives. We offer our tropical respite as a beacon for the community to know that the best things about the holidays are all accessible right here at home. Together with the Savannah Harbor Foundation we are able to present the area’s best gingerbread village, best Santa Claus, & famous boat parade of lights. With the addition of our charitable partners we present some of the best holiday programming in Savannah like concerts from the Savannah Children’s Choir, educational experiences from Oatland Island Wildlife Center, and celebrity appearances from sports superstars like Brian Jordan. All of these activities allow us the opportunity to engage our community and support the effort for a better Savannah.
Q.Please talk about your love for reading.
Marks: Losing yourself in a good book is one of my favorite pastimes. I have enjoyed reading my whole life. I love the insight and knowledge you can gain from a book. Reading encourages imagination, invokes critical thinking and allows you to become one with an eclectic cast of characters.
Q.Why is it important to give back to the community?
Marks: Giving back to the community is so important because you never know when you will find yourself in need. I grew up volunteering; my grandmothers would take me to every volunteer organization in my hometown. I learned how important it is to give back, something I have tried to install in my children. The Resort has a vested interest in making our community better for guests, but more so it is our commitment to our city and the people who live in it that drives our motivation to create special events like this. Wholesome family activities bolster the foundation of a city and we believe that we are succeeding in our mission to propel Savannah to new heights.
We are delighted to be partnering with Savannah Quill during the 2016 Holiday Series.
You can watch Kim Gusby’s interview with Adam Messer and Josh Vasquez on WSAV The Bridge from December 2, 2016.
When: Saturday December 3, 2016 6pm-9pm
Cost: $5 Donation goes to Savannah Harbor Foundation and The Savannah Quill
Storyteller J’miah Nabawi joins 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival
Our partner, Live Oak Public Libraries, and the City of Savannah’s Department of Cultural Affairs, is presenting the 13th annual Savannah Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Forsyth Park. Local Storyteller J’miah Nabawi is performing this year as well at the Savannah Children’s Book Festival. Nabawi’s amazing storytelling has thrilled children for over the last 30 years. Nabawi is our guest of honor at the upcoming Savannah Quill book convention on March 11, 2017.
Dr. Dana L. Taylor will serve as the Official American Sign Language Interpreter for the 2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival. This will be Dr. Taylor’s eleventh year as the festival’s American Sign Language Interpreter, having been the principal interpreter and primary consultant since the festival’s interest in providing Sign Language interpreting services for Savannah’s deaf individuals and community. Dr. Taylor will also be interpreting for Nabawi. For more information about Dr. Taylor, please check out her bio here.Below is a question and answers interview we had with Nabawi about the upcoming festival.
SQ: Please talk about what you will be doing at the festival.
JN: Hi, Adam! At this year’s 2016 Savannah Children’s Book Festival, I will open the International Tent with an 11am interactive workshop for parents, teachers, children of all ages whom may have always wanted to do storytelling as a performance or reading aloud to an audience in a way to engage people, especially children. The workshop is called Bringing Storybooks Alive: Let’s Make the Animals Talk! More details and the International Tent schedule can be found at http://www.booksforgrowingminds.com
SQ: How many years have you been going?
JN: Actually, this past August 26, 2016 made exactly thirty years to the day when I first stepped out on a stage in Philly to tell tales and stories to a community of retirees and their grandchildren.
SQ: Please tell the readers about your history of how you became a storyteller.
JN: Briefly, I had just returned home from having lived in Guadalajara, Jalisco Mexico for several years and wanted to see what was up and going on in Philly that weekend. The Philadelphia Museum of Art was featuring a well-known African Griot (Storyteller and much more), Djimo Kouyate, from Senegal, West Africa. I went to go see it and was quite impressed and inspired by his engaging storytelling and use of various African instruments. The following weekend, I saw that “the Official Storyteller of Philadelphia, Linda Goss, was being featured for a family program of storytelling at The Please Touch Museum. I went to see it and again, the high energy and how she was engaging the audience and getting the children and adults to participate (myself included) both in their seats and on stage I believe was the factor that really got me thinking and wondering if it was something I could. After the show, I introduced myself to Ms. Goss, she invited me to her workshop, took me under her wings as a mentee and, as we all say, the rest is history. I credit her for really having gotten me involved with storytelling on a professional level. The longer version of this story will be in my book, I Tell Tales, forthcoming in March, 2017.
