November is National Literary Month, and the Holy City is celebrating with two literary festivals: The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival and YALL Fest, so it is the perfect time to make a trip to the Holy City. There’s something for the whole family.
The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival bridges the connection between Charleston, SC, and Charleston, Sussex and arrives to town for the second time this November 8-11 to unite authors and readers from around the world for an intellectually stimulating weekend of lectures, discussions and elegant, fun-filled receptions. Last year’s inaugural festival brought Julian Fellowes, the creator Downton Abbey, among many other authors.
Confirmed speakers for this year include Earl Spencer, Tina Brown, Stephen Greenblatt, Margo Jefferson and Madeline Miller.
Some fast facts about those speakers:
- Spencer has been an on-air correspondant for NBC and Today and is also known for his work in The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and Vanity Fair and is the brother to Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Tina Brown is known for being the former editor for both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the founder of The Daily Beast. She is also the author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Princess Diana.
- Stephen Greenblatt is best known for Swerve: How the World Became Modern, which received the National Book Award in 2011, as well as being the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare. His current books are The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve and the much anticipated Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power.
- Margo Jefferson is acclaimed for her memoir Negroland which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and her book, On Michael Jackson.
- Madeline Miller, author of the spellbinding Homer re-interpretation The Song of Achilles - a New York Times best-seller and Orange Prize winner - and Circe, which makes Homer pertinent to the #MeToo generation.
YALL Fest also celebrates National Literary Month with the South’s largest young adult book festival. November 9 and 10 brings with it well-known young adult novelists for a weekend of panelists, book signings and events. Started by Blue Bicycle Books owner and Charleston local Jonathan Sanchez, the festival brings teenagers and authors from across the globe together to celebrate the power of reading. This year’s speakers have yet to be announced, but last year’s authors included Jesse Andrews, author of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and Becky Albertalli, author of The Upside of Unrequited.