Author Accolades

  • “You really know how to pamper your authors! Thanks for a fun (and profitable) weekend!” ~ Celia Rivenbark
  • “The SC Book Festival was one of the best organized and facilitated literary events I’ve ever attended. I’d recommend the festival to authors and booklovers.” ~ Tia McCollors
  • “The SC Book Festival just gets better and better each year – hurrah!” ~ Susan Meyers
  • “This was my first time attending the SC Book Festival, and I was impressed by the quality of authors and how well managed the event was.” ~ Lillian Lambert
  • “The SC Book Festival is the cream of the crop – tons of readers and writers across all genres – not to mention all of those books!” ~ Karen White
  • “This book festival has got it all together and is the ultimate in southern hospitality!” ~ Linda Annas Ferguson
  • “What a splendid celebration of writers and writing!  I am pleased with the festival’s expert coordination, ambiance, and spirit.” ~ Ronald Daise
  • “The best part is the people.” ~ J.D. Rhoades
  • “As an organizer of my own writing event, I understand the work that goes into coordinating an event of this caliber and I marvel at your thoughtful attention to so many details and so many writers.  I had an absolutely terrific experience, as a writer, as a poet laureate, and as a deep lover of authentic fun.” ~ Lisa Starr
  • “The world standard of Book Festivals!” ~ Jackie K. Cooper
  • “A thoroughly engaging and instructive literary event.” ~ A.J. Hartley
  • “I had a great time and would present here again.  Well-organized and friendly staff!  Good food!  Two thumbs up!” ~ Joni Tevis
  • “From start to finish a superbly organized book festival hosted by a gracious, professional staff.” ~ Peter Zheutlin
  • “The greatest part of the festival was how books were celebrated and authors were appreciated and encouraged.  The SC Book Festival was definitely a WOW experience for me.” ~ Ann Gabhart
  • “What’s not to like!  This is a special literary event not to be missed.” ~ Miriam Herin
  • “Quite simply, the SC Book Festival is a rockin’ good time!” ~ LD Russell
  • “I loved the opportunity the festival afforded me to meet and network with booklovers and professionals from libraries, publishing, and bookselling.  Who knows what great new books of the future will have their roots in the South Carolina Book Festival?” ~ Sue Stauffacher
  • “SC Book Festival puts the “festive” in festival!” ~ Cathy Pickens
  • “Superb experience.  Beautifully organized.” ~ Tito Perdue
  • “The perfect place for authors and readers to come together.” ~ Will Allison
  • “An excellent book festival for connecting with other writers and with readers.  Great fun!” ~ James Sheehan
  • “I don’t dance but I did at the Book Festival.” ~ Jason Ockert
  • “The South Carolina Book Festival is a wonderful venue to meet authors and hear about books.  Columbia is an ideal locale.”  ~ Vernon Burton
  • “The SC Book Festival was the perfect meeting ground for authors, librarians, book sellers, and book lovers!” ~ Mary Alice Monroe
  • “Authors get treated like royalty at the SC Book Festival!” ~ Alan Gratz
  • “If there’s an author heaven, this book festival will be in it!” ~ Lola Haskins
  • “I wanted to take up permanent residence.” ~ Tito Perdue
  • “The South Carolina Book Festival is a fertile blend of genres.  A publishing experience that has given a whole new creative surge for me.” ~ Jay Lake
  • “A place where words are embraced- BRAVO!  The most professionally run festival I’ve ever attended.” ~ Sean Thomas Dougherty
  • “Like a group hug between writers and readers!” ~ Sonny Brewer
  • “This festival is beautifully run. Staff and volunteers go all out to make the writers feel cherished.” ~Elise Weston, author of Coastwatcher
  • “A wonderful chance for the public to catch up on what’s going on in the South Carolina book world and literary scene—outstanding.” ~ Susan Meyers, author of Give and Take Away
  • “A terrific weekend for writers and readers. If you can’t have a good time here, check your pulse: you may be dead.” ~ Anonymous 2007 presenter
  • “The SC Book Festival should be the model for all other book festivals.” ~ Karin Gillespie, author of Dollar Daze
  • “The SC Book Festival is the best I’ve attended. Friendly, fun, and fascinating.” ~ James O. Born, author of Field of Fire
  • “South Carolina is fortunate indeed to have an active Humanities Council that’s deeply interested in promoting the written word. Authors at the SC Book Festival are treated like royalty—and who doesn’t want to be queen for a day!” ~ Lee G. Brockington, author of Plantation Between the Waters
