Amid all the hubbub over No. 1 in the World-this and James Beard-that, we often forget that the Holy City is more than a top tourist spot and the culinary playground for some of America’s best chefs. The truth is, Charleston is the home — physically or spiritually — for some truly great writers. Although Pat Conroy is the writer most often identified with our beloved city, there’s Mary Alice Monroe, Dorothea Benton Frank, Bret Lott, Brad Taylor, the late Robert Jordan, and a host of others. For our 2014 Literary Issue, we’ve enlisted a handful of the Lowcountry’s best — from sci-fi phenom Hugh Howey to S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth. Enjoy.