SQ: Please tell the readers about your upcoming book.
JN: Apart from I Tell Tales, first the most recent is Why Spiders Hide in Corners (Ananse Makes It So!). Now having some experience under my belt, my mentor Ms. Goss invited me to submit a story for the book she was doing for a Simon and Schuster publication, Talk That Talk: An Anthology of African and African American Storytelling. My first “stand alone” self-published book, it can now be found in Spanish, French and Mandarin Chinse thanks to some friends and is currently in Amazon’s global markets. However, I’m really excited about a series I’ve named Three Tales Tall. Each book will feature a combination of either three stories, folktales or both that I either retell, adapt for performances or write anew. Available next month are: Three Tales Tall: Sungurah ~ The Great Wall of China~ Bruh Rabbit; and Three Tales Tall: Sun and Moon ~ Life ~ Justice Prevails. Both volumes featuring stories from China, Ethiopia, Kenya and the Southeastern United States.
SQ: What do you say to aspiring story tellers and authors?
JN: Follow your interests and a model/style of storytelling and story-writing, a mentor; check out the various storytellers and make conversation with those you connect with; like-mindness is cool. Some of these may lead you to your niche where you feel more like yourself. Influences are alright as long as within that you find your own voice and vision to where you can say, “this feels more like me.”
For more information about J’miah Nabawi go to www.jmiahnabawi.com
Thank you everyone who supported our Let’s Can Hunger Fall Festival on November 5, 2016. We were able to raise hundreds of canned goods, and toys. The food went to Bloomingdale’s Food pantry, and the toys went to a local church’s giving tree.
I want to thank George and Tina Foley, and family for all of their hard work to make the Bloomingdale Homecoming an incredible success. Thanks to their partnership with me, we hosted a tremendously successful event that can help a lot of people in the community. I also want to thank Mayor Ben Rozier for opening the ceremonies with a great patriotic speech encouraging people to get out and vote.
Let’s Can Hunger started in 2011 as a grass roots food and support drive to help the West Broad Street YMCA. In the years since then, I have partnered with local businesses to raise canned goods. I can thank my Mom and my Dad for this because they helped me to volunteer at my church’s food pantry when I was 13. I used to help as a stock clerk, loading and unloading groceries, breaking down boxes, sweeping floors, or whatever the pantry asked me to do.
We hosted a successful food drive in the spring thanks to partnering with Tony & Robyn Privette, from Land of Misfit Toys, and family by sponsoring the Let’s Can Hunger at the 2016 Savannah Mega Comic Con. We raised hundreds of canned goods that were donated directly to Loaves of Fishes in Pooler, and to the Bloomingdale food pantry.
Bloomingdale Bears’ Homecoming combined with the Let’s Can Hunger Fall festival, bringing hundreds of people to the event. We had dozens of vendors with a huge assortment of goods and services. There were crafting vendors, bakers, clothes vendors, book sellers, jewelry vendors, personal care vendors, toys, and even the folks from Guyton Paranormal Society, helping people discuss unknown and unnatural events.
I had the awesome opportunity to discuss the Savannah Quill and Let’s Can Hunger on The Bridge WSAV show on Friday, November 4, 2016 thanks to Kim Gusby and Reneé LaSalle. you can watch the segment here.
With the focus on helping the community raise non-perishable foods, school supplies and cloths, and toys for the holidays, we also wanted to get a head start on fitness goals. John Williams, from Fabricated Fitness, gave a free fitness bootcamp to get folks started. Sheena Allen, from HYPE Fit with Sheena, gave a free Zumba party.
We would like to welcome Author Seth Greenwood to The Savannah Quill!