The inaugural Deckle Edge Literary Festival will be held February 19-21, 2016, in Columbia, South Carolina. The weekend-long festival will feature readings, book signings, panel presentations, exhibitors, writers’ workshops, activities for children and young adult readers, and a wide range of other literary events for many interests and all ages. SC Humanities supported this event with a Mini Grant in October 2015 and a Fast Track Literary Grant in November 2015.
Deckle Edge has over 50 authors scheduled for the weekend festivities, including Nikky Finney, George Singleton, Kim Boykin, Carla Damron, Ed Madden, Majory Wentworth, and many more. In addition to readings and panel presentations, an “Eat&Greet” with authors is planned for Saturday, February 20th.
The Deckle Edge Literary Festival is built on the strong foundation of the South Carolina Book Festival, an event presented by SC Humanities in Columbia for 19 years. SC Humanities is now focusing on supporting a variety of literary programs that will take place throughout the year and in every corner of the state, including the new Deckle Edge event.
“This is Columbia’s literary festival,” said Deckle Edge co-chair Annie Boiter-Jolley, “but it’s also joining the larger conversation about literature of and in the South. We look forward to sharing our vision with writers and readers, and to hearing from them as to what Deckle Edge might become in future years.”
For more information about the Deckle Edge Literary Festival, visit the website at www.deckleedgesc.org.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 23-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.