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Apr 17, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Academy of Authors to Host 2014 Induction

The South Carolina Academy of Authors will honor writers Gilbert Allen, Janette Turner Hospital, John Lane and the late Robert Quillen on April 26 at 6:00 p.m. at Furman University’s Younts Conference Center in Greenville, S.C.

The academy, which is devoted to the identification, recognition and promotion of the state’s distinguished authors and emerging writers, annually honors writers in a weekend of literary events. The reception and induction ceremony includes recognition of the writers and their induction in the South Carolina Academy of Authors literary hall of fame. Tickets, $35 a person, are still available. For more information and full schedule of events, please visit

Janette Turner Hospital, a native of Queensland, Australia, is the Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita at the University of South Carolina, where she teaches one course a year. Among her novels are Orpheus Lost, Due Preparations for the Plague and Oyster.Orpheus Lost was a finalist for the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Prize. Forecast: Turbulence, her most recent short-story collection, received the Steele Rudd Award for Best Collection of Short Stories in 2012.

Robert Quillen published the weekly newspaper The Fountain Inn Tribune from 1911 to 1948. The journalist and humorist was called “one of the leading purveyors of village nostalgia” thanks to his column, which was syndicated in 400 newspapers in the United States and Canada. He was the model for Will Rogers’ role in the feature film Life Begins at 40, about a small-town newspaper editor.

John Lane, a professor of English and Environmental Studies at Wofford College, is also director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center and a cofounder of The Hub City Writers Project in Spartanburg. Begin with Rock, End with Water is his most recent essay collection. Abandoned Quarry: New and Selection Poems won the Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2012 award for poetry.

Gilbert Allen, the Bennette E. Geer professor of literature at Furman University, is the author of six collections of poetry. His 2014 collection of poetry, Catma, was published by Measure Press. His work has been awarded the Robert Penn Warren Prize in Poetry fromThe Southern Review, and he has won the South Carolina Fiction Project prize five times.

The South Carolina Academy of Authors was founded at Anderson College in 1986. Its public recognition of the state’s literary talents serves to increase the general readership of authors working today and leads to the rediscovery of works from the past.

Those wishing to support the Academy, a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization, may make a donation as a supporter, $10-$75; a sustainer, $100-$250; a patron, $300-$500; a sponsor, $600-$800, or a partner, $1,000 or more. Checks to the S.C. Academy of Authors may be directed to unrestricted funding of the Academy’s projects or to the Memorial Endowment Fund and should be mailed to Tom Mack, Department of English, USC Aiken, 471 University Drive, Aiken, SC 29801.

For more information, please visit

Apr 4, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Annual Literacy Leaders Awards Call for 2014 Nominations

Do you know individuals or groups that have had a statewide impact on literacy? Nominate them for the South Carolina Annual Literacy Leader (ALL) awards for 2014.

The ALL awards are presented by the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in the fall of each year to individuals and/or groups that have had a statewide impact on literacy in South Carolina.

Contributions may include the following activities:

• developing and implementing innovative and creative approaches to literacy education
• establishing models of best practices in literacy education
• providing service to under-served groups and communities
• providing funding and support for these kinds of programs
• making other statewide contributions deemed appropriate by the selection committee.

Recipients can be individuals, agencies, organizations or corporations with a local presence in South Carolina, regardless of their primary place of residence or corporate headquarters.

Additional awards will be presented this year in honor of South Carolina children’s author, Peggy Parrish. The Peggy Parrish Prize will provide two awards of $500 each. One will be awarded to a public librarian. The second will be awarded to a public school educator, which would include anyone employed by a public school. Successful recipients will demonstrate their impact through activities such as:

• implementing or expanding innovative programs or approaches to increase literacy in children
• encouraging a child’s love of reading through the involvement of a parent or caregiver
• establishing or expanding programs for under-served community groups to increase child literacy
• creating programs that successfully use Peggy Parish’s notion of an “open window” timeframe to encourage reading in children.

Nominations should take the form of a one-page letter summarizing the statewide impact of the nominee with respect to the award criteria. Nominations should be received no later than May 2, 2014.

Last year’s recipients were Helen Fellers, Coordinator of the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy and Reading Rooster, Jane Thomas, Greenville Literacy Association, and the Trident Literacy Association.

Please send nominations by email to Dr. Curtis R. Rogers, Chair of the ALL Nominations Committee at and Dr. Sam Hastings, USC SLIS Director or by mail to: Dr. S. K. Hastings, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina, Davis College, 1501 Greene St., Columbia, SC 29208

Click here for two page PDF information sheet.

Mar 13, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition 2014: Call for Entries

The Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition has launched its Call for Entries, presenting a fantastic opportunity for established and emerging writers to showcase their poetry and short fiction to an international audience.

