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BY: Stephanie Hunt
Just in time for Halloween, AND the frightening onslaught of holiday shopping, Grady Hendrix serves up a cleverly terrifying tale.
BY: Renae Brabham
Religious or not, anyone can appreciate the rare chance to grab some brews and chat with Father Bill—priest, bar-owner, and author of a book that depicts a quest for holiness through unlikely means.
BY: Thomas Wilkinson
A CofC teach of mine once said Chas is lacking a fervent book culture. Well, novelist Gary Shteyngart's trip to town Friday argues his stance. Get where to see him—plus his hilarious book trailer—here
BY: Stephanie Hunt
For all of you gathering over the holidays in the absence of loved ones afar and passed on, but in the presence of new family—chosen family—here's a heartfelt reminder of why that matters plenty...
BY: Instant Grit
Plus! Highlights from Pecha Kuchas past, including talks by Ben Williams, Buff Ross, and Heather Koonses, and where you can go to find more...
BY: Stephanie Hunt
What happens when a thousand-some librarians and a thousand-some rabid YA fans converge in the Holy City in the same week? Could get pretty crazy... The lowdown on Charleston's weekend book surge
BY: Instant Grit
"Dang! What's with all these books?" Better question: does Charleston still have any treasures yet undiscovered? (Spoiler: This blog answers neither of those questions...)
BY: Joan Perry
Have you seen it? Here's the mission behind the baby book collection, plus where you can find it
BY: E. Louise
I turned in this essay on Bravo's reality show to Charleston magazine, blissfully unaware that the term "money shot" originates in... porn
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Tax-free shopping can exact a heavy tariff. This weekend, save yourself the headache and hassle, and invest in some real school supplies... BOOKS! And loads of 'em, for SC's poorest school districts
BY: Prioleau Alexander
Conroy, Steinbeck, Hiaasen, O'Rourke... a non-summer reading list with mind-blowing stories. Plus, a primer on which authors to stack your bookshelf with to make you seem deeper than you are
BY: Instant Grit
Imagine living in a house that had its own Wikipedia page... Welp, for their August issue, Town & Country visited one such Holy City home. Find out which—plus see a sneak peek of the story—here
BY: Center for Women
Think you know the secret to success? Sure, working hard is important, but according to this must-read book, there's something else that's even more important... See it here
BY: Stephanie Hunt
What to do on (another!) soggy day? Head to the Halsey for Spoleto's last splash, where hundreds of books, mags, & catalogues have been sculpted, sawed, stacked, whacked, carved, glued... transformed
BY: Joan Perry
A peek into the dusty old pages at Robert Sarco's Antique Store in Hollywood, South Carolina
BY: Ellen McGauley
This poem by the late Rose Mitchell of Sullivan's Island was unearthed by her son over the weekend... here's to all the salty, seaside souls out there
BY: Renae Brabham
My shameless history with this addiction, including late-night bunk bed barters and promises signed by the light of the moon. Oh, and how they cured a mean case of writer's block....
BY: Stephanie Hunt
In this week's flurry of fashion-filled posts, one especially stood out. Take a read to learn a lesson in style--in both the posing variety, and the prose
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Eudora Welty, JK Rowling, and Oscar Wilde turn heads at Fashion Week—well, kind of. Here's to stylish prose guiding striking poses, plus bold statements, good composition, and wise editing all around
BY: Renae Brabham
Whether you're the largely underappreciated Faulkner or just a largely unknown Southern storyteller, you can find inspiration in curious places—including a donkey jonesing for a swift kick
BY: Stephanie Hunt
If you've got a thing for words, if you're hot for font and a fool for the mesmerizing voluptuousness of phrases writ large and draped about, get thee to the Halsey for Leslie Dill's Poetic Visions
BY: Stephanie Hunt
A new spot for writers of all walks (and a video of Bill Murray at Manhattan's Poets House) to nudge you down that path of literary... something. Poetry, fiction, a few minutes with pen and paper
BY: Holly Herrick
It's the eve of the day I start writing my next cookbook. Apparently for me, this major transition calls for a pair of bright red Danskos and some delicious roasted chicken (read on for the recipe!)
BY: Stephanie Hunt
All a writer needs is a pen and pad... A dog pen and four padded hoofs, that is. Lowcountry authors go fetch some puppy love at tonight's book release (bow-WOW) to benefit Charleston Animal Society
BY: Stephanie Hunt
The hottest new genre in literature invades Charleston tomorrow. Amp up your adolescence and come check out the stellar line up, including 25 NY Times best-selling authors
BY: Stephanie Hunt
See Andre Dubus III, the bestselling author of House of Sand and Fog, TONIGHT as part of Ashley Hall's Visiting Writers Series (ATTN aspiring writers: you'll want to read this...)
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Rock-n-rollers may be at Blackbaud Stadium this Saturday, but the truly hip will be at the Southeast Zine Fest. Here's why...
BY: Stephanie Hunt
It's that time again—That BIG Book Sale starts today. Here's a good argument for why I shouldn't go, with plenty of William Baldwin-meets-Laurie Colwin reasons why I will
BY: Hunter Boone
I talked to Greg Tavares, cofounder of Theatre 99 and now author, about his book "Improv For Everyone"—perfect, he says, for "the improviser who loves improv and wants improv to love you back"
BY: Rebeccah Connelly
A "wild" thing happened when I fell in love with a book I bought by accident...
BY: Holly Herrick
Say it sista! Holly’s straight-talking fact vs. fiction breakdown of the writing profession is one we—and all Charleston creatives—can applaud
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Barbara Hagerty's new book of poetry "Motherfish," and other lessons on casting the creative net and reelin it in, as learned in the class I'm currently taking: Life
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Looking for that elusive creative muse? This writer muses on pantry moths, creativity and a little Monte Python
BY: Holly Herrick
A Carrie Bradshaw utopia? A beret-wearing "artiste" scribbling mindlessly? Author Holly Herrick sets the record straight on what the life of a writer is really all about
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Who says writing has to be lonely? The Sophia Institute's retreat this weekend seeks to highlight the communal aspect of the craft... and why we could all use a little shared inspiration
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Some of us live to eat, some of us write to eat, some of us live to write. If you're somewhere in the mix, take a break from 3 for $30 menu offerings and indulge at this weekend's writers' retreat
BY: Stephanie Hunt
Amidst the driving rain, this one got right to the heart of our creative spirits. Add in the brilliant poem by local 8th grader Nina Howard, and receiving this post was simply an honor...
BY: Stephanie Hunt
This Labor Day weekend, radically open your heart and mind to an inclusive, just way of being in the world. Lectures from poet, writer, revolutionary bell hooks start today
BY: Stephanie Hunt
I long for school to be more hurricane-like, for the atmospheric conditions of public education to be ripe for downpours of creativity (like this swirling poem from an 8th grader at Moultrie Middle)
BY: Stephanie Hunt
The world's first comic book cookbook debuts today, thanks to Charleston native Grady Hendrix and his wife, the vegetable whisperer, Amanda Cohen

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