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S.C. Arts Commission Literary Award Winners to Participate in S.C. Book Festival



April 26, 2011

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission is pleased to announce that Matt Matthews, winner of the 2010 First Novel Prize, is scheduled to participate in two panels at the S.C. Book Festival May 14-15 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street. The agency is also pleased to report that several other S.C. Arts Commission award winners are taking part in the festival.


“We are honored to present these talented writers at the 15th annual S.C. Book Festival and to continue our support of this event, which continues to gain visibility and significance in our state and the Southeast,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May.  “The Book Festival celebrates writers and creates new readers for their work throughout South Carolina and beyond.”


Matthews, who is pastor of St. Giles Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., will discuss his award-winning novel, “Mercy Creek,” during a panel with other debut novelists from 11:15 a.m. -12:05 p.m. on Saturday, May 14. He will also participate in the “Writing with Faith: Christian Writers” panel from 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. Sunday, May 15. 


Martha Southgate, S.C. Arts Commission Prose Fellowship judge, and Ed Madden, S.C. Arts Commission Prose Fellow, will participate in the “S.C. Arts Commission Celebrates Fiction” panel from 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Saturday, May 14. They will be joined by Rae Paris, S.C. Fiction Project judge, and James McCallister, one of eight S.C. Fiction project winners, whose story is featured in the March/April issue of Sandlapper Magazine. S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May will moderate the panel.


Later that day, Barbara G.S. Haggerty, the current S.C. Arts Commission Poetry Fellow, will read with other poets, including former S.C. Arts Commission Literature Fellow John Lane, during the Poetry I panel from 3 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. For more details about each panel, or to learn more about the S.C. Book Festival, visit SCBookFestival.org.


First Novel Contest literary partners are Hub City Press, the South Carolina State Library and the Humanities CouncilSC. For more information about the First Novel Contest or about any of the S.C. Arts Commission’s literary programs, visit SouthCarolinaArts.com.


About the S.C. Arts Commission

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.