The Moveable Feast: May 2013 Literary Luncheons

Literary luncheons with authors at Grand Strand area restaurants

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 Waccamaw Neck restaurants. Founded and managed by CLASSThe Moveable Feast showcases authors selected by Litchfield Books.

Here are The Moveable Feast May 2013 luncheons:

Art is a Powerful Language: Willard Hirsch – The Man, The Artist  by Jane Hirsch

Friday, May 3, 2013 at Carefree Catering

Willard Hirsch (1905-1982) was Charleston’s premier sculptor of the twentieth century. He was remarkably agile, working on a wide range of subjects, from Biblical themes to whimsy, and in such varied media as wood, terra-cotta, bronze, fiberglass and steel. Today, his sculptures can be found throughout the country, but especially in his native South Carolina, including Brookgreen Gardens. This beautiful volume, compiled by his daughter Jane Hirsch, presents an inside view of the man and his art, his  humor, his firm standards and his enormous creativity.

Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution by Nathaniel Philbrick

*Special Wednesday Event, May 8, 2013

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Pine Lakes Country Club

Boston in 1775 is an island city occupied by British troops after a series of incendiary incidents by patriots who range from sober citizens to thuggish vigilantes. In June, with the city cut off from supplies by a British blockade and Patriot militia poised in siege, skirmishes give way to outright war in the Battle of Bunker Hill. It would be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story. He finds new characters, and new facets to familiar ones. With passion and insight, Philbrick reconstructs the revolutionary landscape-geographic and ideological-in a mesmerizing narrative of the robust, messy, blisteringly real origins of America.

Unwritten by Charles Martin

Friday, May 10, 2013 at Tara Ballroom

An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future. When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats and a deep knowledge of fishing, and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It’s a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he’s still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help. Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn’s problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach. But there is one person who still may be able to save her from herself. He will show her an alternate escape, a way to write a new life. But Katie still must confront her past before she can find peace. Ultimately, he will need to leave his secluded home and sacrifice the serenity he’s found to help her. From the Florida coast, they will travel to the French countryside where they will discover the unwritten story of both their pasts and their future.

Southern Bound by John Sledge with Walter Edgar

Friday, May 17, 2013 at Pawleys Plantation

A collection of extraordinary columns on all things literary from an accomplished Southern critic, historian and preservationist. Southern Bound represents a running conversation on books, writers and literary travel written by John S. Sledge for the Mobile Press-Register Books page from 1995 to 2011. The collection, with a foreword by Walter Edgar, includes more than 100 of the best pieces culled from Sledge’s total output of approximately 700 columns. Engaging and spirited, Southern Bound represents the critical art at its most accessible and will prove entertaining fare for anyone who loves the written word.

Losing My Sister by Judy Goldman

Friday, May 24, 2013 at Kimbel’s in Wachesaw

Goldman beautifully renders the complexity of sibling relationships with candidness, tenderness and sorrow in a book that speaks to the human ability to forgive and attain a measure of peace amid loss. Pat Conroy writes, “There is a great luminous beauty to Judy Goldman’s writing that delights me. Few writers in America have ever written with such passion and insight about the joys and great perils of family life.”

Age of Desire by Jennie Fields

Friday, May 31, 2013 at JD’s Steakhouse

They say behind every great man is a woman. Behind novelist Edith Wharton, there was Anna Bahlmann – her governess turned literary secretary, and her mothering, nurturing friend. When at the age of 45, Edith falls passionately in love with a dashing younger journalist, Morton Fullerton, and is at last opened to the world of the sensual, it threatens everything certain in her life but especially her abiding friendship with Anna. As Edith’s marriage crumbles and Anna’s disapproval threatens to shatter their lifelong bond, the women must face the fragility at the heart of all friendships. Told through the points of view of both women, The Age of Desire takes us on a vivid journey through Wharton’s early Gilded Age world: Paris with its glamorous literary salons and dark secret cafés, the Whartons’ elegant house in Lenox, Massachusetts, and Henry James’s manse in Rye, England. Edith’s real letters and intimate diary entries are woven throughout the book. The Age of Desire brings to life one of literature’s most beloved writers, whose own story was as complex and nuanced as that of any of the heroines she created.

Paid reservations for The Moveable Feast are requested by the Wednesday prior to the event. Most Feasts are $25. Reservations may be made online at or by phone at (843) 235-9600.