Charleston to Charleston Inc. presented a 10-day virtual celebration of literature and ideas from November 6th – November 15th. “Charleston to Charleston 2020: Join the Conversation” offered opportunities to listen to and even interact with a diverse collection of authors and other participants, addressing a wide variety of subjects. Featured authors included novelist Emma Donoghue, author of The Pull of the Stars, about the 1918 Spanish Flu; former National Security Advisor Susan Rice; New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino; Women’s Prize winner for Hamnet, Maggie O’Farrell; best-selling author of The Vanishing Half Brit Bennett and many others. SC Humanities supported this program with a Major Grant awarded in September 2020.
The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival started in 2017 as a result of a collaboration between two like-minded organizations, both bearing the name of Charleston: The Charleston Trust in Sussex England and the Charleston Library Society in South Carolina. Each year, the festival hosts noted authors in unique and thoughtful conversations. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the festival was entirely virtual and freely available.
While the 2020 festival is now over, the events are all archived on YouTube, where they can be watched, revisited, or shared with friends and family.
Charleston to Charleston Inc.’s mission is to foster the unifying potential of literature, art and the civil exchange of humanitarian ideas. In a short space of time, it has established a reputation as one of the most inviting and prestigious literary festivals in the States. Learn more: http://www.charlestontocharleston.com/.
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 20-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.