WELCOME to the 2017


 After a wonderful inaugural Festival in 2016, we are thrilled to 

announce that the 2017 Bluffton Book Festival has flourished with

twice the authors (including 3 NY Times best sellers) and nationally                                                                      syndicated reviewer "The Bookworm" plus other added features and                                                    activities... all in beautiful, historic Old Town Bluffton, SC over 3 days,                                                               November 16-18.  We look forward to seeing you here!


  • Thursday, 11/16 - FREE LECTURE SERIES in partnership with THE PAT CONROY LITERARY CENTER 

3:30-4:30pm / Bluffton Public Library

Pat Conroy's Love of Place and of Food presented by Ed Williams 


“A recipe is a story that ends with a good meal."  --- Pat Conroy


Learn about beloved author Pat Conroy’s lowcountry heart as reflected in selections of several of his popular books. Also hear about this master southern storyteller and passionate cook through stories and recipes, particularly those that come from the bounty of the tidal waters and marshes of Beaufort County. Presented by Sun City resident Ed Williams, a retired college professor who has been a lifelong fan of Pat Conroy and has read everything Conroy has written. Prof. Williams has taught courses on Pat Conroy for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at USC Beaufort for the past two years and is also a patron of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.



4:30-6:00pm / Bluffton Public Library

A conversation with Pat Conroy’s Story River Books featuring Cassandra King Conroy, Ellen Malphrus, Bernie Schein, and Maggie Schein, moderated by Jonathan Haupt


“Story River Books is a gift to writers and to readers.” --- Pat Conroy


Beloved southern writer Pat Conroy continued to teach long after he left the classroom, serving as a mentor, inspiration, and tribal elder to dozens of writers over his fifty-year writing career. In his final years, he volunteered to serve as editor at larger (or more accurately as “editor at larger-than-life”) of the original southern fiction imprint Story River Books, selecting and championing 22 books by a talented group of writers, both well-known and largely unknown. Join us for a lively conversation with Conroy’s widow and fellow novelist Cassandra King Conroy along with three of Story River’s Beaufort-based writers, Ellen Malphrus, author of Untying the Moon: A Novel; Bernie Schein, author of Famous All Over Town: A Novel; and Maggie Schein, author of Lost Cantos of the Ouroborous Caves, moderated by Conroy Center executive director and former publisher of Story River Books Jonathan Haupt. A book signing will follow the panel discussion.

  • Friday, 11/17 - WORKSHOPS

    • Daytime event, to be announced

  • Friday, 11/17 - VIP AUTHORS' RECEPTION

    • 6:00-8:00pm, Outback Steakhouse Private Terrace, 100 Buckwalter Pkwy, Bluffton

    • Q&A Session and Signings with VIP Authors, fun-filled prizes, and more!

    • Click here for tickets: http://blufftonbookvip.cityspin.com/

  • Saturday, 11/18 - FESTIVAL

    • 10:00am-4:00pm, Calhoun Street 

    • Free admission to public, rain or shine outdoor event

    • Author readings and signings, books for sale, children's activities (face painting, read-aloud, and more), music, food & beverages for sale, raffles & sweepstakes, other vendors

Detailed Festival schedule will be posted closer to event date.

Visit www.blufftonbookfestival.com and FB/Twitter/IG to stay up-to-date on festival activities.




WELCOME to the 2017