South Carolina Book Festival takes place May 16-18

The South Carolina Arts Commission is again happy to sponsor the SCBook Festival, organized by The Humanities CouncilSC.  One of the largest literary events in South Carolina, the festival features presentations by renowned national and local authors, book signings, an Antiquarian Book Fair, exhibitors, book sales and appraisals, children’s events, and more. The festival takes place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

And even better: it is free and open to the public!

On Saturday and Sunday, more than 80 regional and national authors, poets, and presenters will appear, including poet Nikki Giovanni and authors Pat Conroy, Cassandra King, Mary Alice Monroe, Ron Rash and George Singleton. More than 100 exhibitors will participate, including local, regional and national book dealers, antiquarians, publishers, independent presses, writer’s collectives, individual writers and nonprofit organizations. Saturday hours are 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon until 4:30 p.m.

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 and is free and open to the public. 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.

Five Writing Workshop classes are being offered on Friday, May 16, and three are being offered on Sunday, May 18. The Friday Writing Workshop classes are ticketed and require registration. Registration is $30 per person. The Sunday workshops are free and open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register for the Friday classes, and to view the complete schedule and the list of authors and exhibitors, visit the SCBook Festival website.

Via: South Carolina Book Festival