November 9 & 10, 2017

A LITTLE MORE...

The two-day Festival will celebrate and promote literature and reading with renowned authors Dan Chaon, Ross Gay, Landon Houle, and Gregory Pardlo. During the day, writers will talk about writing and their works in various panel discussions. Each evening, two writers will read from their work. All readings will be followed by a book signing, as well as a reception at The Cottage on Francis Marion’s campus. You can bring your own copies of books by these writers, but books will also be on sale during the day. Come and enjoy a day of reading and talking about texts with writers and readers in the community and on campus.

Authors

Gregory Pardlo
Gregory Pardlo

Gregory Pardlo’s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.

Ross Gay
Ross Gay

Ross Gay is the author of three books: Against Which; Bringing the Shovel Down; and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. Catalog was also a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award in Poetry, the Ohioana Book Award, the Balcones Poetry Prize, the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award, and it was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. He teaches at Indiana University.

Dan Chaon
Dan Chaon

A gifted and haunting storyteller with his finger on the pulse of modern consciousness, Dan Chaon spellbinds his audiences—readers and critics alike. His best-known short story collection, Among the Missing, was nominated for the National Book Award, while his subsequent novels, You Remind Me of Me and Await Your Reply, have been honored on best-of-the-year lists nationwide. His fiction has appeared in such prestigious journals and anthologies as the Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. His most recent collection of short stories, Stay Awake, was a finalist for the 2012 Story Prize.

Landon Houle
Landon Houle

Dr. Landon Houle teaches the creative writing: fiction workshop in addition to courses in literature and composition. Her writing has won contests at Black Warrior ReviewCrab Creek Review, and Permafrost. Her story “Travelers” was named a Pushcart Prize special mention, and her essay “The Plains We Cross” was named a notable in The Best American Essays. Other work has appeared in Baltimore ReviewCrazyhorseNatural BridgeHarpur PalateRiver Styx and elsewhere. She is the fiction editor at Raleigh Review.

WHAT TO BRING

Yourself and a friend! Also, if you have any works by the authors, bring those so the authors can sign them. If you don’t own any of the works by the authors, books will be available for purchase.