By Anna Robertson

This Saturday, Oct. 7, the Savannah Quill will host over thirty authors at its annual book festival at the Savannah National Guard Armory.

What started off as a small book convention designed to include indie authors has grown into a festival featuring special guests, panel discussions, a paranormal-themed mini-con and Savannah’s first Potterfest. The Savannah Quill has partnered with the Live Oak Public Libraries to raise money and awareness of the educational opportunities that the local library can provide.

There will be around thirty authors and guests speaking at panels at the Savannah Quill. A few authors include Timothy Morris from TNM Publishing, Patrick Burns from TruTV’s “Haunting Evidence” and Marley Gibson, author of “Ghost Huntress.” These authors will participate in panels, with discussions ranging from publishing, illustration and writing.

As well as the literary panels, there is a small gathering for those who are interested in learning about one of the most haunted cities in the world. The Paranormal Mini-Con is taking place during the Savannah Quill. There will be a panel of authors specializing in horror and ghost hunters that will talk about the paranormal experience.

The Savannah Potterfest starts at 2 p.m. with trivia. The Sorting Hat from the infamous Harry Potter books will be the special, magical guest. It will sort contestants into their respective houses and then the teams will compete in difficult trivia questions about the series. After the trivia, there will be a Harry Potter-themed costume contest, one for adults and one for children. Prizes for these contests range from an illustrated copy of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” to pop figures to cookies donated by Mimi’s Custom Cookies.

Adam Messer is the coordinator of the Savannah Quill. The Savannah Quill is his way to “get people excited about reading.” This book festival is also good for SCAD students that want to go into publishing, writing or even illustration; Messer says the festival helps “peel back the layers” of book publishing.

To Messer, the people are the best part of the festival, and he encourages artists, writers and even literary enthusiasts to “come out and have a great time…make new friends…geek out. You can meet up with other people that like those things too.”

Admission for the Savannah Quill Book Festival is $10 for adults, $5 for SCAD students with ID and free for children. A portion of the proceeds from the festival go to the Live Oak Public Libraries. The goal for this year is to raise $1,000 for the public libraries.

This exciting, entertaining festival will take place tomorrow at 1248 Eisenhower Drive.