Date: Saturday, November 21, 2019 – November 23, 2019
Time: Starts 9 am Thursday Ends Saturday 3 pm Check Daily Schedule
Location: Bluffton SC
Cost: Free

TASTE OF GULLAH w/SALLIE ANN: Thursday, November 21st 6pm-8:30

  • Where: Billy Wood Appliance — 1223 May River Road, Bluffton, SC 29910

  • Sample new recipes from local celebrity chef, Sallie Ann Robinson’s new cook book SALLIE ANN ROBINSON’S KITCHEN: FOOD AND FAMILY LORE FROM THE LOW COUNTRY

  • Listen to Sallie Ann share the history of the area as she demonstrates how Gullah cuisine is prepared

  • Beverages provided

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SIGNATURE EVENTS:  Friday, November 22nd

  • Authors in Conversation

    • 11:30am Arts Center of Coastal Carolina

    • Straight from her Today show appearance, TINA LIFFORD, author of soon to be released, THE LITTLE BOOK OF BIG LIES and current star of Oprah Winfrey’s and Ava DuVernay’s critically acclaimed OWN Network show, ‘Queen Sugar,’ in conversation

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  • Featured Author Reception: Masquerade & Mystery Under the Moonlight

    • 6pm-9pm Oak Terrace at Rose Hill

    • Meet and dine with our Featured Authors in a beautiful, private setting in Rose Hill

    • Join the featured authors for a 3-course meal, a Q&A session, and book signing

    • Southern Charm Attire or dress as your favorite book character (prizes for best characters)

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PETE THE CAT creator JAMES DEAN: Saturday, November 23rd @ 11am

  • Where: Calhoun Street, Old Town Bluffton — ticketed guests only

  • Bring the kids to meet author/illustrator James Dean as he illustrates how Pete the Cat was created; autographing to follow

  • Books available for purchase at the event – Onsite book purchase is your ticket to get in. Onsite bookstore opens at 9am.

  • Only 100 tickets available.

WORKSHOPS/LECTURES: Thurs. 11/21 & Fri. 11/22

  • Workshops will be held at Lowcountry Presbyterian Church (Fellowship Hall), 10 Simmonsville Road, Bluffton

>Thurs. 9-10:00am — Self-Editing for Publication w/award-winning author and editor Susan Diamond Riley

>Thurs.10-11:00am — Navigating Pathways to Publication w/Pat Conroy Literary Center Executive Director

Jonathan Haupt

>Fri. 2-3:00pm — Writing Believable Crime Fiction w/award-winning author & former FBI agent Dana Ridenour

>Fri. 3-4:00pm — Ghostwriting 101 w/celebrity ghostwriter Vickie MacIntyre

  • Free Pat Conroy inspired lectures will be held at the Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way (Thurs. 2pm-4:30pm)

>Nancy Thode’s lecture on her mother Ann Head, Beaufort’s forgotten novelist and Pat Conroy’s creative writing mentor

>Author Bernie Schein sharing stories from his newly released memoir, Pat Conroy: Our Lifelong Friendship



  • 10am-3pm Calhoun Street (Old Town Bluffton) between Lawton & Green

  • Author readings and signings (10am-3pm)

  • Children’s Nook featuring a special performance by Jevon Daly, Book Making class, face painting, games, giveaways, and more.

  • Author Panels and Interviews throughout the day

  • Music, food, giveaways, and loads of fun!

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“The Bluffton Book Festival was a highlight of my book tour and I recommend it to every reader and storyteller! Being among incredible thought leaders and fellow authors including Misty Copeland and Kenny Leon was made even sweeter by the gorgeous views of coastal South Carolina. Exploring literature under an oak tree is an experience everyone deserves.” — Charreah K. Jackson