BookFest — Bookshelves looking a little sparse? Friends of the Charleston County Library is hosting its 25th annual big ol’ book sale at the Gaillard, with over 60,000 gently used books, CDs, DVDs, and more on sale starting at 50 cents. The BookFest typically attracts more than 10,000 book lovers from around the area looking for new reads, old favorites, and cheap gifts for fellow bookworms. Get first pick on Thurs. Oct. 11 at a special catered pre-sale held for Friends of the Library members. Not a member? You can join at the door. Tickets are $20, and the event lasts from 5:30-8 p.m. If you can’t make the pre-sale (or you’d rather not shell out $20), you’ll still get an outstanding selection to choose from, as the tables are restocked daily to keep the choices fresh. The books were all donated and chosen for best quality. Cash only. —Erica Jackson Oct. 12-13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Oct. 14, 12-3 p.m. Free. Gaillard Auditorium, 77 Calhoun St. (843) 577-7400. www.ccpl.org. FRIDAY-SUNDAY
SEWE Fall Soiree — The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is the nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event, and it happens right here in Charleston every February. For those who just can’t wait ‘til the spring, SEWE is hosting a fall soiree this Friday, patterned after the wildly popular party held during the Expo. The casual event will feature music and dancing with Men of Distinction, an open bar, and a Lowcountry feast including oysters, barbecue, wild game treats, and more. There will also be a silent auction and raffle from Ducks Unlimited, and the 2008 SEWE poster will be unveiled by featured artist Peggy Watkins. —Erica Jackson Oct. 12, 7 p.m. $40/advance, $50/door. (843) 723-1748. Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. www.sewe.com. FRIDAY
[image-1]Edgar Allan Poe: Back from the Grave — On Saturday night, historic Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island will be transformed into a haunting — and very unique — performance space celebrating the life and works of Edgar Allan Poe. The night will consist of four acts in which groups of 100 spectators will be welcomed into the dark, special-effects filled fort and allowed to wander through the labyrinthine passages where Poe himself marched as a soldier. They’ll encounter over a dozen rooms throughout the trek, each of which includes actors (from PURE Theatre) performing vignettes from Poe’s life and works. The individual vignettes will be repeated periodically, so if you miss the first half, you can stick around or come back to catch it again. After walking through the passages, viewers will wander to the open-air center of the fort, where they’ll enjoy a performance by Cabaret Kiki. With mini-plays from some of Charleston’s best actors, great special effects by Wonderworlds from Charlotte, and music from Cabaret Kiki, it promises to be a memorable event. All tickets include refreshments from Poe’s Tavern, the lead sponsor of the event. If you’re a VIP, you’ll enjoy pre-show libations at Mugdock Castle, a nearby medieval-style church. The event is being produced by Creative Spark Center for the Arts in cooperation with the National Park Service at Fort Moultrie. Not suitable for young children. —Erica Jackson Oct. 13, 7-8:30 p.m. $25, $50/VIP. (843) 509-0972. Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island. SATURDAY
The Big Read on Marion Square — The NEA-Sponsored Big Read event wraps up this weekend, with a few more events going on celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. The poetic pick tells the story of beautiful and vivacious Janie’s journey from simple beginnings to independence and love by way of three failed marriages (much to the chagrin of her small town) in the 1920s. If you only get to one event, make it Saturday night’s showing of the 2005 film adaptation of the book (rated PG-13) on the giant screen in Marion Square. Live music will kick off the fall evening in the park, with the Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated movie starring Halle Berry following at dusk. Eats from T&T’s Original Kettle Korn, City Lights Coffee, and D’Allesandro’s Pizza beat movie concessions hands down. Picnic blanket or beach chair recommended; Fido welcome if leashed. Also wrapping up the Big Read this weekend are two finale events. On Oct. 14 at 2 p.m. at Riverfront Park in North Charleston, Nia Production African Dance Company and performing arts students from area schools will provide entertainment for the whole family. On the same day at 5:30 p.m. at Emanuel AME Church (110 Calhoun St.) enjoy song, dance, prose, and more as you witness a variety of expressions of faith. Oct. 13. Free. (843) 805-6803. Marion Square. SATURDAY
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