The 15th annual South Carolina Book Festival will be held May 14 and 15, 2011 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in downtown Columbia, SC.   I have been to 3 of the festivals and I truly enjoy the event.  Each year the festival seems to get bigger and better.

Information that I received from the sponsoring organization, the Humanities Council SC, predicts that this year’s festival will top its largest previous attendance of 6500, which was achieved last year.  The organizers are hard at work lining up authors and exhibitors to be at the festival.  Last year’s festival drew more than ninety booksellers.  It is so much fun to walk through the exhibit hall and look at the books and meet with both the publishers and the authors.

Often, at a festival the size of South Carolina’s, you will find both large, well known publishers and smaller presses that may be new to you.  I have found it to be especially interesting to talk with the representatives of the smaller presses and the authors associated with them as you get to see quality books that you might not have otherwise been aware of.  Throughout the two day festival, there will times when you can get books autographed by the author, whether at the scheduled autograph times for featured books or when you meet an author who is working at his/her publisher’s exhibit.

The festival will have numerous conferences and workshops, featuring authors as speakers and featuring classes on writing and getting yourself published.  It is my understanding that all of the workshops on Saturday May 15 are free of charge.

Late in the Fall, I received a letter from the Humanities Council SC, which was promoting the 2011 Festival.  Quoting from the letter, they wrote “The festival has proven to be a fun gathering for writers and readers, as well as a treasure chest of books with more ninety booksellers gathered from throughout the United States.”   Further on in the letter, it is stated that “whether you like a romantic novelist, mystery writer, poet, or a marvelous historian of South Carolina and the South, there is a writer and literary genre available for everyone.”   There are also always authors and illustrators of books for children at the festival. 

I am certainly looking forward to the 2011 SC Book Festival.  I hope you will join me there and bring friends.  Visit the website for further information.  The website will be updated as the festival dates draws nearer.  If you are a potential author or exhibitor who would like to be involved, there is information for you on the website.  Also, if you would like to support the festival financially, there is information on the website for making tax deductible donations.

I hope to see you in Columbia, SC May 14th and 15th as we find more books to read and learn more about writing! 

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