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UNION — An author whose first book was honored for enhancing racial awareness will take part in USC Union’s 4th Annual Upcountry Literary Festival.

The Upcountry Literary Festival will be held Friday, March 21, and Saturday, March 22, in the USC Union auditorium.

The festival, which is free to the public, will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists. This year’s theme is centered around Southern culture and cooking. Daily events will include break-out sessions, cooking presentations, and presentations from authors.

In a statement released Friday, the Upcountry Literary Festival Committee announced that Dori Sanders, who is known for her acclaimed books “Clover” and “Her Own Place,” will be one of the authors presenting at the festival.

Sanders grew up in Filbert, S.C., in York County, as one of 10 children. Her father, once a sharecropper, purchased land in 1915, and it is now one of the oldest African-American farms in the region that produces fruits and vegetables. She and her siblings grew up reading and sharing stories with each other around the “storytelling rock.”

Her first novel, “Clover,” is about a 10-year-old black girl, Clover Hill, from a small town in South Carolina. Her life changes forever after her father dies and she is left to build a relationship with her new white stepmother. “Clover” is a winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Southern literature that enhances racial awareness and has also been made in to a TV-movie in 1997.

Following her first novel Sanders published a second novel, “Her Own Place,” about the everyday life of Mae Lee Barnes, blacks and whites, and how people evolve.

Sanders has also published a narrative and family cookbook, “Dori Sanders’ Country Cooking: Recipes and Stories from the Family Farm Stand.” In this book, every recipe has a story to go with a dish like Fried Green Tomato Parmigiana to Pecan Pie with Black Walnut Crust.

For more information, please call Randy Ivey or Bill Moore at (864) 429-USCU. You can also check out USC Union’s website on our Facebook page:

This story was submitted by USC Union.

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