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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival 

When: Nov. 7-10 2019
Price: Prices vary
Three cheers for the written word. The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, inspired by an annual lit fest that takes place at the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England, is back for its third year this November. This year’s headliner, Joyce Carol Oates, the award-winning author of 58 novels, joins an impressive lineup of other famed authors, academics, and historians. The three day festival features a variety of lectures and discussions and receptions, with a chance to chat with the visiting speakers. In a press release the festival’s executive director Leah Rhyne says, “Charleston to Charleston celebrates the power of the written word to shape our thoughts and actions. We love the mix of famous writers and emerging voices who will participate in these intimate events, and encourage all of our fans to discover their next favorite author at the festival.” If you aren’t familiar with this year’s keynote speaker, you may very well be living under a rock. The wildly prolific author is perhaps best known for novels like We Were the Mulvaneys, The Falls, Blonde, and Black Water. Additional speakers include: Pulitzer Prize winner David Blight, author of Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom; Pulitzer Prize runner-up (this lineup is legit, y’all) Rebecaa Makkai who will discuss her book The Great Believers, a “life-affirming examination of how the AIDS crisis affected an entire community in 1980s Chicago;” Bart van Es who will tell fest attendees about his quest to piece together the story, The Cut Out Girl, about one hidden child in 1940s Nazi and how her escape to Holland changed many lives; and more. The festival isn’t all books — Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary The Price of Everything “shows how the world’s financial sausage gets made.” The screening will be introduced by Kahn and followed by a discussion with art world experts who consider the relationship between creativity, passion, and today’s market-based society. Learn more about the festival and buy tickets (individual event tickets start at $25) online at


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