Rockelle Henderson, Founder of the Bluffton Book Festival, has decided to expand this year’s event to run over the course of three days, which will allow her to spotlight the talent of twice as many authors than did appear last year.
The festivities kick off on Thursday, November 16th with a partnership with The Pat Conroy Literary Center to bring a lecture series inspired by the late iconic and celebrated writer to the Bluffton Library. On Friday, November 17th, the Bluffton Boundary and the Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce will host workshops for writers and readers. Also, on that Friday evening there will be a VIP Meet The Authors Reception sponsored by Outback Steakhouse® in Bluffton, held on their private terrace. Tickets for the VIP event are limited and will go on sale through CitySpin.com in mid October. All proceeds from the VIP event will go to charity. On Saturday, November 18th, the public is invited to come out from 10:00am to 4:00pm to Calhoun Street in Historic Old Town Bluffton to meet and hear from authors, and purchase signed copies of their books; to bring their children for story time and face painting; and enjoy food and wares from local and regional vendors. Those in attendance will also have the chance to participate in fun games and giveaways through various drawings.
Literary talent scheduled to appear at the 2nd annual Bluffton Book Festival include:
· New York Times bestselling authors Mary Kay Andrews, Mary Alice Monroe, Mary B. Morrison, Patti Callahan-Henry, and C.J. Lyons
· Local favorites Cassandra King Conroy, Bernie Schein, Ellen Malphrus, James McTeer
· And many more
A portion of the proceeds raised during the three-day event will benefit two non-profit organizations: The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc) and The Literacy Center (TLC) in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island. 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.