Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays

Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays


Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays   The Island’s exemplary literary scene will be on display at Heritage Library’s inaugural Book Fair. Much has been made of the Lowcountry’s rich arts scene (and rightfully so), and you only need ears to realize that our music scene is one of the best. But what often goes unheralded is the strong and ever-growing literary scene in the Lowcountry.

Something in the salt air seems to coax the muses from their slumber and attract talented writers of all kinds to our shores. The Heritage Library fundraiser will shine the spotlight on our area’s talented stable of writers when it launches the first ever book fair, devoted solely to books, on Hilton Head Island from 11 am – 3 pm on Nov. 14 at Christ Lutheran Church.

Pat Conroy

This will be a great opportunity to pick up gifts for friends and family and have your purchases signed by the authors. Headlining the event is inarguably the most towering figure in our local literary scene, author Pat Conroy. The man who introduced the world to the Lowcountry through his books, The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, will be on hand with his latest, The Death of Santini. He’ll share the stage with The Same Sweet Girls author Cassandra King, as well as Story River Books authors Ellen Malphrus, Bernie Schein, Maggie Schein and John Warley.

Local authors who have made a national impact will be appearing at the Book Fair, including CJ Lyons, Sallie Ann Robinson, and Kathryn Wall.


Patricia Branning will sign her wonderful Lowcountry books, Magnolias, Porches, and Sweet Tea and Shrimp, Collards, and Grits. Hilton Head’s own Island Writers’ Network will be well-represented by James Edward Alexander, Len Camarda, Tom Crawford, Jane Hill, Norm Levy, Greg Smorol, and Charlie Thorn. The Network will be introducing its latest anthology, the 4th, Hilton Head Island: Time and Tide, a collection of works by 31 writers, as well as 11 photographers, most from the Camera Club of Hilton Head.

“We’re very excited to present so many wonderful authors who have helped create this strong culture of writers and readers here in the Lowcountry,” said Heritage Library Linda Piekut. “To have them all in one place, sharing their knowledge, will be a wonderful event.”

The Heritage Library exists to preserve and celebrate local history, so a slate of authors who have dedicated their work to telling Lowcountry stories will be present including Larry Rowland, History of Beaufort County, Vol I -and brand new- II and III; William Carson, Emancipation Procrastination; Natalie Hefter, Images of America; Hilton Head Island; Jim Jordan, Savannah Grey; Dwayne and Peggy Pickett, The European Struggle to Settle North America and Colonizing Attempts by England, France,and Spain 1521-1608; and Tom Thibeault, The Man Who Stole Himself. Don’t miss Wendy Pollitzer’s, South; Andrea Studenc’s, Hair Brain Jane books, including award-winning, Oh, No there is a Jingle in my HAIR!; Natasha Boyd’s new book, Deep Blue Eternity; Michelle Grandy’s, Ohhmazing Wellness; Susan Mandell’s children’s book, Cuffy’s New York Adventure; James McTeer’s first, award-winning novel, Minnow; Nicole Seitz’ lovely Lowcountry Christian novels, Beyond Molasses Creek, The Inheritance of Beauty, and Trouble the Water; and Charlie Ryan’s novels, The Pullman Hilton, A Christmas Mystery and Dead Man’s Clubs.

Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays, A Book Fair & Fundraiser

Saturday, November 14th. 11am-3pm

Christ Lutheran Church, Hilton Head Island

Tickets are $10 per person

Purchase tickets here. 

Lowcountry Reads for the Holidays