Southern Literary Festival

A celebration of Southern culture through the literary works of a number of authors from around the Southeast

What is it? A celebration of Southern culture through the literary works of a number of authors from around the Southeast. The festival wraps up with a soiree on May 31 at 5 p.m.

Why see it? It’s a chance to hear the voices of the keepers of southern memory. Bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will present a lecture on “A Sense of Place: The Power of Landscape in Southern Literature.” Cookbook authors Nathalie Dupree and Catherine Forrester and writer Barbara Hagerty will lead a discussion on Charleston cuisine. Oliver Bowman and Harriet Rigney will discuss “Poetry and Parties in the Roaring Twenties.” Margaret Bradham Thornton will present “Between the Lines: Editing the Notebooks of Tennessee Williams.” Jack Hitt and Dr. Richard Porcher will discuss the South’s environmental holocaust, and Carolina rice and Sea Island cotton, respectively. And Sue Monk Kidd will discuss southern spirituality.

Who should go? Locals and tourists, and anyone else interested in the literary, culinary, and cultural heritage of the South.

PICCOLO SPOLETO • $15 • 1 hour 30 min. • May 29-31, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. • Charleston Library Society, 164 King St. • (888) 374-2656

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