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International Literary Festival Returns to Charleston



Charleston to Charleston, Inc. recently announced details for the second annual collaborative literary festival taking place in the Holy City from November 8th to 11th. The festival, called Charleston to Charleston, is formed in collaboration with the Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, home to the Charleston Festival, one of England’s premier literary gatherings, and the Charleston Library Society, South Carolina’s cultural and intellectual living room. 

The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival will once again offer a stimulating weekend series of programs supporting all things literary, scholarly, and creative with authors, readers, and thinkers from around the world. Events will take place in the historic Beaux Arts building of the Charleston Library Society and The Dock Street Theatre, the first building built exclusively for theatrical performances in the United States.

“We are excited to build on the enthusiasm from last year’s festival to bring even more literary guests to South Carolina in 2018,” said Suzanne Pollak, Interim Executive Director of Charleston to Charleston, Inc. “Our goal is to strengthen the festival each year to continue to unite internationally acclaimed authors with readers for years to come.” 


Confirmed speakers include Earl Spencer, Tina Brown, Stephen Greenblatt, Margo Jefferson, and Madeline Miller. In addition to being an on-air correspondent for NBC and Today, Spencer is also known for his work in The GuardianThe Daily Telegraph, and Vanity Fair and is the brother to Diana, Princess of Wales. Tina Brown is known for being the former editor for both Vanity Fair and The New Yorker as well as the founder of The Daily Beast. She is also the author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Princess Diana. Stephen Greenblatt is best known for Swerve: How the World Became Modern, which received the National Book Award in 2011, as well as being the general editor of The Norton Shakespeare. His current books are The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve and the much anticipated Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power; Margo Jefferson is acclaimed for her memoir Negroland which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography and her book, On Michael Jackson. Madeline Miller, author of the spellbinding Homer re-interpretation The Song of Achilles – a New York Times best-seller and Orange Prize winner – and Circe, which makes Homer pertinent to the #MeToo generation.

All event tickets are now on sale, and individual session tickets will be available starting July. To purchase tickets, click here or call 843-723-9912. 

To learn more about the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival, visit

About Charleston to Charleston, Inc.

Charleston to Charleston, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) that organizes The Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival each year. The festival aims to inspire rational discourse and a culture of lifelong learning by creating a world-class festival of books and ideas in Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 2016 and launched in 2017, the Charleston to Charleston Festival unites authors and readers from around the world for an intellectually stimulating weekend of lectures, discussions and elegant, fun-filled receptions. Run by Charleston to Charleston, Inc., the Festival hopes to create the literary equivalent of the Spoleto Festival USA in the Holy City. For more information, visit

About the Charleston Library Society

The Charleston Library Society is the South’s oldest cultural institution and the second oldest circulating library in the United States. Since its founding in 1748, the Library Society has been a private membership library, and its significant holdings represent the history of intellectual curiosity in America. Offering an array of authors, music and life-long learning courses, the institution serves its members, the Lowcountry community and scholars through access to its rich collection of books, manuscripts and archival material and programs that promote discussion and understanding of the ideas they contain. For more information,

About the Charleston Trust

The Charleston Trust is a charitable organization set up to preserve Charleston, Sussex. Charleston, a farmhouse in the pastoral setting of the rolling South Downs of Sussex near the English Channel, was the home of Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and became the country retreat of the famed “Bloomsbury Group” of writers, artists and intellectuals such as Virginia and Leonard Woolf, John Maynard Keynes, Lytton Strachey, E.M. Forster and from time to time, T.S. Eliot and Vita Sackville-West, among other friends. Charleston, which is now open to the public, hosts one of the most prestigious literary and ideas festivals in the UK. Over the last twenty-nine years, it has featured innumerable well-known international authors, creators and thinkers. For more information, visit

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