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New Collectible Archibald Rutledge Book Forthcoming in May 2014
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A Tribute to Paula Watkins
The former SCBook Festival Director moves to North Carolina to become the Executive Director of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

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2014 Writing Workshops

Previously called the "Master Classes in Writing," the Writing Workshops offered at the 2014 SCBook Festival will bring writers together with authors, publicists, publishers, and other industry professionals to learn about best practices in writing and publishing.

Three Writing Workshop classes are being offered on Friday, May 16, 2014, and three are being offered on Sunday, May 18, 2014. The Writing Workshop Classes on Friday, May 16, 2014 are ticketed and require registration, which can be done HERE. The classes on Sunday, May 18, 2014 are free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Volunteers Needed for the 2014 SC Book Festival

Volunteers are crucial to the success of the festival. Without a group of dedicated volunteers to help with everything from pre-festival office work to post-festival clean-up, the SCBook Festival would not be possible.

So if you love books or love to volunteer your time, please sign up to help at the 2014 SCBook Festival, May 16- 18, 2014  We need you!  To volunteer, please click here to register online, or volunteer forms are available for download by clicking here.

The Literary Vine - Saturday, May 17, 2014

Don't miss a great evening of wine, beer, food, authors and entertainment as the Richland Library Friends host from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 17!

Spread throughout the architecturally stunning Main Library on the corner of Assembly and Hampton Streets, the fifth annual wine and beer tasting event will utilize the entire layout of the library, offering guests a variety of different activities as they sample and learn about wine and beer. The event will feature several SCBook Festival authors.


2014 Schedule Has Been Posted!

The schedule of events for the 2014 SCBook Festival is up on the website! Find out when your favorite authors and presenters are speaking, and plan your visit to the festival!

2014 Schedule



SC Book Festival Preview Event Featuring Award-Winning Authors Therese Anne Fowler and Lee Smith

The Lexington County Public Library, Thomas Cooper Society, USC Press, and the SCBook Festival will present a special evening at the Lexington County Library on Thursday, May 16, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. This 2014 SCBook Festival Preview Event will feature award-winning authors Therese Anne Fowler (Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald) and Lee Smith (Guests on Earth) in discussion at the Lexington County Main Library. Light refreshments will be provided. Therese Anne Fowler and Lee Smith are both 2014 SCBook Festival featured presenters.


Register Your Book Club with the South Carolina Book Festival

The South Carolina Book Festival invites South Carolina book clubs to register with us to get early updates about featured authors and special events, to receive special invitations and opportunities, and to be entered for giveaways.




2014 SC Book Festival Opening Keynote Address - Christopher Buckley, Friday, May 16

The SCBook Festival and the University of South Carolina Press will present a special opening keynote address featuring award-winning author Christopher Buckley on Friday, May 16, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the University of South Carolina Law School Auditorium in Columbia, SC and is free and open to the public. Christopher Buckley is a political satirist and author of the novels Thank You for Smoking, Boomsday, and Supreme Courtship, among many others. His most recent book is But Enough About You, a collection of wide-ranging and witty essays.




New Collectible Archibald Rutledge Book Forthcoming in May 2014

Archibald Rutledge (1883-1973) was South Carolina’s most prolific writer and the state’s first poet laureate. His nature writings garnered him the prestigious John Burroughs medal. His short story "Claws" was written for publication in an early twentieth-century boy's magazine and has been unseen by readers for a century. A new collectible edition of Claws will be published by USC Press this spring, and proceeds will benefit the SCBook Festival.

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Nikki Giovanni - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Nikki Giovanni will appear on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the SCBook Festival:

Saturday, May 17
Richland Meeting Room
"Chasing Utopia"
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Poet, activist, mother, and Professor Nikki Giovanni was born June 7, 1943, in Knoxville, Tennessee. While a student at Fisk University, she re-established the campus’s Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) Chapter in 1965. Over the span of thirty years, Nikki has received nineteen honorary degrees from colleges and universities, and numerous achievement, humanitarian, and recognition awards including Woman of the Year for Ebony, Mademoiselle, Essence, and Ladies Home Journal magazines; YWCA Woman of the Year; Outstanding Woman of Tennessee Award; Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame induction; Outstanding Humanitarian Award, The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky; two Tennessee Governor’s Award in the Arts and in the Humanities; the Virginia Governor’s Award; Caldecott Honors for Rosa; and seven NAACP Image Awards. She was also the first recipient of the Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award.  Nikki Giovanni is a University Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA. She continues to read her work all across the country. 

Congressman James Clyburn in conversation with Walter Edgar - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Congressman James Clyburn will have a conversation with Walter Edgar about his memoir Blessed Experiences.

