Celebrate authors, and join discussions about fiction, non-fiction, history, poetry, and the art of illustration. The event includes a keynote webinar presented by publishing and self-publishing industry representatives, an attorney and a prominent author. Books by featured authors will be available to purchase, and a portion of proceeds will go toward Charleston Friends of the Library. See detailed session descriptions below.
Fiction with L. Penelope
Meeting Room B from 9:15 a.m.-10:15 a.m.
L. Penelope is the 2016 American Library Association Black Caucus Self-Published book award winner for Song of Blood and Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles. She will read a short excerpt from her work, provide online marketing tips and discuss the craft of writing fiction in fantasy, paranormal and romance genres.
Illustrating Children's Books with Baird Hoffmire
Meeting Room A from 9:15 a.m-10:15 p.m.
Baird Hoffmire is the illustrator and author of Boris Crookedback and the Dragon of Wang-Dang-Baloo. He will read an excerpt from his book and share his varied experiences in the field of illustration.
Non-Fiction: African-American History and Culture Writing in the Lowcountry with Sherman Pyatt
Meeting Room A from 10:15 a.m. -11:15 a.m.
Sherman Pyatt is a local history writer who explores African-American cuisine, folk culture and history in his latest work, The Other Side of the Skillet: Healthy and Alternative Eating in The Lowcountry. Pyatt also authored and co-authored eight other books. He will share his experiences as a writer, researcher and chronicler of African-American folk life.
Science Fiction with Tony Bertauski
Meeting Room B from 10:15 a.m.-11:15 p.m.
Join a discussion of the ups and downs of writing in the science-fiction/dystopian genre. An author of 12 novels and S.C. Fiction Open winner (2008), Bertauski also has published two textbooks in landscape design and is the gardening columnist for the Post and Courier.
Poetry with Marcus Amaker
Meeting Room B from 11:15 a.m. -12:15 p.m.
Multi-talented Marcus Amaker is Poet Laureate of the City of Charleston, author of seven books of poetry, and creator of various music and graphic arts. He will discuss the craft of poetry writing and read from Mantra, his latest work. The following media outlets have featured poetry by Amaker: PBS News Hour, Huffington Post, Charleston Magazine, Post and Courier, Charleston City Paper, and the Art Mag.
Indie Authors Webinar
Meeting Room B from 12:15 p.m. -1:15 p.m.
Join a webinar that offers insight from practitioners in the fields of law, publishing, collection development, literary review sources and libraries, along with an award-winning self-published author. Learn about opportunities to write, share work and gain audiences through publishing platforms.