  • “Tremendously well-organized.” ~ Jack Bass, author of Strom
  • “What a wonderful way to spend a weekend, surrounded by book-lovers.” ~ Melinda Long, author of Pirates Don’t Change Diapers
  • “Come to the SC Book Festival—be charmed.” ~ Bob Morris, author of Bermuda Schwartz
  • “The SC Book Festival was flawlessly executed from beginning to end. Hospitality for authors and presenters was exceptional.” ~ Mary E. Miller, author of Baroness of Hobcaw
  • “This is the most flawlessly organized festival it has ever been my privilege to attend.” ~ Cornelia Read, author of A Field of Darkness
  • “A great event full of entertaining authors and engaged readers, all with a wonderful, hospitable Southern touch. I had a great time.” ~ Michele Martinez, author of The Finishing School
  • “The organizers are to be applauded for their creation of an atmosphere of warmth, love, and appreciation which was reflected in easy camaraderie between the authors and empathy between authors and audience, which was in turn reflected in high book sales and the making of new friends out in the real world.” ~ Joanna Catherine Scott, author of The Road from Chapel Hill
  • “An exceptional place to meet authors and readers.” ~ Scott Reynolds Nelson, author of Steel Drivin’ Man
  • “I have never been treated with more hospitality and caring. Columbia is a city that loves books!” ~Mary Anna Evans, author of Effigies
  • “I was very impressed at the organization and quality of this festival!” ~Bob Raynor, author of Exploring Bull Island
  • “What a generous quality and quantity and diversity of writers—AND a marvelous turnout of interested people. What a nice thing for all of us! ~ Dot Jackson, author of Refuge
  • “What a wonderful privilege to be a part of a weekend done with such excellence and appreciation for the written word!” ~ Denise Hildreth, author of Flies on the Butter
  • “I’ve been to many conferences over the years, and I can say truthfully that the level of professionalism, courtesy, talent, and camaraderie of the SC Book Festival are unrivalled.” ~ Ken McCullough, author of Walking Backwards
  • “What an inspiring way to spend a literary weekend! After meeting, mixing, and hearing such wonderful authors speak, I am ready to get back home and put pencil to paper!” ~ Andrea Weathers, author of Hermy the Hermit Crab
  • “A beautifully planned festival! Every detail was thought out and attended to!” ~ Laura Durham, author of Better off Wed
  • “Congratulations on the fabulous book festival! It has it all: good books, good authors, good presentations, and a great time!” ~ Mary Alice Monroe, author of Sweetgrass.
  • “The SC Book Festival was incredibly well-organized with a wide range of diverse panel discussions, readings, and exhibits. What a wonderful experience fo anyone interested in books and writing.” ~ Gene Fehler, author of Tales From Baseball’s Golden Age
  • “The best event of its type ever, anywhere, because of the people! Great organization and a great help to writers.” ~ Gwen Hunter, author of Law of the Wild
  • “Really well organized, intellectually rich, and rewarding.” ~ Bill Ayers, author of Fugitive Days: A Memoir
  • “One of the best run, most well-attended book festivals anywhere.” ~ Hallie Ephron, author of Guilt and Obsessed
  • “South Carolina’s book festival is the best event going.” ~ Karen Spears Zacharias, author of Hero Mama.
  • “SC Book Festival offers a great mix of authors from all walks of life. A delight for readers and writers alike.” ~ Michelle Buckman, author of A Piece of the Sky
  • “The SC Book Festival is a top-notch event for authors and participants. There is great respect for all kinds of writing and a refreshing attention to every detail of each program!” ~ Chris Castellani, author of A Kiss for Maddalena
  • “It’s always a pleasure to participate in a well coordinated event. With sincerest thanks for your careful planning and thoughtful attention.” ~ Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays, authors of Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral
  • “It was a joy to participate in the 2006 SC Book Festival and to have the opportunity to interact with so many engaging, talented, and varied writers.” ~ Ellen Rachlin, author of Waiting for Here
  • “Being part of the SC Book Festival was a wonderful and valuable experience that I will always remember.” ~ Laurel Horton, author of Mary Black’s Family Quilts: Memory and Meaning in Everyday Life
  • “Excellent from start to finish—professionally run with real Southern hospitality—you’ve done South Carolina proud.” ~ anonymous