UNION — Samples of Greek cuisine, a cooking demonstration, and literary presentations by variety of authors will all be part of the Fourth Annual Upcountry Literary Festival at USC Union.
The festival, which will be held Friday and Saturday, will showcase a number of nationally and regionally renowned authors, poets, and musical artists as part of a free public event. This year’s theme is centered around Southern culture and cooking. Daily events will include cooking presentations, poetry, music, and presentations from authors.
A number of authors will be presenting from their publications during the festival. Returning author Jim Kibler will receive the Upcountry Appreciation Award on Friday and will join with David Moltke Hansen to present from “William Gilmore Simms’s Selected Reviews.”
Marty Daniels and Karen Stokes, both history authors, will present on Friday along with USC Union History professor Dr. Allan Charles. Dr. Charles recently published his 4th edition of “The Narrative History of Union County South Carolina,” available for purchase at the festival.
USC Upstate English professor Brock Adams, author of “Gulf,” will be the recipient of the Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer. Gulf is his first collection of short stories set mostly in the South. The stories feature interesting characters and how they engage with each other.
The University of South Carolina’s first lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides, will present from her cookbook, “Greek Revival: Cooking for Life,” containing 87 recipes and the benefits of the traditional Mediterranean diet. She will also have food samples from her cookbook available downstairs in the first floor lobby of the Main Building.
Friday will also have two drama performances by the USCU Players. “Sanctity,” written by Randy Ivey and directed by USC Union student Doyle Wheatley, will be performed before noon. “The Cards,” written by returning playwright Lee Lawing and directed by USCU Players Director Amber Crocker, will be performed after the lunch break.
On Saturday, fiction author Tom McConnell will present from his book “Picture Book of Hell and Other Landscapes,” along with a new festival presenter, Franklin Sanders. Sanders moved with his wife, seven children, their spouses and children to a farm at Dogwood Mudhole in Middle, Tennessee. Today five of those children and their spouses and 14 grandchildren still live and work there. He will read from his memoir of that move and his family’s adaptation to agrarian life, “At Home in Dogwood Mudhole.”
USC Union English professor and director of the Upcountry Literary Festival Randy Ivey will present from his collection of short stories.
Tally Johnson, a new face to the festival, will read from one of his “Ghosts of South Carolina Upcountry” books.
Following Ronni Lundy, the festival’s keynote speaker, there will be a “meet and greet” with the presenters from the festival in the first floor lobby of the Main Building.
Also during this time in the lobby, Peggy Waller innkeeper at the Inn at Merridun will host a cooking demonstration.
The event is free to everyone and will be held in the auditorium at USC Union.
A full schedule and participant list can be found on USC Union’s website: http://uscunion.sc.edu/
For more information, please call Randy Ivey or John Crocker at (864) 429-USCU.
You can also follow the festival on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/upcountryliteraryfestival