Things to Do: Literary Feasts

The Moveable Feasts are literary legend in the Myrtle Beach area: For $25 you get lunch at an esteemed local restaurant surrounded by literature lovers with a presentation by a published author.



Moveable Feasts are always on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed by book signings at 2 p.m. at Litchfield Books in Pawleys Island.


The Feast each Friday is prepared for the number of guests confirmed the Wednesday prior, so please pay two weeks in advance.  No refunds or rolling credit can be given for cancellations after the Wednesday prior to the feast. They assign seats at each of the luncheons. If you wish to be seated with a group or friend or if you have food allergies or are vegetarian, please let them know when you make your reservation.

For reservations, call (843) 235-9600 or  visit


Dec. 10 ~ William W. Starr (Whiskey, Kilts and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with Boswell and Johnson) at Ocean One

A celebration of Scottish life and spirited endorsement of the unexpected discoveries to be made through good travel and good literature. A memoir of a twenty-first-century literary pilgrimage to retrace the famous eighteenth-century Scottish journey of James Boswell and Samuel Johnson, two of the most celebrated writers of their day. An accomplished journalist and aficionado of fine literature, William W. Starr enlivens this crisply written travelogue with a playful wit, an enthusiasm for all things Scottish, the boon and burden of American sensibility, and an ardent appreciation for Boswell and Johnson ~ who make frequent cameos throughout these ramblings.

*Dec. 17 ~ Philip Powell (Holiday Piano Concert) at Bove, $35

With talent and touch comparable to any concert pianist on the national circuit, our own keyboard magician closes the 12th season of the Moveable Feast with a moving concert featuring the works of Chopin and Schumann.

*Monday, Dec. 20 ~ Sarah Kelly (Jazz Girl) at Applewood’s, $15

An intimate glimpse into the childhood of American jazz icon, Mary Lou Williams who, as a toddler, could sit at a piano and play any melody she heard. By the time she was six years old, “the little piano girl” helped support her family by playing at parties. Feeling shunned because of being much darker than her family members, and prone to “visions,” Mary endured jeers and taunts from white children. When she played her music, others listened and admired her for her talent.

Dec. 24 & Dec. 31 ~ No Moveable Feast!

Jan. 7 ~ Ken Burger (Sister Santee) at Inlet Affairs

“Ken Burger has done it again! Our favorite newspaper columnist uses words like a surgeon’s scalpel to peel the skin off his native state, that asylum we all know as South Carolina, exposing its haunted history and some infamously flawed people who crawl out of his mangy imagination. His second novel, Sister Santee, creates a perfect Palmetto State storm where changing times and racial realities torture every poor soul caught in the Sturm and Drang of the state’s self-imposed and natural disasters. So fasten your seatbelt, you’re in for a bumpy ride. Just like his first novel, Swallow Savannah, you won’t be able to put this one down.” ~ Pat Conroy

Jan. 14 ~ Lisa Genova (Left Neglected) at Pawleys Plantation

For starters, Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology, holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University, is a Meisner-trained actress, and delivered the 2008 winner of the Bronte Award with her runaway bestseller (originally self-published) Still Alice. In her new book, Left Neglected, Sarah Nickerson is a high-powered working mom with too much on her plate and too little time. One day, racing to work and trying to make a phone call, she looks away from the road for a second too long. In the blink of an eye, all the rapidly moving parts of her over-scheduled life come to a screeching halt. A traumatic brain injury completely erases the left side of her world. As she struggles to recover, she discovers she must embrace a simpler life, and in so doing begins to heal the things she’s left neglected in herself, her family, and the world around her. “The Universe gives Sarah Nickerson an unmistakable wake-up call in the form of a traumatic brain injury and a bizarre condition called Left Neglect. In her journey of recovery, she not only learns to pay attention to everything her mind wants her to ignore, she learns to pay attention to her heart’s true desires. This is a story about learning to live simpler and deeper, about paying attention to and nourishing what matters, about healing and becoming whole.”~ Lisa Genova

Jan. 21 ~ Beth Hoffman (Saving CeeCee Honeycutt) at Debordieu Clubhouse

In her New York Times bestselling debut novel, the author weaves together humor and heartbreak with lyrical prose, eccentric characters, and vivid descriptions. In 2004, after a life-threatening illness interrupted her successful and demanding interior design career in Cincinnati, her childhood dream of writing resurfaced. On the words of a complete stranger, she “realigned her energies” and sat down at her computer, finishing “CeeCee” four years later.

Jan. 28 ~ Susan Hasler (Intelligence, A Novel of the CIA) at Carefree Catering

Hasler charts the day-to-day efforts of a team of counterterrorist analysts … in a strong debut that puts most other thriller authors with similar backgrounds in the intelligence field to shame. A smart, blackhearted comedy that is hilarious, heartbreaking and terrifying.

Feb. 4 ~ Lou Dischler (My Only Sunshine) at Ocean One

A former inventor and senior scientist with an international manufacturing business, Lou Dischler made a stand one day, refused to wear the safety glasses, resigned and dedicated himself to writing fiction. Cajun by birth, he now makes his home in Spartanburg, SC. His first novel, My Only Sunshine, follows nine-year-old Charlie Boone, his gravel-eating younger brother Jute, his bank-robbing uncle Dan and girlfriend, and his Memaw and Papaw through their misadventures in this hilarious Cajun comedy set in Red Church, Louisiana, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis.

Feb. 11 ~ Ann Ipock (Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller) at DeBordieu Beach Club

Ann Ipock has established a reputation for dishing about all that’s holy and hilarious down South, and her new book carries on the tradition. From women’s cowlicks to men’s “BMS,” it’ll make you want to sit a spell right away. Get your copy today ~ and when your husband says, “Is that new?” say, “This old thing? Why, I’ve been reading Ann forever.”

Feb. 18 ~ Nicole Seitz (Inheritance of Beauty) at Bove

Beauty, like truth, is enduring. But only one can set you free. Maggie Black came of age in the lush, fragrant lowcountry of South Carolina, spending her days with her beloved brother and the boy she would grow up to marry. But when a stranger arrived one summer, Maggie couldn’t imagine the evil he would bring with him. And though she escaped with her life, the ramifications of that fateful summer would alter all of their lives forever. Now, some eighty years later, Maggie and her husband George are spending their remaining days in a nursing home, helpless as age slowly robs Maggie of her ability to communicate. When a mysterious package arrives, followed closely by a stranger whose identity haunts them, Maggie and George are hemmed in by a history they’d rather forget. As the truth reveals itself, George knows he must face the past and its lifetime of repercussions. It’s the only way to free himself and his precious wife ~ if it’s not too late. The Inheritance of Beauty is a rich and enchanting story about age and beauty, about the blessings and curses of each, and how true beauty endures for a lifetime.

Feb. 25 ~ Brian Hicks (Toward the Setting Sun: John Ross, The Cherokees and the Trail of Tears)

at Inlet Affairs

The forced removal of the Cherokee Indians from their homelands in Georgia, Tennessee and North Carolina has troubled the conscience of many historians and writers. Thomas Jefferson wanted to remove the Cherokees from Georgia as early as 1802, but the final push that forced nearly all the Cherokees to live west of the Mississippi River came during the presidency of Andrew Jackson. This tragic chronicle has numerous complex subplots that require a talented storyteller such as Brian Hicks. His absorbing narrative focuses on two important Cherokee families ~ the Rosses and the Ridges. John Ross, the elected principal chief of the Cherokees, persistently opposed removal only to be betrayed by his political mentor, Major Ridge and his mentor’s son, John Ridge.



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