Large turnout for Literary Festival

By Derik Vanderford dvanderford@civitasmedia.com

March 22, 2014

UNION — The 4th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union kicked off on Friday, with festivities continuing today.

Festival coordinator Randy Ivey said he was very pleased with the steady flow of people who attended Friday’s literary festival activities throughout the day.

Friday’s festivities included poetry presentations from Ray McManus, Lisa Hammond and Terry Kennedy; Southern history and literature presentations by James Everett Kibler (recipient of the 2014 Upcountry Literary Festival Appreciation Award), David Moltke Hansen, and Marty Daniels; and new voices in poetry and prose presentations by Dan O’Shields and Duna Miller.

After lunch, presentations included “Growing, Cooking, Eating the Greek Revival Way by Patricia Moore-Pastides; a dramatic presentation of “The Cards” by playwright Lee Lawing, which was performed by Shyanne Hall and John Crocker and directed by Amber Crocker; History by Dr. Allan Charles and Karen Stokes; the presentation of the Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer to Brock Adams; and poetry and music presentations by Debra Daniel, Jim Clark, Freddie Vanderford, Fayssoux McLean, and David Ezell.

Assistant festival coordinator John Crocker said he was happy with the turnout and thrilled with the positive responses received from each and every presenter.

The festival will continue today with the following schedule:

Schedule for today (Saturday, March 22)

9 a.m. — Introduction

9:05 — Fiction and Memoir

• Tom McConnell

• Franklin Sanders

• Randy Ivey

10:15 — Storytelling

• Tally Johnson

9:50 — Break

10:30 — Country Cooking

• Dori Sanders

11 a.m. — Keynote Address/Allan D. Charles Award for Nonfiction

• Ronni Lundy

Noon — Meet and greet will be held in the lounge on the first floor. Peggy Waller of the Inn at Merridun will host a cooking demonstration in the lobby of the second floor.

*All books will be sold outside the USC Union bookstore located on the first.

Look for more information about this festival in Tuesday’s edition of The Union Daily Times, at www.uniondailytimes.com, and on The Union Daily Times’ Facebook page.