Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Big weekend ahead with the S.C. Book Festival

Posted 5/13/2013 6:09:00 PM

This weekend is a huge one in Columbia. The Humanities Council S.C. is hosting The South Carolina Book Festival May 17–19.

The weekend will kick off with an opening reception at the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library and continue at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in the heart of downtown. If you love books or love to write, this is the ideal weekend for you. Visitors will be able to gorge themselves on everything literary, from writing workshops to book signings to panel conversations with South Carolina authors.

I recently spoke with Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina’s poet laureate, at a party, and she told me that she is particularly looking forward to the “Literary Dogs” event Saturday morning. For this, Wentworth will be a panelist along with Dinah Johnson, Janna McMahan, Ron Rash, and George Singleton (who taught me how to turn a phrase back when I was a teenager!) The group will discuss a collection of essays entitled “Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Writers.” For this book, 25 South Carolina-based writers tell stories about their beloved pets in tones that range from sweet, irreverent, resigned, thankful and more.

Other highlights include “Pat Conroy Presents,” with Maggi Schein, a reading of “Nothing Gold Can Stay: Stories,” with Ron Rash, and “To be Southern: How Sweet it Is! Rock-N-Roll, Sweet Tea, and the Shag.”

The S.C. Book Festival is held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Admission is free. For a complete schedule of events, please visit the festival webpage at