Bluffton Book Festival

 

 

Praise for the Inaugural Bluffton Book Festival
November 18-19, 2016

 

“Sometimes on book tour, you stay in an airport hotel with nothing but a strip of asphalt to see….. Other times, you get sent to a magical town like Bluffton, SC, with its Spanish moss-draped trees and quiet beaches, Willy Wonka houses and Dr. Seuss cakes, breathtaking churches and easygoing cafes. If you ever get the chance to visit this place, grab it. Thank you for having me, Bluffton Book Festival Atria Books, Victoria Sanders.”
– Sarah Pekkanen, Bestselling Author of The Wife Between Us and The Perfect Neighbors

 

“Thanks so much for having us. It was a great opportunity, we met a lot of people and on top of it all got some really good reads!”
– Lakesha, Owner of Redstripes Restaurant, Bluffton, SC

 

“Just wanted to thank you for organizing a great event this weekend. The Bluffton Book Festival was such fun…nice variety of authors, good food and perfect weather. I hope this will be an annual event.”
– Ann Lilly, author of Scoots New Home

 

“I made some really great contacts at the BMW event as well as at the festival, including a new client who I’ve already taken out on showings. Additionally, it was a lot of fun for some great causes and I’m already looking forward to next year… so, sign me up!”
– Christine Wisniewski, Weichert Realtor

 

“Rockelle has stirred the curiosity of this region so we expect better.”
– (HHI Resident/Dept of Defense Personnel)

 

“Congratulations!!! So glad we could be a part of year #1 and we look forward to next year being bigger and better!”
– Howard Taylor, Group Vice President, Follett

 

 

The festival, which was free to the public, took place in Historic Old Town Bluffton on Calhoun Street on Saturday, Nov. 19. The day-long festival included author presentations, book signings, children’s activities, raffles and a “taste of Gullah” with local authors. More than 30 authors—including Ellen Malphrus and University of South Carolina’s Story River Books (Pat Conroy’s imprint)—attended. 

 

An exclusive Meet the Authors VIP Party, hosted by Hilton Head BMW, was held on Friday, Nov. 18.

 

There was also a raffle to win a signed copy of
Pat Conroy’s “My Writing Life”

 

PARTICIPATING AUTHORS
University of South Carolina’s Story River Books (Pat Conroy’s imprint)

JULIE “ELAINE” ALLCUT 
BILL BELTZ
STEPHANIE BENTE 
ELSA BONSTEIN 
ELAINE MERYL BROWN 
JANET HOGAN CHAPMAN
NICK CHILES
STEPHANIE AUSTIN EDWARDS 
VIRGINIA C. HART 
SHANNON HITCHCOCK
CRYSTAL KLIMAVICZ 
ERIQ LA SALLE*
ROBERT LACKEY 
SHERI S. LEVY
ANN E. LILLY
CAROLE MARSH LONGMEYER
RICHARD LUTMAN
ELLEN MALPHRUS
LAURA MARKOVITCH
NAN MARSHALL
LAURIE MCCALL
DENENE MILLNER
TRILBY PLANTS
SARAH PEKKANEN
LATARYN RAINEY-PERRY
BERNIE SCHEIN
MAGGIE SCHEIN
WILLIAM WALKER
MARTHA WEEKS
MILLIE WEST “ARLENE WESTERMEYER”
ANGELA WILLIAMS
MONICA WYRICK

*author not in attendance but autographed books were available.