lilaCharleston’s literary non-profit organization, the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA), will host an author book sale and signing event on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at Circular Church, 150 Meeting St.

The afternoon (1-5 p.m.) inaugural event will feature best-sellers and indie favorites from across the Lowcountry. Over thirty best-selling and debut authors will do 10 minute readings throughout the afternoon and be available for book signings.

Just a few of the authors participating so far include:

  • Mary Alice Monroe
  • Bernard Cornwell
  • Bret Lott
  • Marjory Wentworth
  • Ray McManus
  • Nicole Seitz
  • John Thompson
  • Peter Cotton
  • Susan Boyer
  • Micah Nathan
  • Elise Blackwell

Little_Free_Library,_Easthampton_MAThis unique fundraiser will promote LILA’s upcoming Charleston Little Free Library Project, which will provide free neighborhood “take a book, return a book” stations throughout the Charleston area. A $2 at-the-door donation is requested, and attendees will automatically be entered into a raffle for hourly drawings of autographed books. PLUS: A silent auction featuring private lunches with some of the Lowcountry’s favorite authors and more will be held from 1 – 4 p.m. in the main event room, with winners announced at 4:15 p.m.

lfl-schoolhouse  LILA President Shari Stauch said of Charleston’s Little Free Library Project, “Part of LILA’s mission is to help support the already rich writing and reading community in the Lowcountry. There are 30,000 registered little free libraries in the world but only a handful set up by private citizens throughout the Lowcountry. We want to expand that community vision. Charleston deserves to be a part of this.”

little-library-lawerence-ksSpearheading the project is former Penguin editor and author Signe Pike. Said Signe, “This is a fabulous chance for book lovers to do some holiday shopping and meet some of their favorite authors while having a hand in supporting Charleston’s Little Free Library Project, too.”

A build event will be scheduled for May 2016, and as each library box is built and decorated, it will be registered with the International Little Free Library registry and map, showing off the Lowcountry’s love of literature to a global audience.


Spread the news of our book fair and come on out and join us! If you’d like to volunteer that day, or donate books or items for the silent auction, please email We look forward to seeing you on November 15th!

About the Little Free Library Project

The Little Free Library ( ) promotes literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide. A Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” free book exchange, where anyone may pick up a book or two, or bring a book to share. Each Library itself is a piece of neighborhood art that functions like a mini-town square. As of July 2015, there are over 30,000 registered Little Free Library book exchanges in all 50 U.S. states and over 70 countries around the world.

About LILA

The Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) is a 501(c)3 literary outreach organization. Its mission is to nurture and promote the literary arts in South Carolina. A board of directors — authors, poets, editors, teachers, booksellers and local supporters of literature – work to fulfill LILA’s mission.

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