Books written by some of the authors who will be part of Charleston Literary Festival this year | Photos provided

The Charleston Literary Festival will bring an exciting lineup of award-winning authors to the city when it returns in November. Individual tickets and packages for this highly-anticipated event for book lovers now are on sale through

“In an era of post-truth, this year’s festival features novelists, historians, biographers, scientists, poets, and investigative journalists whose pursuit of integrity and authenticity is central to our aim of driving conversations about the human condition and contemporary society,” said Diana Reich, the artistic director for the Charleston Literary Festival (CLF).

This year’s lineup includes: 

  • Hernan Diaz, author of 2022 Booker Prize long-listed Trust
  • Patrick Redden Keefe, author of the New York Times bestseller Empire of Pain; and 
  • Tiya Miles, winner of the National Book award winner in 2021 for her All That She Carried: The Journey of Ashley’s Sack, a Black Family Keepsake.
  • Other nationally-known authors will include Tina Brown, Geraldine Brooks, Frans de Waal, Renee Dudley, Eddie Glaude Jr., Jean Hanff Korelitz, Jyoti Thottam and Elizabeth Williamson.

The festival will take place from Nov. 4-13 at notable, historic Charleston venues including the Dock Street Theatre and the Circular Congregational Church that offer the perfect backdrop for literary events.

CLF will offer most of its events live with a small selection of online sessions featuring international authors. This year’s programming revolves around intimate conversations on-stage between authors and interlocutors, including an opportunity for audience members to interact.  

Great opening night performance 

This year’s festival also will include a fun opening party 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at the College of Charleston’s Cistern Yard.  The evening of dancing, eating and drinking the best of Southern cuisine will include an exclusive performance by world-renowned jazz musician and composer Wycliffe Gordon and his International All-Stars. Tickets are available here.

Advanced purchases for books can be made through Buxton Books. More information on programming, including a sign-up form for newsletters, is available on the Charleston Literary Festival website.

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