Chalkboard with writing

Letters About Literature is a reading-writing contest that encourages students to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre, explaining how that author’s work changed your way of thinking about the world or yourself.

Photo of the plaque at the Benjamin E. Mays Historical site

Please join us for a Literary Landmark Distinction Ceremony and Plaque Unveiling at the GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E.

Photo of children at the Read-In in costume holding Kids Who Read Succeed signs.

More than 2000 students from across the state will gather at the South Carolina State House on Tuesday, April 2, to celebrate reading at the 2019 South Carolina Read-In.

Image of a chalkboard with text asking How Did an Author's Work Change Your View of the World or Yourself.

Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program.

Logo for the Library of Congress' Center for the Book

Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S.

Photograph of author Scott Sharpe

The South Carolina Arts Commission, Hub City Press, the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina State Library are pleased to announce that the winner of the 2018 South Carolina Novel Prize is Scott Sharpe for his manuscript “Whispering into the Wind.”

route one reads logo

For the fourth consecutive year, the South Carolina Center for the Book will participate in Route One Reads, a roadtrip-inspired reading list that explores various genres through the network of state Center for the Book affiliates located along Route 1.

Route 1 Reads logo

For the third consecutive year, the South Carolina Center for the Book will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.