November 8 & 9, 2018

A LITTLE MORE...

The two-day Festival will celebrate and promote literature and reading with renowned authors Celeste Ng, Adrian Matejka, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, and Kristin Robertson. 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

Celeste Ng
Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is the author of two novels, Everything I Never Told You and Little Fires Everywhere.

 

Her first novel, Everything I Never Told You (2014), was a New York Times bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book of 2014, Amazon’s #1 Best Book of 2014, and named a best book of the year by over a dozen publications. Everything I Never Told You was also the winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, the ALA’s Alex Award, and the Medici Book Club Prize, and was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Ohioana Award, the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger Award, and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. It has been translated into over two dozen languages.

 

Celeste’s second novel, Little Fires Everywhere, was published by Penguin Press in September 2017, and is a New York Times bestseller, Amazon’s #2 best book and best fiction book of 2017, and was named a best book of the year by over 25 publications. It was also the winner of the Goodreads Readers Choice Award 2017 in Fiction, and will soon be published abroad in more than 20 countries.

 

Celeste grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio. She graduated from Harvard University and earned an MFA from the University of Michigan (now the Helen Zell Writers’ Program at the University of Michigan), where she won the Hopwood Award. Her fiction and essays have appeared in the New York Times, One Story, The Guardian, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Adrian Matejka
Adrian Matejka

Adrian Matejka is the author of The Devil’s Garden (Alice James Books, 2003) which won the New York / New England Award and Mixology (Penguin, 2009), a winner of the 2008 National Poetry Series. Mixology was also a finalist for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature. His third collection, The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), focuses on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion of the world. The Big Smoke was awarded the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was also a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, 2014 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and 2014 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. His most recent book, Map to the Stars, was published by Penguin in 2017.

 

Among Matejka’s other honors are the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award, the Julia Peterkin Award, a Pushcart Prize, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists.

 

Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He is a graduate of Indiana University and the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He teaches in the MFA program at Indiana University in Bloomington and is the Poet Laureate of Indiana. 

Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
Margaret Wilkerson Sexton

Born and raised in New Orleans, Margaret Wilkerson Sexton is the author of A Kind of Freedom.

 

She studied creative writing at Dartmouth College and law at UC Berkeley. She was a recipient of the Lombard Fellowship and spent a year in the Dominican Republic working for a civil rights organization and writing. Her debut novel, A Kind of Freedom, was long-listed for the National Book Award, and her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in The New York Times Book ReviewOprah.comLenny LetterThe Massachusetts ReviewGrey Sparrow Journal, and other publications. She lives in the Bay Area, California, with her family.

 

Kristin Robertson
Kristin Robertson

Kristin Robertson is the author of Surgical Wing (Alice James Books, 2017).

 

Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in PloughsharesThe Threepenny ReviewThe Gettysburg ReviewHarvard ReviewPrairie SchoonerPleiades, and many other journals. A graduate of Georgia State University, the University of New Orleans, and the University of Tennessee, Kristin has won prizes or scholarships from The Raleigh ReviewThe Greensboro ReviewRHINOYemassee, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.

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.