The Moveable Feast: May 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 May 2015 Luncheons:


Art and Craft


Art & Craft: Thirty Years on the Literary Beat by Bill Thompson

Friday, May 1, 2015 at Austin’s Ocean One Restaurant

Art and Craft presents the hand-picked fruit of Bill Thompson’s three decades covering writers and writing as book review editor of Charleston, South Carolina’s Post and Courier. Beginning with a foreword by Charleston novelist Josephine Humphreys, this collection is a compendium of interviews featuring some of the most distinguished novelists and nonfiction writers in America and abroad, including Tom Wolfe, Pat Conroy, Joyce Carol Oates, Rick Bragg, and Anthony Bourdain, as well as many South Carolinians. The ten thematic chapters, ranging from the Southern Renaissance, literature, biography and travel writing to crime fiction and Civil War history, include a sampling of Thompson’s reviews.


Understanding Pat Conroy

Understanding Pat Conroy by Pat Conroy & Catherine Seltzer

*Friday, May 8, 2015 at Tara Ballroom, Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, $46*

An in-depth study of the best-selling author and leading figure of late-twentieth-century Southern literature. Pat Conroy’s work as a novelist and a memoirist has indelibly shaped the image of the American South in the cultural imagination. His writing has rendered the physical landscape of the South Carolina lowcountry familiar to legions of readers, and it has staked out a more complex geography as well, one defined by domestic trauma, racial anxiety, religious uncertainty, and cultural ambivalence. Seltzer begins with a sketch of Conroy’s biography, a narrative that, while fascinating in its own right, is employed here to illuminate many of the motifs and characters that define his work and to locate him within Southern literary tradition. The volume then moves on to explore each of Conroy’s major works, tracing the evolution of the themes within and among each of his novels. *Includes an autographed book.


Voyagers of the Gray Dawn: Finding Henry by Paul Grimshaw

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 at Inlet Affairs

This follow-up to the alternate history time travel thriller, Travelers of the Gray Dawn (2013), is a stand-alone prequel to the first title. The story unfolds in Princeton, New Jersey, as Henry Rollins, a prodigious young Ph.D. math professor and assistant to Albert Einstein, is caught up in the tumultuous exploits of World War II U.S. Naval top-secret experimentation. As Einstein’s miscalculations and a stowaway Nazi spy interfere, the young doctor is hurled headlong into a world he’s only heard rumor of; a parallel universe where the Confederate States of America is the governing body over a good deal of the former United States of America. Back home, Rollins’ wife Margaret is desperate to reunite with her missing husband and may just have a clue where he is. Filled with historical facts and alternate history imaginings, Rollins’ epic travels, hinted at in the first book, are explored in detail in this new prequel. Filled with never-before-imagined naval battles between German U-boats, U.S. Navy Destroyers, and Civil War ironclads, Rollins and a newfound travel companion do their best to each find his own path in the mayhem.




Waterline by Elizabeth Robertson Huntsinger

Friday, May 15, 2015 at Sea View Inn

Unofficially blamed for the recent, mysterious death of her estranged, adulterous husband in a fiery explosion, antiques dealer and Civil War re-enactor Virginia Ross is living aboard her 1948 motor-yacht, Chaucer, and working to fully restore it to its original character. While fulfilling her long-time dream of opening her own shop specializing in maritime antiques, Virginia becomes friends with octogenarian customer Miss Eugenia Allston and romantically involved with Remy Ravenel, the artist she contracts to paint the name on Chaucer’s stern. Suddenly, Virginia begins to uncover startling parallels between her husband’s probable murder and a pair of decades-old unsolved mysteries – the disappearance of Miss Eugenia’s half-sister Geneva McKenna during Hurricane Hazel of 1954, and the apparent murder of Geneva’s gentleman friend aboard Geneva’s boat, Cheshire, in 1949.Could the mysterious death of Virginia’s husband be somehow linked to Geneva, who disappeared so long ago and happened to own a boat eerily similar to Virginia’s? Or are these events merely coincidental? Virginia finds herself fighting for her own life as she races against time to unscramble the pieces of the decades-old crimes, hoping they will lead her to answers.


Summer's End


The Summer’s End by Mary Alice Monroe

Friday, May 22, 2015 at Pawleys Plantation

In the powerful and heartwarming conclusion to her bestselling Lowcountry Summer trilogy, New York Times author Mary Alice Monroe brings her readers back to the charm and sultry beauty of Sullivan’s Island to reveal how the pull of family bonds and true love is as strong and steady as the tides. It is summer’s end and Sea Breeze, the family’s beloved estate must be sold. It is an emotional time of transition as Mamaw and the three sisters each must face loss and find a new place in the world. Harper, the youngest sister, arrived at Sea Breeze intending to stay only a weekend, but a rift with her wealthy, influential mother left her without direction or a home. During this remarkable summer, free from her mother’s tyranny and with the help of her half-sisters, Harper discovered her talents and independent spirit. But summer is ending, and the fate of Sea Breeze hinges on Harper’s courage to decide the course of her own life. To do so, she must release her insecurities, recognize her newfound strengths, and must accept love fully into her life.


Sound of Glass


The Sound of Glass by Karen White

Friday, May 29, 2015 at Kimbel’s in Wachesaw

The New York Times bestselling author of A Long Time Gone now explores a Southern family’s buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret. It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward’s husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news – Cal’s family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal’s reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life – and feeling guilt from her husband’s tragic death – Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates her new life – a new life complicated by the arrival of her too-young stepmother and ten-year-old half-brother. Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the Low Country.

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.


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