One of the biggest book and literary events in South Carolina is being canceled.
The South Carolina Book Festival has been held in Columbia for nearly 20 years, but the state is shutting the annual three day event down in favor of new, year round literacy programs to be hosted in communities statewide.
Executive Director of the Humanities Council of South Carolina, Randy Akers said, “Yes, it was a difficult decision but I think a good strategic decision that is based on our mission.”
Akers said the new initiative will include a literary speakers bureau featuring authors and writing instructors, conferences, workshops, a fast-track literary grant opportunity for statewide organizations for writers series, and a literary track at the annual SC Humanities Festival, which is hosted in a different town each year.
“Don’t fear,” he said. “We are going to have some good literary programs going on and probably one close to you.”