Previous winners and finalists from the Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition have gone on to achieve recognition around the world, having been selected from over 3,000 entries to be published the anthology. Last year, poetry winner and award-winning novelist Sylvia Adams was selected for her piece Hands A Choice, and Jennifer Roe championed the Short Fiction category with Roses are Red.

Prizes include publication in the Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual, a compelling anthology of new writing loved by audiences internationally including literary students and fellow writers, a selection of inspirational books from our competition partners and £500 prize money.

Visit for more information and to register your entry today. Entry is £10 and the deadline to submit your work is 31 August 2014. One entry permits the submission of two works into any one category.

Looking for literary inspiration? CLICK HERE to pick up a copy of last year’s Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual.

Jan 22, 2014
Curtis Rogers

SC Academy of Authors Announces 5th Annual Poetry Fellowship Winner

The South Carolina Academy of Authors is pleased to announce Jo Angela Edwins as the 2014 winner of the 5th Annual Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry. Edwins teaches composition, American literature and creative writing at Francis Marion University in Florence. Her poems have been published in various venues including New South, Calyx, Sojourn, and Naugatuck River Review.

The Nickens Fellowship was established in 2009 to support South Carolina poets whose work employs skilled verse composition and reflects a heightened awareness of the human condition. The submission period for the fellowship is in the autumn of each year.

This year’s judge, Lavonne J. Adams, commented that Edwins’ winning entry consists of “poems that have a coherence of voice—poems that speak to one another, that echo in a manner that makes me feel as if I have experienced a much lengthier collection. The author exhibits mastery of form–a gracious breaking of line and stanza–which enhances the language, the imagery, and the sound devices, all delightfully tactile.”

Adams also praised the quality of the entries saying, “I believe that when we read poetry, we look for a narrative voice that we can trust, the chance to delight in how another perceives the world—insight into a moment turned luminescent. Inside each carefully crafted poem, this poet provides us with those opportunities. This is art to treasure.”

Adams is author of Through the Glorieta Pass (Pearl Editions) and teaches in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is the recipient of the Persephone Poetry Prize for her chapbook Everyday Still Life, and the Randall Jarrell/Harperprints Chapbook Award for In the Shadow of the Mountain. She has published in over fifty additional venues, including Prairie Schooner, Missouri Review, Cincinnati Review, and Crab Orchard Review. She completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, and the Harwood Museum of Art.

For more information, please contact Libby Bernardin, South Carolina Academy of Authors board member and fellowship coordinator at

Jan 21, 2014
Curtis Rogers

SCBook Festival is Looking for Book Clubs

Are you an avid reader who is in an active book club? The South Carolina Book Festival invites you to register your South Carolina book club to get early updates about featured authors and special events, to receive special invitations and opportunities, and to be entered for giveaways. The SCBook Festival is happy to announce that Book Club Registration is now open for the 2014 SCBook Festival, May 17 – 18, 2014.   The SCBook Festival is the largest annual literary event in the state and we want to know what your book club is reading. Learn more! Read more! Register Your Book Club Online Here!

Nov 20, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Support your team through the new My First Library program

Boost the future of a SC child with a gift of books and support Your Team through the new My First Library program! Organized by SC Future Minds, the hub of private support for SC public schools, this is a competition between student groups within each school, and between the universities themselves. The tax-deductible gifts raised will produce boxed sets of books presented next fall by Carolina and Clemson students to entering five-year-old students at our state’s poorest schools. To learn more, please visit

Nov 6, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special

On Thanksgiving (November 28th), POV is broadcasting a special called Listening Is an Act of Love: A StoryCorps Special.

About the special: The first-ever animated special from StoryCorps celebrates the transformative power of listening. Listening Is an Act of Love features six stories from 10 years of the innovative oral history project. Each story reflects StoryCorps founder Dave Isay’s fundamental belief: “We can learn so much about the people all around us — even about the people we already know — just by taking the time to have a conversation.” Framing these intimate conversations from across the country is an interview between Isay and his 9-year-old nephew, Benji. As always, the selections provoke both tears and laughter — and highlight the simple joy found in sitting together and asking life’s important questions.

Watch the trailer: Find more information about the film:

Sep 24, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Townsend Lecture – “Writing a Biography of Cancer”

Thursday, October 10, 2013 – 7:30 pm

Speaker: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee

Details: Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee of Columbia University will be speaking as the 2013 Townsend Lecturer. This lecture was endowed by Dr. J. Ives Townsend, and is focused on the theme “The Impact of Biology on Society”. Dr. Mukherjee is Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer”.