Saturday, May 17
Richland Meeting Room
"Blessed Experiences"
12:40 - 1:30 p.m.

James E. Clyburn has represented South Carolina’s sixth district in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993, and he currently serves as assistant Democratic leader of the House. He has been married to the former Emily England since June 1961, and they have three daughters, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren. The Congressman and his wife live in Columbia, South Carolina.

Walter Edgar  is Neuffer Professor of Southern Studies Emeritus and Distinguished Professor of History Emeritus and host of the popular SC-ETV Radio program, “Walter Edgar’s Journal." 

Joshilyn Jackson, Cassandra King, Karen White - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Bestselling authors Joshilyn Jackson, Cassandra King, and Karen White will appear together in a blockbuster panel on Saturday, May 17 at the SCBook Festival.

Saturday, May 17
Richland Meeting Room
"Compulsively Readable: Titans of Fiction"
11:20 a.m. - 12:10 p.m.

Joshilyn Jackson is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of six critically acclaimed novels, including gods in Alabama, A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty, and most recently Someone Else’s Love Story. Her work has been translated into a dozen languages. Jackson is also an award winning audio book narrator. She lives in Decatur, GA with her husband and their two children.

Cassandra King is the author of five novels, most recently the critically acclaimed Moonrise (2013), her literary homage to Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. Moonrise is a Fall 2013 Okra Pick and a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) bestseller. It has been described as “her finest book to date.”

Karen White is the award-winning author of sixteen previous books, including After the Rain, The Time Between, Folly Beach, Falling Home, and such Tradd Street novels as The Strangers on Montagu Street and The Girl on Legare Street. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.



Gail Godwin - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Gail Godwin will appear on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the SCBook Festival:

Saturday, May 17
Richland Meeting Room
"The Old Writer: Working on the Ending"
2:00 - 2:50 p.m.

Gail Godwin, three-time National Book Award finalist, is the bestselling author of twelve critically acclaimed novels, including Violet Clay, Father Melancholy’s Daughter, Evensong, The Good Husband, and Evenings at Five. She is also the author of The Making of a Writer, her journal in two volumes (with editor Rob Neufeld). She has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts grants, and the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She lives in Woodstock, New York.

Ron Rash and Lee Smith - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Award-winning authors Ron Rash and Lee Smith with have a conversation about their work on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Saturday, May 17
Lexington Meeting Room A
"Southern Accents"
10:00 - 10:50 a.m.

Ron Rash is the author of The Cove and of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel, Serena, in addition to three other prizewinning novels, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

Lee Smith--a native of Grundy, VA-- is the author of 16 works of fiction including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and a collection of stories, Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger.   Her latest novel Guests on Earth was published October 2013.  She has received many awards including the North Carolina Award for Literature and an Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; her novel The Last Girls was a New York Times bestseller as well as winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. 


Wiley Cash, Jon Sealy, and George Singleton on Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Award-winning authors Wiley Cash, Jon Sealy, and George Singleton will appear on a panel on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Saturday, May 17
Richland Room
"Southern Fiction Revival"
3:20 - 4:10 p.m.

A Gastonia native, Cash is returning to his North Carolina roots this fall when he and his wife move to Wilmington. He holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he studied fiction writing under Ernest J. Gaines. He has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Jon Sealy is the author of The Whiskey Baron (Hub City Press, 2014). A native of upstate South Carolina, he is currently a freelance writer in Richmond, Virginia.

George Singleton has published six collections of stories--These People Are Us, The Half-Mammals of Dixie, Why Dogs Chase Cars, Drowning in Gruel, Stray Decorum, and Between Wrecks.  His two novels are Novel and Workshirts for Madmen, and his one book of writing advice is Pep Talks, Warnings, and Screeds.  Singleton’s nearly 200 published short stories have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, Book, Playboy, Zoetrope, Georgia Review, and elsewhere.  His work has been anthologized in ten issues of New Stories of the South--the Year’s Best, plus in a number of other anthologies.  A 2009-10 Guggenheim fellowship recipient, Singleton received the 2011 Hillsdale Award from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and was inducted in the South Carolina Academy of Authors in 2010.  He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College, in Spartanburg, SC.

Science and Supernatural in YA Fiction Panel - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Noted young adult novelists Jessica Khoury, Megan Miranda, and Megan Shepherd will appear together on a panel on "Science and Supernatural in YA Fiction" on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

Saturday, May 17
Lexington Meeting Room A
"Science and Supernatural in YA Fiction"
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Jessica Khoury is of Syrian and Scottish descent and was born in Toccoa, Georgia. She is the author of Origin and Vitro.

