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…to the third Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, a celebration of literature, art and ideas. Modelled on one of England’s most prestigious and long-standing Festivals - held at Charleston in Sussex, the former rural hub of the creators and thinkers associated with the Bloomsbury group - and building on the Charleston Library Society’s excellent reputation for holding events throughout the year, it is a unique transatlantic collaboration.
Could there ever be a more worthwhile time to share the stimulation and joy of listening to thought provoking and entertaining talks from a host of talented and world-renowned speakers? One of the motives behind establishing the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival was to promote the special US/UK cultural relationship. The mutual values of the UK based Charleston Trust and the Charleston Library Society, the founders of the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, embrace a belief in the power of literature, the arts, science, humanitarian ideas and respectful conversation to unify communities and society and to foster empathy in these tumultuous times. All our speakers reflect this vision. Their events will inform, challenge, stir and amuse.
The Festival boasts an outstanding array of authors from Pulitzer Prize-winners, to UK based Orange and Costa Prize-winners, to the recipient of the National Humanities Medal presented by President Obama. Subjects include history, biography, topical affairs, science and art explored by novelists, non-fiction writers, journalists and thinkers. You will be transported from war-torn Holland to the Harlem Renaissance, from news rooms to science labs, from China to Chicago. Prepare to agree, to argue, to change your mind, to laugh and to cry. Most of all, prepare to join us and be engaged.
Diana Reich, Artistic Director
Members of the Charleston to Charleston Program Committee