Where: Campus Room at Capstone House

Admission: Free and open to the public

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Sep 19, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Best-Selling Author Hosts Event to Support Midlands Literacy Program

Dori Sanders hosts book signing event at Barnes & Noble to benefit homeless literacy program.

Saturday, September 28th

Book lovers, literacy advocates and southern enthusiasts alike are invited to attend a special benefit book signing event featuring South Carolina native and best-selling author, Dori Sanders on Saturday, September 28th from 11am- 1pm at Barnes & Noble at Midtown Forest Acres (3400 Forest Drive).

The benefit book fair is being held in support of the “By the Book” adult literacy program at St. Lawrence Place (SLP) – a Midlands, non-profit providing transitional housing for homeless families. The event will also feature a fun children’s story time with special guest readers from 12pm – 1pm. A percentage of sales from the event will be given to SLP.

To support the literacy effort, customers will receive an exclusive SLP Bookfair voucher when checking out so SLP will receive proceeds. Customers can also participate by shopping online at, from September 28th –October 3rd with ID# 11171907on the payment page.

SLP also has a wish list of books they would like donated for the adult residents at the shelter. The book fair will give guests the opportunity to buy these books and directly give them to support literacy at SLP.

For more information, contact Tamara King at 803-528-5748 or

Dori Sanders, best-selling author of the acclaimed books Clover and Her Own Place, grew up as one of ten children (five girls and five boys) in Filbert, SC, in York County. Her family operates one of the oldest African-American farms in the region. She is the winner of the Lillian Smith Award for Southern literature. Sanders’ book Clover, first published in 1990, became a national bestseller and went on to be a made-for-TV movie, starring Elizabeth McGovern and Ernie Hudson, in 1997. In twenty-three years, it has never been out of print and has been “recommended reading” for classrooms across the country. Clover has also been translated into numerous languages.

St. Lawrence Place is a 30-home community where homeless families can find skills and shelter that foster independence and free them from the grip of poverty. To find out more St. Lawrence Place and its services to help families in need visit


Sep 16, 2013
Curtis Rogers

South Carolina Center for the Book to represent state at 2013 National Book Festival

National Book Festival poster

13th Annual Festival Offers More Than 100 Authors

Book-lovers from across the country will gather on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Sept. 21-22 to celebrate reading and literacy at the 2013 National Book Festival.  Organized by the Library of Congress, with Honorary Co-Chairs President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, the event will feature presentations and book-signings by more than 100 bestselling authors, illustrators and poets.  The two-day festival, now in its 13th year, will feature such renowned authors and poets as Margaret Atwood, Marie Arana, Taylor Branch, Don DeLillo, Khaled Hosseini, Barbara Kingsolver, Brad Meltzer, Joyce Carol Oates, Katherine Paterson and U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.

The South Carolina Center for the Book will represent the state in The Pavilion of the States. The Pavilion, sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, salutes the literary traditions of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories. A brochure available in this pavilion, called “Discover Great Places Through Reading,” offers a list of 52 great reads and a map for kids that encourages then to visit all 52 tables (plus the Library of Congress Center for the Book table) to get a unique sticker or stamp.

The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book has selected How I Became a Pirate, by Melina Long, to represent South Carolina at the festival.  About How I Became a Pirate - When Jeremy Jacob sets off on a pirate adventure, he loves doing everything the pirates do . . . but then he finds out what they DON’T do.

Pirates have green teeth—when they have any teeth at all. I know about pirates, because one day, when I was at the beach building a sand castle and minding my own business, a pirate ship sailed into view.

So proclaims Jeremy Jacob, a boy who joins Captain Braid Beard and his crew in this witty look at the finer points of pirate life by the Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator David Shannon and the storyteller Melinda Long. Jeremy learns how to say “scurvy dog,” sing sea chanteys, and throw food . . . but he also learns that there are no books or good night kisses on board: “Pirates don’t tuck.” A swashbuckling adventure with fantastically silly, richly textured illustrations that suit the story to a T.

How I Became a Pirate is published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Melinda Long is a teacher and author and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.  Melinda began her writing career on a rainy day when she was six.  Her mother, tired of hearing how bored Melinda was, told her to write a story about Yogi Bear and friends.  She even gave Melinda a typewriter to use.  It was so much fun, Melinda just kept writing.  Now it’s one of her favorite things to do.

David Shannon is the author and illustrator of many highly praised books for children. Born in Washington, D.C., he grew up in Spokane, Washington. He graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, with a fine arts degree, and then moved to New York City. His editorial illustrations have appeared in The New York Times, Time, and Rolling Stone, and his artwork has appeared on numerous book jackets.

For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis R. Rogers at 803-734-8928 or