The Charleston Literary Festival – Imani Perry

The 2022 Charleston Literary Festival will take place November 4 – 13, 2022. There will be a special, free, community-wide program featuring author Imani Perry on November 6, 2022 that will also be livestreamed to HBCUs in South Carolina and Huntsville, AL. SC Humanities supported this program with a Major Grant.

Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg is inviting the Charleston community to collectively read the book South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation by Imani Perry through a new “Charleston Reads” effort. South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation is a physical and intellectual travelogue. Journeying from her home in the North to her roots in Alabama, Perry visits Southern cities and towns, including Charleston. In the process, she weaves together the rich tapestry of Black culture and asserts its contribution to the identity of America.

The program will take place at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 6 at the Circular Congregational Church (150 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401). The program is free, but in-person tickets are currently sold out. Please email for a link to the free livestream of the event.

Imani Perry is the Hughes-Rogers Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University. She is the author of six books and a columnist for The Atlantic. She will appear in conversation with Tamara Butler, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History at the College of Charleston.

The Charleston Literary Festival has a full schedule of interesting literary programs planned in 2022, both virtual and in-person. See the full schedule at

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.