2017 Southern Author Festival

The Greenville County Library System will present the 3rd annual Southern Author Festival on Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville. There will also be several preliminary events starting Tuesday, September 12 and leading up to the Saturday festival. The theme for 2017 is “Southern Foodways.” SC Humanities helped support this festival with a Fast Track Literary Grant in May 2017.

The Southern Author Festival will feature two noted authors on Saturday, September 16. Alice Randall is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Wind Done Gone, Pushkin and the Queen of Spades, Rebel Yell, and Ada’s Rules. With her daughter Caroline Randall Williams, she has published the  young adult novel The Diary of B.B. Bright, Possible Princess and the cookbook Soul Food Love. Ashley English is a member of Slow Food USA and writes a regular column for the popular blog Design*Sponge, as  well as a column for the quarterly publication Taproot. She is the author of  four books in The Homemade Living series (Canning and Preserving,  Keeping Chickens, Keeping Bees, and Home Dairy), A Year of Pies, and  Handmade Gatherings. Her newest book is a Year of Picnics. Alice Randall will appear from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., and Ashley English will appear from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Authors’ books will be available for purchase.

Samples of barbecue with the four traditional SC sauces and sweet tea will be available during the festival.

Additional events leading up to the festival include:

Tue, Sep 12, 6:30p-7:30p, Hughes Main Library, Meeting Room B-C
History of Barbeque in SC
South Carolina Barbeque Association’s Lake High shares the history of BBQ in South  Carolina. Learn about some of the myths that surround BBQ culture and discover why we  are now in the Golden Age of barbeque. Mr. High’s book A History of South Carolina BBQ  will be available for purchase. Sample traditional South Carolina BBQ sauces.

Thu, Sep 14, 7p-8p, Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rooms A-C
Southern Foods and Film
Independent film maker and winner of the Jean Laney Harris South Carolina Folk Heritage Award, Stan Woodward talks about his many documentary films on Southern food. Explore Southern folklife, characters, and foodways through Woodward’s camera lens.

More information about the Southern Author Festival can be found on the Greenville County Library System website.

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 21-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.