BLUFFTON, S.C. (WTOC) - The Fifth Annual Bluffton Book Festival is expanding from one weekend in November to events spread out over the course of three months.
All of the author events and writers workshops are also going completely virtual.
“We typically cannot invite those major authors because their books have already been published," festival founder Rockelle Henderson said. "What’s been great is we’ve just been able to kind of pivot and see, ‘Oh, well that book is releasing in September? We’ll have an event in September!’ Because it’s virtual and anyone can attend.”
This year, The Bluffton Book Festival has landed James Patterson. The bestselling author will be featured in the Children’s Lit category, discussing the book about Muhammad Ali’s Childhood he co-wrote with Kwame Alexander.
“We have Pulitzer-winning author Edward P. Jones leading an exclusive workshop for just 15 writers, and I’m over the moon to have actor, director, producer Eriq La Salle. Most people know him from ‘Coming to America’ and ‘ER,’ but he’s also the Executive Producer of ‘Chicago PD.’ So, very excited, and he writes thrillers.”
The Bluffton Book Festival will run from September 17 to November 21 with both free and paid, ticketed events. Proceeds support The Literacy Center in Beaufort County.
Fiction Keynote Speaker & Author Panel: Thursday, September 17
The festival kicks off on September 17 with Susan Abulhawa doing a reading, interview and Q & A about her latest book “The Loveless World.” The novel tells the story of a Palestinian refugee forced to make difficult decisions to support herself and her family.
“I like for our readers and listeners and viewers to discover something different," festival founder Rockelle Henderson said." We can always go and pick up our typical fiction books that we like, but it’s always good to expand the mind.”
“I’m interested in the lives of women," Abulhawa said. "I’m interested in the lives of people who are pushed to live on the margins of society.”
The event begins at 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, it continues with an author panel. Tickets cost $35.
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