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New Collectible Archibald Rutledge Book Forthcoming in May 2014
Preorder your limited edition today!

Register Your Book Club with the South Carolina Book Festival
Receive special updates and giveaway opportunities by registering your book club with us!

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.


Exhibitors are gearing up for the 2014 SC Book Festival!

There are over 100 fun and interesting exhibitors registered for the 2014 SCBook Festival, including authors, small presses, book stores, literary nonprofits, antiquarian book dealers, and more!

Please click the link for a full list of exhibitors that are registered for the event.

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.




2014 Featured Authors and Presenters

The 2014 SCBook Festival has an amazing list of over 75 national and local authors and presenters who will be participating in the event. Check out the full list below!

2014 Authors and Presenters




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.

Image by artist Stephen Chesley

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

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

Saturday, May 18
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." 

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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