The Moveable Feast: July 2015 Literary Luncheons


The Moveable Feast


Since 1998, The Moveable Feast features an established or debuting author. This series of literary luncheons takes place every Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at a variety of Grand Strand restaurants. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. Founded and managed by CLASSThe Moveable Feast showcases authors selected by Litchfield Books.

Here are The Moveable Feast July 2015 Luncheons:




Minnow by James McTeer

Friday, July 3, 2015 at Carefree Catering

Minnow was chosen by National Book Award finalist Ben Fountain as the winner of the 2014 South Carolina First Novel prize. Author Lauren Groff describes Minnow as “an urgent novel, as stark and wild as the fairy tale deep in its bones.” Born and raised in Beaufort, McTeer is the grandson of the late J. E. McTeer, whose 37 years as High Sheriff of the Lowcountry (and local witch doctor) served as inspiration for the winning novel. McTeer, 30, has worked for five years as a school media specialist and is currently the librarian at Polo Road Elementary School in Columbia. He lives in Lexington with his wife, but travels to Beaufort monthly “to soak in the marsh, the mud and the salty air.”


Idea of Love


The Idea of Love by Patti Callahan Henry

Friday, July 10, 2015 at Kimbel’s in Wachesaw

Screenwriter Harper has had two flops in succession. He needs a hit and he needs it badly. Empty of any new ideas and crippled with writer’s block, he decides that he will “steal” a love story. He can’t do that in Hollywood, of course, so he heads to the East Coast for a change of scenery, some new ideas, and above all, that good love story he needs. Taking on a fake identity as a historian interested in local folklore, he interviews townsfolk under the guise of getting to know their family stories. And in Bluff, SC, he meets Ella, a beautiful young woman who has lost her true love in a sailing accident; he drowned while saving her. Harper believes he has finally found his story: a love big enough to sacrifice your life for. But the thing is, Ella isn’t telling the truth. Her husband left her; she has a crappy job selling wedding shoes, and she lost her best friend in the divorce. In desperate need of a love story herself, Ella tells Harper the story of the life she wishes she had, and in the process, she starts acting like the woman she wishes she’d always been. Every time Ella tells Harper more of the made-up version of her life – her idea of love – she thinks, “one more time.” But soon they are both too deep into the lies to get out. Add dysfunctional families, small town chaos, eccentric neighbors and exes on both sides, the knot of lies looks too tight to undo. Can two people come together for all the wrong reasons and still make it right?


Floating on Air


Floating on Air: A Broadcasting Love Affair by Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Friday, July 17, 2015 at Pine Lakes Country Club, Myrtle Beach

You will laugh and cry with radio and TV interviews from the author’s four decades in the Myrtle Beach/Florence market. Celebrities like Dolly Parton, Jimmy Carter, Dizzy Gillespie, Jerry Lewis, Nancy Kerrigan, Jerry Falwell, Bobby Richardson, Charles Kuralt, Robert Duvall, Mickey Spillane and 70 more. Local treasures like Jimmy DeAngelo, Marge Stonebrook, Billy Roberts, Harry Love, Merlin Bellamy, Jack Thompson and others. Unbelievable obscene live phone calls and priceless on-air bloopers; some that will make you laugh and some that will touch your heart.




Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal

Friday, July 24, 2015 at Inlet Affairs

This big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans is a Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel, Goodreads Choice Awards, a LibraryReads and Okra Pick. When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been – and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum – is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets. For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places. By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts.


Heroes are my Weakness


Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Friday, July 31, 2015 at Pawleys Plantation

New York Times bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips is back with a delightful novel filled with her sassy wit and dazzling charm. He’s a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She’s a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids’ puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she’s not laughing now.

Your participation includes 10% off the purchase price of the featured book at Litchfield Books, and each Feast is followed by a signing at Litchfield Books at 2:00 p.m. Most Feasts are $25. Reservations may be made online or by phone at (843) 235-9600. For more information, visit the website here.

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