May 16, 2014

6 reasons to go to SC Book Festival

Go Columbia for May 16: The SC Book Festival starts today

Six reasons why you should attend the South Carolina Book Festival

The South Carolina Book Festival kicks off a literary weekend on Friday, May 16. Here’s why you should make it a point to stop by.

1. Your children will have a blast. Really. “Although it was originally created as an event for adults, the SC Book Festival has significantly increased its programming for children over the last few years to encourage literacy,” says festival director TJ Wallace. “There is now a Children’s Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday of the festival where we’ll offer performances, readings, crafts, balloon art and more.”

2. Award-winning author and satirist Christopher Buckley is giving the opening keynote address on Friday, May 16. It’s free and open to the public.

3. On Saturday, May 17, Pat Conroy will appear with his brothers, Jim, Mike, and Tim Conroy, and his sister, Kathy Harvey, for “A Conroy Family Roundtable.” This will be the first time that the siblings have appeared together at a festival venue.

4. The list of guests is pretty spectacular. “One of our 2014 featured presenters is Jason Mott, the author of “The Returned,” which is the basis for the ABC television series “Resurrection,” Wallace said.

5. You can figure out what to do with the Great American Novel that you’ve been planning and planning to write: the festival will be holding a number of writing workshops.

6. Since there will be more than 90 authors on hand at the Book Festival and Father’s Day is around the corner, you can surprise your father with a signed, personalized copy of a book by one of his favorite authors.

Most of the Book Festival events will take place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia. For more information, visit scbookfestival.org. The event runs through Sunday.

Katie McElveen, Special to The State

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