Bloomsbury Muse
Nov
8
2:00 PM14:00

Bloomsbury Muse

Regina Marler, editor of Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, and Sarah Milroy, curator of the recent Vanessa Bell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery London, discuss the modernist painter, a pivotal figure in 20th century British art - as innovative as her sister Virginia Woolf - and Bloomsbury muse with Virginia Nicholson, Vanessa Bell's granddaughter.

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The Blue Touch Paper
Nov
8
4:30 PM16:30

The Blue Touch Paper

David Hare was recently described by the Washington Post as "the premier political dramatist writing in English." His stage plays include the Tony Award nominated Plenty, Racing Demon, and Skylight, and his screenplays include Damage, The Hours, The Reader, and Denial. His memoir, The Blue Touch Paper, is a frank account of his life and work. Chaired by Michael Farthing, Chair of The Charleston Trust.

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Nov
9
11:00 AM11:00

The Demise of Democracy

In the era of populism, Christopher Dickey, World News Editor of The Daily Beast, and David Hare, British playwright renowned for his state of the nation dramas, discuss the implications of the Trump regime in the US and Brexit in the UK as well as the resurgence of nationalism elsewhere.

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Negroland
Nov
9
2:00 PM14:00

Negroland

Margo Jefferson's memoir, Negroland, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. A deeply felt meditation on race, sex, class and American culture, it describes the contradictions of her comparatively privileged upbringing among Chicago's upper-class Black community. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson

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Circe
Nov
9
4:00 PM16:00

Circe

Madeline Miller's Circe - an uncompromising portrait of a super-heroine who wields divine power - makes Homer pertinent to the 21st century. The novel has garnered praise equal to her previous work of fiction based on Homer's epic poem, the Orange Prize winning The Song of Achilles. "Every bit as luminous and compelling as its predecessor." (The Guardian)

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Chronicling Conflict
Nov
9
6:00 PM18:00

Chronicling Conflict

John Avlon, author and Senior Political Analyst at CNN, Elliot Ackerman, novelist and former Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, and Lynsey Addario, photojournalist who has documented every major conflict of her generation, discuss the desire to communicate and analyze the experience of war in creative prose and photos.

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Renaissance Muse
Nov
10
11:00 AM11:00

Renaissance Muse

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Ramie Targoff's biography of Vittoria Colonna is a timely study of the first published female Italian poet, a close friend of Michelangelo. With a novelist's flair she brings this remarkable and influential woman to life, while also dissecting an entire culture. Ramie Targoff is professor of English and co-chair of Italian Studies at Brandeis University.

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The Vanity Fair Diaries
Nov
10
2:00 PM14:00

The Vanity Fair Diaries

One of journalism's legendary editors, Tina Brown kept diaries throughout her eight years as editor in chief of Vanity Fair. The result is an insightful, intimate, fascinating and laugh-out-loud-funny social history of the excessive eighties. Tina Brown is founder of the Women in the World summits and also edited Tatler and The New Yorker.

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Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power
Nov
10
4:00 PM16:00

Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power

In an illuminating exercise, Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World, interrogates the Collected Works to construct a checklist of tyranny based on Shakespeare's plays. Can he demonstrate that the power dynamics in Shakespeare's dramas have contemporary resonance? Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard Professor of Humanities, is author of The Swerve and The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Chaired by Geoffrey Harpham, former director of the National Humanities Center.

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To Catch a King
Nov
10
6:00 PM18:00

To Catch a King

Historian Charles Spencer brings to life one of the greatest escapes in British history: an action-packed story of Royalists versus Cromwell's Republicans, recounting how the future Charles II fled from the men who had beheaded his father, Charles I. Chaired by Bernard Cornwell, bestselling author of historical novels.

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History on Trial
Nov
11
1:00 PM13:00

History on Trial

In a history-making court case, historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books were sued for libel in an English court by David Irving for accusing him of Holocaust denial. Deborah Lipstadt won the trial and became the topic of the film, Denial, scripted by David Hare and starring Rachel Weisz. Deborah Lipstadt will discuss the contemporary relevance of the case.

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Unexampled Courage
Nov
11
3:00 PM15:00

Unexampled Courage

United States District Judge Richard Gergel, renowned for presiding over some of the Lowcountry’s most contentious lawsuits, discusses his upcoming book Unexampled Courage about the pioneering civil rights decisions of Judge J.Waties Waring which challenged the segregation orthodoxy of the South.  Chaired by William Hubbard, past president of the American Bar Association.