Megan Miranda is the author of Fracture, Hysteria, and Vengeance. She spends a great deal of time thinking about the "why" and "how" of things, which leads her to get carried away daydreaming about the "what-ifs." Megan has a degree in Biology from MIT and currently lives near Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and two young children. 

Megan Shepherd grew up in her family’s independent bookstore in the Blue Ridge Mountains. The travel bug took her from London to Timbuktu and many places in between, though she ended up back in North Carolina with her husband, two cats, and a scruffy dog. The Madman’s Daughter and Her Dark Curiosity are her first novels.

25 Years of Children's Books - Saturday, May 17 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Noted illustrator Wendell Minor and children's book author Florence Minor will appear together on Saturday, May 17.

Saturday, May 17
Lexington Meeting Rom B
"25 Years of Children's Books"
3:20 - 4:10 p.m.

A former film editor for ABC News, Florence works with her husband Wendell Minor creating books that entertain, teach and inspire children.   She manages the business aspects of their studio as well as writing books that Wendell illustrates. “If You Were a Penguin” was chosen by Pennsylvania for their “One Book” Literacy Program, and “If You Were a Panda Bear” celebrating the eight species of bears was a Summer 2013 Kids’ Indies Next List selection.

Wendell Minor is nationally known for the cover artwork he has created for books by Pat Conroy, Fannie Flagg and David McCullough, among others. He has illustrated fifty four children’s books, collaborating with Jean Craighead George, Charlotte Zolotow, Robert Burleigh, Mary Higgins Clark and astronaut Buzz Aldrin.   He has authored six books of his own. “Wendell Minor’s America,” a retrospective featuring 25 years of his children’s book art, is on exhibit at the Norman Rockwell Museum.


Mary Alice Monroe at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Award-winning author Mary Alice Monroe will appear in several sessions at the 2014 SCBook Festival, including a presentation on "The Summer Wind" on Sunday, May 18.

Sunday, May 18
Richland Meeting Room
"The Summer Wind: Lowcountry Summer Trilogy"
1:30 - 2:20 p.m.

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of sixteen novels and two children's books.  Mary Alice writes richly textured books that delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and the parallels between the land and life.

Monroe’s novels are published worldwide.  She has achieved many lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA.  She has received numerous awards, including Readers’ Choice, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book.  The Butterfly’s Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.  Monroe is a nominee for RT Bookclub Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy.  She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events.  Monroe is also a frequent contributor to magazines and online blogs.


Story River Books Presents A Southern Girl - Sunday, May 18 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

John Warley's A Southern Girl is the first publication from Story River Books, the new fiction imprint from USC Press, and has been described as "a stunning achievement." Pat Conroy is the editor-at-large for Story River Books, and bestselling novelist Therese Anne Fowler wrote the foreward. All three authors will appear together on Sunday, May 18 at the SCBook Festival.

Sunday, May 18
Richland Meeting Room
"Story River Books Presents John Warley with Pat Conroy and Therese Anne Fowler"
12:20 - 1:10 p.m.

John Warley, a native South Carolinian, is a graduate of the Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. He practiced law in Virginia until 1993 when he moved to Mexico to write and teach. Now a full-time writer, Warley divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. A Southern Girl is his third novel and fourth book, and the first book in Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint.

A Southern Girl begins with Coleman and Elizabeth Carter, an upper-middle-class southern couple on the cusp of adopting a Korean infant daughter into their family. With a wife and two biological sons, Coleman seems set to fulfill his promise as a trial lawyer, husband, and father until his wife, Elizabeth, suggests the adoption of a Korean orphan, thereby not only estranging his conservative parents and childhood upbringing, but calling upon him to embrace the unknown as fully and completely as he embraces the familiar and the traditional. Set against the backdrop of South of Broad Charleston, A Southern Girl critiques the Old South notions of purity of blood and familial lines still deeply embedded in the New South as well.

Christopher Paul Curtis - Sunday, May 18 at the 2014 SC Book Festival

Award-winning author Christopher Paul Curtis will present on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at the SCBook Festival.

Sunday, May 18
Richland Meeting Room
"An Afternoon with Christopher Paul Curtis"
2:40 - 3:30 p.m.

Christopher Paul Curtis is the award-winning author of The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, Bud Not Buddy, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, Mr. Chickee’s Messy Mission, Bucking the Sarge, and his most recent The Mighty Miss Malone. His second novel, Bud, Not Buddy, is the first book ever to receive both the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award.

SCBook Festival is a program of The Humanities CouncilSC. THCSC funds, promotes, and coordinates various humanities endeavors including: exhibits, documentaries, research, planning, workshops, dramatizations, and lectures.

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