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    August 16, 2018
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    The Annual Bluffton Book Festival
    Kicks Off Year Three with
    Pre-Festival Events from Bluffton to Hilton Head Island!
    The Bluffton Book Festival will kick-off its 2018 festivities with celebratory events in August, September, and October with Schools, Eateries, and Retail Establishments
    We Are Proud to Bring KWAME ALEXANDER, Poet, Educator, Newberry Winner, and
    New York Times’ Bestselling Author of 28 Books to River Ridge Academy’s 6th-8th Graders for a Presentation and Book Signing on Thursday, August 23rd!
    (Bluffton, SC – August 16, 2018) – Bestselling author, KWAME ALEXANDER, a recent recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award will visit sixth, seventh and eighth grade students at River Ridge Academy on Thursday, August 23rd. Media Specialist, Lynda Jernigan said “River Ridge Academy is so excited and honored to have Kwame Alexander visit our school.  Having Kwame share his love of reading and writing with our students is the perfect way to kick off the new school year!”
    The excitement continues in November! This year’s festival focuses on the year of teaching kids of all ages to dream big. The November featured author appearances kicks-off with Keynote Speaker, SANDRA BROWN, the author of sixty-nine New York Times bestsellers. There are over eighty million copies of her books in print worldwide, and her work has been translated into thirty-four languages. Join our mailing list at https://www.blufftonbookfestival.com/we-support for updates and announcements about this upcoming event.
    More featured authors participating in various festival events include MISTY COPELAND, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer and bestselling author; LISA BLACK and JOHN GILSTRAP, New York Times’ bestselling thriller writers; local celebrity chef SALLIE ANN ROBINSON and co-author, JENNY HERSCH; CHARREAH JACKSON Essence magazine Senior Editor; and KENNY LEON, the Tony Award-Winning Director and bestselling author.
    The November festival of events begin Thursday, November 15th with a Pat Conroy Literary Center lecture entitled “Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy,” to be held at the Bluffton Library. Continuing on Friday, November 16th will be workshops for writers and readers, and the popular VIP Reception with our featured authors. The 2018 Reception is entitled, Books, Bourbon, and Brew. Tickets will go on sale for this event in September. On Saturday, November 17th, the public is invited to come out from 10:00am to 3:00pm to Calhoun Street in Historic Old Town Bluffton to meet and greet authors, and purchase signed copies of their books; to bring their children to the new Kids Corner located inside the festival; and enjoy food and wares from local and regional vendors.  For more information on these and other events visit our website or “Like” us on Facebook.
    A portion of the proceeds raised during the three-day event will benefit two non-profit organizations: The Literacy Center (TLC) in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island and The Book Industry Charitable Foundation (Binc). With the help of TLC, thousands of adults and children have been equipped with reading and writing skills; and through Binc booksellers are provided with financial support for natural disasters, medical bills, and domestic violence situations among other needs.
    For more information about the festival (#BBFsc18), including how to become a sponsor, please visit www.blufftonbookfestival.com; or call 843-707-6409.
    About the Charities
    The Literacy Center
    Our mission is to strengthen literacy in Beaufort County by providing people with the reading, writing, math and speaking skills to be successful in the community, workplace and family. We are proud to be Beaufort County's only nonprofit adult and family literacy organization, serving more than 600 students a year at eight sites. Established in 1973, TLC teaches Adult Literacy preparing students to get a G.E.D, Work Keys Certificate or become a citizen.  The Family Literacy 360 program empowers families to break the intergenerational cycle of low literacy.
    Additional information can be found at http://www.theliteracycenter.org.
    The Binc Foundation
    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community. Established in 1996, the core program provides assistance to bookstore employees who have a demonstrated financial need arising from severe hardship and/or emergency circumstances. Since its inception, the organization has provided more than $6 million in financial assistance and scholarships to more than 7,000 families. Support for the Foundation’s programs and services come from all sectors of the book industry.
    The Book Industry Charitable Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the bookselling community through charitable programs that support employees and their families.  The Foundation was imagined and built by booksellers and proudly continues to be their safety net.  It is our vision to be a caring community of book people.
    Additional information can be found at http://www.bincfoundation.org.

    Rockelle Henderson, Founder
    The Bluffton Book Festival