Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale & Short Story America Festival

The Friends of the Beaufort Library: Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Branches (FOL) will hold its Annual Fall Book Sale September 27-29, 2013 at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort.

The Friends of the Library member-only preview sale is from 10 am – 12 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 27 with the sale opened to the public starting at noon and continuing on Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon to 4 p.m. This book sale is the main fundraiser for the FOL with all proceeds benefitting the Beaufort County Public Library branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island. This popular event has been a mainstay on the Beaufort community calendar for more than 30 years. Prior to the book sale, and at any time, book donations continue to be encouraged and accepted at all three library branches.

This year, the Friends of the Library is partnering with the Short Story America (SSA) Festival, which takes place this same weekend in Beaufort (Sept. 27-29). The festival is donating a portion tickets back to the FOL organization.  Also, the silent auction will include signed SSA titles and FOL will be selling some of their titles at the book sale (at retail cost) with a portion donated back to FOL, as well.

At the second Short Story America Festival and Conference, Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28, offer all-day events, including an opening reception at the Lewis Reeve Sams House, an 1852 Historic Register home overlooking the Beaufort waterfront. More than a dozen authors from all over the country will participate in workshops, lectures, readings and book signings.

Authors include Ann Serling, author of the memoir “As I Knew Him: My Dad,” Rod Serling, Eric Witchey, James Goertel, Marjorie Brody, Mathieu Cailler, Katherine Tandy Brown, Richard Hawley and Gary Lawrence.  All are masters of their craft and eager to share the joys and techniques of writing.

The eight workshops offered touch on subjects such as dramatic dialogue, expressing emotions, jump-starting a story, and writing from the heart while working the industry angles.

A $50 all-events pass allows access to all the festival has to offer during the four days, including two catered receptions on Friday and Saturday evening. To register, visit www.shortstoryamerica.com or call Tim Johnston at 843-597-3220.

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