Charleston County Public Library’s Literacy Festival to feature author talks, workshops and the first-ever OtrantoCon, a “comic-con” style convention

Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) is hosting the Write On! Literacy Festival, featuring authors, workshops and activities celebrating writing, starting on Saturday, July 28 through Saturday, August 4. The festival includes the first OtrantoCon 2018, a free event for all ages who love anime, comics, science, fiction, fantasy, and cosplay, at the Otranto Road Regional Branch, located at 2261 Otranto Rd. in North Charleston.

The Write On! Literacy Festival will feature the following events throughout the week:

·         OtrantoCon 2018

·         Memoir Writing and Publishing with Cinelle Barnes

·         African American Women, Literature and Spirituality

·         Volunteer Fair

·         An Evening with La Jill Hunt

·         Outdoor Poetry Reading

·         Fiction Writing Workshop with Grady Hendrix

·         Name the Poet Contest

·         Featured Event: Write On! Literacy Festival

The festival’s primary event will be held at the Main Library, located at 68 Calhoun Street in Charleston, on Saturday, Aug. 4 and will feature writers and artists including horror story writer Grady Hendrix, poet Richard Garcia, CCPL’s own historian and host of the Charleston Time Machine podcast Dr. Nic Butler and the keynote speaker and author Nic Stone. Stone was just recently named a finalist for the 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for “Dear Martin.” Also, be sure not to miss USC’s Cocky Reading Express Storytime in the Children’s area! For a list of the week’s events, click here.

This event is made possible in partnership with the following organizations:

·         Begin With Books

·         Carolina Studios

·         Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry

·         Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary arts

·         PLAYtek

·         Reforge Charleston

·         Reading Partners

·         Redux

·         South Carolina Audubon

·         Trident Literacy Association

OtrantoCon welcomes community members of all ages and encourages them to come dressed to impress the judges of cosplay at this family-friendly event. (Cosplay: the activity or practice of dressing up as a character from a work of fiction such as a comic book, video game, or television show.) There will be food, fun outdoor activities and giveaways. Registration is not required. The event will include local artists, authors and gaming vendors like:

·         Carolina Party Artists

·         Sew Busy Badger

·         Final Round Game Shop

·         Quintin Chaplin

·         Arylias Nova

·         Dylan Adams

·         Mandalorian Merc Costuming Club

·         Nintendo of America (featuring a gaming demonstration table)

·         Starlite Gaming

·         Drew Harmon & Thomas Campbell

·         Pelican’s SnoBalls West Ashley

·         Geechee Grub Lowcountry Cuisine

For a complete listing of these events and details, visit www.ccpl.org and click on the respective banners.

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