SC Book Festival highlights

May 15, 2013 

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The S.C. Book Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. Admission is free.

Make your own book festival master schedule

It can be tough to pick and choose among the authors and workshops at the S.C. Book Festival. (Would that you could be in two places at once!) So your best approach might be to print out the two-day schedule of events posted at www.scbookfestival .org, pull out a highlighter and make a personal master schedule.

Remember: If you want to meet a particular author, the place to do that is at a scheduled signing. Those usually take place in the exhibit hall after an author’s workshop. If you want to be first in line, you’ll have to have friends in high places or sneak out at the end of a session. (Not that we’d advise such unfeeling behavior . . .)

Sometimes, too, authors hang out in their publishers’ booths. It’s worth a look.

(Ron Rash spent time in the Hub City booth last year.)

Herewith, a sprinkling of highlights chosen to stress the breadth of this year’s festival:

Saturday, May 18

10 a.m. Kathryn Hewitt (“Snow”), Denise Hildreth Jones (“Secrets Over Sweet Tea”) and Marybeth Whalen (“The Guest Book”) will discuss Christian fiction during the session “Got Faith?” Moderator: Sue Duffy (“Red Dawn Rising”). Lexington Meeting Room A

Dinah Johnson (editor and children’s author), Janna McMahan (novelist), Ron Rash (novelist and poet), George Singleton (novelist) and Marjory Wentworth (state poet laureate) will discuss their canine companions. Moderator: Betsy Teter of Hub City Press, which this year published “Literary Dogs & Their South Carolina Authors.” Richland Meeting Rooms A and B

11:20 a.m. Authors Cindy Boiter (“Blackberries for BMWs”), Ken Burger (“Where Dreams Rise and Fall”), Pat Conroy (book foreword), Dot Jackson (“Remembering Keowee: The View Through the Bridge”) and Sandra Johnson (“The Solace of Sycamores”) will wax reminiscent about their favorite places in South Carolina – those they describe in “State of the Heart,” published this year by USC Press. Moderator: book editor Aida Rogers. Lexington Meeting Room A

Festival headliners Mary Kay Andrews (“Savannah Breeze,” “Hissy Fit”)” and Patti Callahan Henry (“And Then I Found You,” “Losing the Moon”) will reveal the art of writing “page turners” in Lexington Meeting Rooms A, B and C. Moderator: Sharman Burson Ramsey (“Swimming With Serpents”)

12:40 p.m. Lynne Blackman (“Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection”), Leo Twiggs (“Messages from Home: The Art of Leo Twiggs”) and Mary Whyte (“Down Bohicket Road”) will discuss “Spirit and Culture Captured in Art” in Carolina Meeting Room A. Moderator: Alexander Moore (“Fabric of Liberty: The Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina”)

2 p.m. The works and words of artist Jonathan Green will provide the inspiration for poets Ed Madden, Ray McManus, Susan Laughter Meyers and Marjory Wentworth in Carolina Meeting Room A. Moderator: poet Charlene Spearen

4:10 p.m. For the first time, the S.C. Book Festival will recognize authors who pursue the booming opportunity of self-publishing. CreateSpace, an Amazon company, will hold a reception for such authors in the exhibit hall to talk about the future of such writing and publishing.

Sunday, May 19

Noon: Author and illustrator Herman Parish will discuss the confusing life of children’s heroine and maid Amelia Bedelia. Richland Meeting Rooms A and B

1:15 p.m. Young-adult authors Amy Carol Reeves (“Ripper”), J.E. Thompson (“The Girl From Felony Bay”) and Wes Phelan (“Soul of the Beast”) will tell how they capture the imaginations of teen readers in Carolina Meeting Room B.

Food-related events at the book festival

Check out these food-related events during the South Carolina Book Festival at Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center this weekend. All events are free unless noted.

Friday, 2-3:30 p.m., writing workshop with Shari Stauch, It’s A Blog-Eat-Blog World: How to find and connect with your audience; $30 per person, Carolina Meeting Room B. Follow the link at or call (803) 771-2477.

Saturday, 12:40-1:30 p.m., Patricia Moore-Pastides, her new book is “Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life;” Lexington Meeting Room A

Saturday, 2-2:50 p.m., To Be Southern: How Sweet It Is! Rock-n-Roll, Sweet Tea and the Shag with Ken Burger, John Jeter, Tom Poland and Jackie Cooper; Richland Meeting Room C

Saturday, 3:20-4:10 p.m., Anne Byrn demonstrates recipes from “Unbelievably Gluten-Free;” Lexington Meeting Room A

Saturday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Richland Library Friends hosts The Literary Vine, an evening of wine, beer, food, authors and entertainment at the Richland Library main branch (corner of Assembly and Hampton streets). Tickets $30 for Friends, $40 for nonmembers. Available online or (803) 988-0885 or (803) 929-3475

Sunday, noon-12:50 p.m., Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart demonstrate recipes from “Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking” (winner of the 2013 James Beard Foundation Book Award in the American Cooking category). Lexington Meeting Room B

Sunday, 2:20-3:10 p.m., Laura Aboyan, “Food: A History of Cuisine in the Famously Hot City;” Carolina Meeting Room B

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