Charleston Festival 2018

Hello, friends! 

Typically, posts on the Charleston to Charleston News page will read more like articles, but I'm taking the liberty of writing to you today as me, Leah Rhyne. Some of you know me already. I'm the Festival Coordinator for the C2C Literary Festival, and I met many of you back in November. I spend most of my time working for the Charleston Library Society, one of the two sister organizations that have worked together to create Charleston to Charleston, Inc.

As such, I'm quite familiar with the value and aesthetic of the Library Society here in South Carolina. I love it. It's my home away from home. I love wandering the stacks of books, trailing a finger across the spines. I love browsing our vaults, where I always wind up leafing through antebellum newspapers, reading accounts of parties or battles, both of which raged centuries ago. I've thus far brought to the C2C Literary Festival table a sense of place here in South Carolina.

With the Charleston Farmhouse in Sussex, England, I was far less familiar. I'd heard stories and seen photos of the home in the British countryside that Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant "decorated" with their paintings and sculptures. And as half of the C2C partnership, I of course appreciated the contributions of the farmhouse to arts and culture.

But I didn't get it. I truly didn't.

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#C2C17: Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights

Saturday, November 4, at the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival opened with Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights. Marjorie Spruill, historian and professor at the University of South Carolina, spoke about her new book, Divided We Stand, which was recently named one of the Smithsonian Magazine's top ten history books of 2017. In discussion with Spruill on this important, timely topic were Belinda Gergel, former Chair of the History and Political Science at Columbia College, and Margaret Bradham Thornton, award winning editor of the Notebooks of Tennessee Williams. 

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#C2C17: Small Worlds: Charleston Connections

While the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival kicked off on Thursday, November 2, with the screening of BREATHE, our official launch event was Friday, November 3, with Small Worlds: Charleston Connections, an exploration of the very few degrees of separation between two of our British guests and our home base of Charleston, South Carolina. 

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Charleston Mayor Signs Proclamation in Honor of C2C!

We at the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival are pleased to announce that Charleston's mayor, the Honorable John Tecklenburg, has issued a Proclamation in honor of our festival! The weekend of November 3rd, 2017 is now officially The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival Weekend here in Charleston!

Thank you, Mayor Tecklenburg, for your support! We're happy you share in our enthusiasm for our inaugural festival!

 

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Charleston to Charleston Launches New UK/US Partnership

Welcome to the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival! In our inaugural year, we’re thrilled to announce a unique and exciting new partnership between like-minded organizations from opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

Charleston Farmhouse, in the rolling South Downs of the Sussex, England countryside, has long been home to some of Britain’s greatest creative thinkers. Beginning with the world famous Bloomsbury Group of English writers and artists including Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, and E. M. Forster, the Farmhouse now hosts the annual Charleston Festival every May. By bringing together internationally influential writers and intellectuals, Charleston Farmhouse is truly a place where books, ideas and creativity bloom.

Here in the United States, the Charleston Library Society is an organization equally dedicated to supporting creative culture and lifelong learning for its members and the community. Established in 1748 by a group of nineteen young men in who wanted to stay abreast of the latest publications from London, the Society has existed in various locations throughout the city until moving to its permanent home at 164 King Street, in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. It is currently the second oldest circulating library in the United States and the oldest cultural institution in the South. With a vault full of early American periodicals and claiming the former membership of DuBose Heyward, Josephine Pinckney, and many other members of the Charleston Renaissance, the Charleston Library Society is a haven for historians and bibliophiles alike.

Thus, it makes perfect sense for the two Charlestons (Farmhouse and Society) to join together to create a brand new literary festival. The Festival is being coordinated by the Charleston Library Society, the newly formed Charleston to Charleston, Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized by the Charleston Trust that supports the Sussex Festival, as well as a group of dedicated South Carolinians committed to bringing a world-class literary festival to Charleston, South Carolina. Together, this partnership is dedicated to building the premier festival in the United States where books, ideas, and creativity will flourish.

Julian Fellowes Visits The Charleston Library Society in January, 2017

On January 11th and 12th, 2017, Downton Abbey came to Charleston!

Well, not exactly. The Crawley ladies and the Earl of Grantham didn’t appear on King Street in full early-19th Century British Aristocracy regalia. But their creator, Lord Julian Fellowes, did! Lord Fellowes came to Charleston for a series of events co-hosted by SC ETV, the Charleston Library Society, and the brand new Charleston to Charleston, Inc.

Events included a lunch lecture, a cocktail party, and an evening at the Dock Street Theater along with writer William Nicholson. The hours were filled with laughter as Lord Fellowes and his companions discussed the trials and tribulations of a decades-spanning writing and acting career, “overnight” success, and how many times a writer can really be rejected.

Below are some pictures from the weekend. If you attended, we hope you had fun. If you missed it, we hope you enjoy this glimpse into what was a weekend for the ages.

All photos courtesy of Leigh Webber Photography.

 Lord Fellowes takes the stage at the Dock Street Theater

Lord Fellowes takes the stage at the Dock Street Theater

 Charleston Library Society Anne Cleveland presents Lord Fellowes with a gift

Charleston Library Society Anne Cleveland presents Lord Fellowes with a gift

 A full house at the Charleston Library Society

A full house at the Charleston Library Society