Book Festival bring authors, books to Bluffton

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COURTESY BLUFFTON BOOK FESTIVAL

Bookworms will be thrilled with the schedule of activities for the 2018 Bluffton Book Festival, set for Nov. 15-17.

The festival begins with a series of writing workshops Nov. 15 at Bluffton Boundary, 21 Boundary St. Registration costs vary from $15 to $25.

At 4:30, a free lecture, entitled "Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy," will be held at the Bluffton Library. Several contributing writers to that book will be on hand to discuss and sign books.

Lectures and workshops continue Nov. 16.

New this year is a keynote address to kick off the festival. Sandra Brown, who has 60 New York Times best sellers to her credit, will address attendees at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Sonesta Resort on Hilton Head Island.

Earlier that day, at 11:30 a.m. Misty Copeland and Kenny Leon will share a conversation with Andrea Gannon at the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina. Copeland is an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer; Leon is the first African American director to win a Tony Award.

That evening is the signature VIP Featured Author Reception: Books, Bourbon and Brew, to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oscar Frazier Park, 11 Recreation Court in Bluffton.

The event will include dinner with featured authors, book signings and a Q&A.

Authors will take to the street - Calhoun Street - Nov. 17 from 10 am to 3 p.m. for the free outdoor segment of the festival.

Featured authors are Lisa Black, John Gilstrap, Sallie Ann Robinson, Jenny Hersch, Charreah Jackson, with another two dozen local and regional authors attending.

Writers will offer readings and book signings all day. Attendees will be able to meet the authors and purchase copies of their books.

New this year is a Kids' Corner, featuring a book-making class, arts and crafts, life-size games, and a performance by local musician and new author Jevon Daly.

Food, beverages and wares from local vendors will be available for sale.

A portion of the proceeds raised during the three-day event will benefit two non-profit organizations: The Literacy Center (TLC) in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).

With the help of TLC, thousands of adults and children have been equipped with reading and writing skills; and through Binc, booksellers are provided with financial support for natural disasters, medical bills, and domestic violence situations among other needs.

For more information about the festival, including a full schedule of events, visit blufftonbookfestival.com or call 843-707-6409.

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