Capital BookFest makes first Charleston appearance

 CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Poet Nikki Giovanni is among the dozens of writers appearing in the Charleston debut of the Capital BookFest.

The festival at the Charleston County Library and other locations on Saturday is modeled after the Capital BookFest that began in Washington six years ago. This year, it is expanding to Charleston and Harrisburg, Pa.

Giovanni has written nearly 30 books for both adults and children and teaches at Virginia Tech.

Others appearing at the BookFest include novelists Bret Lott and Mary Alice Monroe, food writer Nathalie Dupree and South Carolina poet laureate Marjory Wentworth.

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