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The Strange Birds of

Flannery O'Connor: A Life

Author and Illustrator Event


Meet the author, Amy Alznauer, illustrator, Ping Zhu, and publisher, Claudia Zoe Bedrick, behind the new picture book biography: The Strange Birds of Flannery O'Connor. They will discuss both the making of this book and Flannery's little known but fascinating early career as an author and illustrator herself. Books will be available for purchase.

This event is free and open to the public. Events take place in the parlor at the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home on Lafayette Square. Space is limited.

HALF Birthday Parade and Street Fair
September 27, 2020, 1:00-4:00pm
Lafayette Square
Directly between St John the Baptist Cathedral and the Flannery O'Connor Childhood Home on Abercorn Street between East Charlton and East Harris Streets.

This lively celebration of acclaimed author and Savannah native Flannery O'Connor's HALF birthday will offer free family fun, live music, a wacky parade, coffee/tea/cake, and more! A bevy of local authors will present their writings and vendors will share vintage, custom, a creatively crafted wares. As always chicken-poop bingo will be a highlight for the kiddos.

You'll also be welcomed to visit the Flannery O'Connor Home free to get a sense for our Flannery's Depression-era childhood. Take this opoortunity to shop the Home's expanded Flannery swag shop and sport your pride year 'round.

Live music throughout the event will be provided by a cavalcade of singer-songwriters and musicians from some of Savannah's finest local bands.

The parade starts at 3 p.m. Attendees are invited to walk in the parade, bring handmade signs and sing along. Music for the parade will be played by an all-star line up of the Sweet Thunder Strolling Band. 

Costumes inspired by Flannery O'Connor characters, settings or the author’s life are encouraged but optional. The parade is free and open to the public.

If you'd like to participate as a vendor or author, please contact foundation manager Cody at

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