The 5th Annual Bluffton Book Festival Announces November 2020 Event Dates

The fundraising literacy festival will continue in November with writing workshops and keynote events featuring Eriq La Salle, acclaimed producer of the NBC hit show “Chicago PD,” and author of Laws of Wrath; and with world-renowned speaker and humorist Jeanne Robertson, author of Don’t Bungee Jump Naked and Other Important Stuff.

Mystery & Thriller Keynote Session with Eriq La Salle, who will be interviewed by crime fiction author Ivy Pochoda. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Columnist, David Lauderdale, and featuring retired FBI Agent, Dana Ridenour, authors M.Z. Thwaite and Wayne Stinnett; and television executive and writer, Lorisa Bates. Thursday, November 12th at 6pm ET.

Memoir: Life’s Journey’s Keynote Session with Jeanne Robertson, who will be interviewed by comedian Tara Brown. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by writer, Barry Dickson, and featuring authors Donna Keel Armer, Veronica Lynch, Estelle Ford-Williamson, and Monica Quinones. Tuesday, November 17th at 6pm ET.

Spellbound – A free event, presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Thursday, November 19th at 6pm ET.

Writing Workshops:

Friday, November 20th – 10am-5pm ET

  • Brooke McKinney on Poetry (Crack Open the Heart: Evoking Emotion in Poetry)
  • Susan Zurenda on Family Stories & Evoking Emotion in Your Characters (book included)
  • Edward P. Jones on the Short Story (books included)

Saturday, November 21st – 9:45am-4pm ET

  • Dana Ridenour, Writing Believable Crime Fiction
  • Pitchapalooza Returns
  • Robin Cutler, Ingram Spark Director – FREE workshop on Self-Publishing 

The 5th Annual Bluffton Book Festival is made possible through the support of HarperCollinsPublishers, IngramSpark, and Follett Higher Education Group; and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Literacy Center (TLC) in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc).

For additional information, including how to register for events, or for sponsorship opportunities, visit or call 843-707-6409.

About The Bluffton Book Festival

The Bluffton Book Festival is an organization that creates opportunities and events to raise funds for The Literacy Center of Beaufort County, South Carolina and The Book Industry Charitable Foundation.  Our mission is to increase literacy levels in the South Carolina Low Country and Southern region of the United States, while raising awareness of local and national literary talent. To learn more about the festival, please visit us at

About The Arts Center

The Arts Center of Coastal Carolina is an independent, non-profit theater, and is a cultural hub for the performing and visual arts within the Lowcountry region. The award-winning regional Arts Center strives to enrich the community through not only professional theatrical productions and world-class presenting artists, but through cultural festivals and educational outreach as well. We are proud to be partnering with the Bluffton Book Festival once again. To discover more about the Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, please visit

About The Literacy Center

The Literacy Center serves the community’s social and economic needs through empowering adults to become proficient in English. They help develop a literate workforce, educate students to qualify for the GED, become citizens and prepare individuals for positive community engagement.  They are proud to be Beaufort County’s only nonprofit adult literacy organization, serving more than 500 students a year at four sites.

About The Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation

The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to store employees and owners who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided over $9 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 9000+ families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book and comic industries. The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling and comic retail community through charitable programs that support employees and their families. The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net. It is our vision to be a caring community of book and comic people. Additional information can be found at  

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