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The World Broke in Two
Nov
11
5:00 PM17:00

The World Broke in Two

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, American author Bill Goldstein and English author Alexandra Harris examine the impact and aftermath of World War 1 on a range of British and US writers including Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot. Was the war a watershed which heralded the birth of Modernism? Bill Goldstein is the author of The World Broke in Two; Alexandra Harris is the author of Romantic Moderns.

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Charleston and Sissinghurst: Preserving Artistic and Literary Legacies
Nov
5
3:30 PM15:30

Charleston and Sissinghurst: Preserving Artistic and Literary Legacies

What is it like to grow up in an historic house and return years later to find tourists from all over the world wandering through the spaces you knew and loved as a child? Virginia Nicholson and Juliet Nicolson will discuss sharing their childhood homes with the public, along with Carter Hudgins of Charleston's Drayton Hall Preservation Trust.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Virgina Woolf and Bloomsbury Painting: When Are Words Not Enough?
Nov
5
1:00 PM13:00

Virgina Woolf and Bloomsbury Painting: When Are Words Not Enough?

"What can six apples not be?" This was the question Virginia Woolf asked herself as she watched three Bloomsbury painters subject a small picture of apples by Cezanne to intense scrutiny. It sparked massive change in English literature, which art historian, biographer and critic Frances Spalding catalogs and shares in this lecture.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Babyboomer Blues
Nov
4
3:00 PM15:00

Babyboomer Blues

For some, life begins in middle age; for others, it is a time for stocktaking or even dread. British journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer teams up with Academy Award nominated screenwriter William Nicholson and historian Juliet Nicolson for a hilarious take on the ever-baffling mid-life crisis.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Meditations on Greatness
Nov
4
1:00 PM13:00

Meditations on Greatness

Against the backdrop of our troubling times, the poet and novelist Ben Okri offers a timely and timeless meditation on the qualities we need to survive and transcend the age in which we live. He'll be in conversation with Charleston's own artist, activist, and academic Jonathan Green.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights
Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights

Ours is an emotionally charged political climate, particularly for women. In this panel, three scholars and historians will converse on the past and present battle over women's rights. A discussion between Marjorie Spruill and Belinda Gergel with Margaret Bradham Thornton.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Reimagining Shakespeare: The Bard at Home and Away
Nov
3
5:30 PM17:30

Reimagining Shakespeare: The Bard at Home and Away

Shakespeare is both omnipresent and mysterious. Come see eminent Shakespearean scholars Bernard Cornwell, Dominic Dromgoole, and Nan Morrison discuss the Bard's curious impact on the past, present, and future in one of Charleston's most historic and beautiful churches. 

Tickets: Lecture $50
Lecture & Reception $150

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Bloomsbury and Charleston: Tradition and Modernism with Barbara Bellows Rockefeller and Frances Spalding
Nov
3
3:00 PM15:00

Bloomsbury and Charleston: Tradition and Modernism with Barbara Bellows Rockefeller and Frances Spalding

The city of Charleston in South Carolina and Charleston, a small farmhouse in Sussex, England, share the reputation of being epicenters of modernism in the first half of the 20th century. Learn more about each location's  creative history and why they changed the shape of storytelling for years to come with Barbara Bellows Rockefeller and Frances Spalding, two eminent scholars and historians.

Tickets: $25
Student tickets: $15 with coupon code STUDENT (valid student ID required)

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Small World: Charleston Connections with Charles Anson and Juliet Nicolson
Nov
3
12:00 PM12:00

Small World: Charleston Connections with Charles Anson and Juliet Nicolson

Charleston UK and Charleston SC epitomize the theory of six degrees of separation. Charles Anson and Juliet Nicolson, who live close to Charleston, Sussex, have unexpected local connections and will share their tales at a historic church in downtown Charleston's historic Ansonborough district. Stay for the reception to meet author Edward Ball.

Tickets: $25
Lecture & Reception: $50

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Breathe - Red Carpet Premier at the Charleston Music Hall
Nov
2
6:00 PM18:00

Breathe - Red Carpet Premier at the Charleston Music Hall

The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will host a red carpet premiere screening of Breathe, a highly anticipated fall release with lead actors Claire Foy (The Crown) and Andrew Garfield (The Amazing Spider-Man; Hacksaw Ridge) plus a supporting cast including Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey) and screen legend Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones; The Avengers). The premier includes an exclusive introduction before the screening by its distinguished screenwriter William Nicholson with a question and answer session to follow.  

Tickets will be available to this event via the Charleston Music Hall.

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