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 scacademyofauthors.org.

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 scacademyofauthors.org.

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 crogers@statelibrary.sc.gov and Dr. Sam Hastings, USC SLIS Director athastings@sc.edu 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 26, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Book Review – The Revolution of Little Girls

By Kim Henderson, Center for the Book Intern

Summary: No matter how hard she tries, Ellen Burns will never be Scarlett O’Hara. As a little girl in South Carolina, she prefers playing Tarzan to playing Jane. As a teenage beauty queen she spikes her Cokes with spirits of ammonia and baffles her elders with her Freedom Riding sympathies. As a young woman in the 1960s and ’70s, she hypnotizes her way to Harvard, finds herself as a lesbian, then very nearly loses herself to booze and shamans. And though the wry, rebellious, and vision-haunted heroine of this exhilarating novel may sometimes seem to be living a magnolia-scented Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman, Blanche McCrary Boyd’s The Revolution Of Little Girls is a completely original arid captivating work.

Review: The Revolution of Little Girls is an interesting adventure. It follows Ellen as she grows into herself and tries to understand the kind of person she is. The book has some issues with flow, depending on how you prefer to read. There is a brief run through Ellen’s life, from childhood to adulthood, and then it starts back over again. It is nice to see how Ellen’s life differs from childhood to adulthood. She is a fascinating person who deals with many common experiences. It can be pretty easy to relate to her. A person who prefers straight continuity in a character’s life might not enjoy it so much. Some might have issues with the language or other content, but The Revolution of Little Girls is worth a look.

Mar 17, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols – Book Review

Such-a-RushBy Kim Henderson, Center for the Book Intern

Summary: Heaven Beach, South Carolina, is anything but, if you live at the low-rent end of town. All her life, Leah Jones has been the grown-up in her family, while her mother moves from boyfriend to boyfriend, letting any available money slip out of her hands. At school, they may diss Leah as trash, but she’s the one who negotiates with the landlord when the rent’s not paid. At fourteen, she’s the one who gets a job at the nearby airstrip.

But there’s one way Leah can escape reality. Saving every penny she can, she begs quiet Mr. Hall, who runs an aerial banner-advertising business at the airstrip and also offers flight lessons, to take her up just once. Leaving the trailer park far beneath her and swooping out over the sea is a rush greater than anything she’s ever experienced, and when Mr. Hall offers to give her cut-rate flight lessons, she feels ready to touch the sky.

By the time she’s a high school senior, Leah has become a good enough pilot that Mr. Hall offers her a job flying a banner plane. It seems like a dream come true . . . but turns out to be just as fleeting as any dream. Mr. Hall dies suddenly, leaving everything he owned in the hands of his teenage sons: golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson. And they’re determined to keep the banner planes flying.

Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business—until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers—and the consequences could be deadly.

Review: Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols is a quirky, cute, contemporary novel. The story follows Leah as she learns how to fly planes. She has a wonderful father/daughter relationship with Mr. Hall, her teacher, but things get complicated when she develops feelings for his two boys, Grayson and Alec. Even though the story focuses on planes, it isn’t difficult to follow the parts when Leah is learning about flight. It gets really intriguing when Leah realizes the boys have different plans for their father’s flying business. Overall, this was an excellent story. All of the characters were lovable in their own way. This book has something for everyone, and is absolutely worth picking up.

Mar 13, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center to Host State Poet Laureate

The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book will host a book talk and signing on Friday, April 18, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

Published by USC Press, New and Selected Poems  includes more than fifty poems from Marjory Wentworth’s previous three collections, Noticing Eden, Despite Gravity, and The Endless Repetition of an Ordinary Miracle, plus twenty-eight new poems. This collection serves as a capstone to Wentworth’s tenure as South Carolina poet laureate, a title she has held since 2003.

Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina poet laureate and five-time Pushcart Prize nominee, is the author of three collections of verse, the children’s book Shackles (2009 Silver Medal winner in the Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards), and Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights (with Juan E. Mendez). She is coeditor with Kwame Dawes of Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Green (USC Press). Wentworth teaches at the Art Institute of Charleston, and she is the president and cofounder of the Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts.

All Speaker @ the Center programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina. Please visit readsc.org/events for a list of additional book talks and signings.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.

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 www.aestheticamagazine.com/creativewriting 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.

Feb 25, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center to Feature USC Aiken Professor Dr. Tom Mack

7347The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book will host a book talk and signing on Wednesday, March 12, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

The South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers expands the range of writers included in the landmark South Carolina Encyclopedia. This guide updates the entries on writers featured in the original encyclopedia and augments that list substantially with dozens of new essays on additional authors from the late eighteenth century to the present who have contributed to the Palmetto State’s distinctive literary heritage.

Dr. Tom Mack, recipient of the prestigious Carolina Trustee Professorship in 2008, holds the G. L. Toole Chair in English at the University of South Carolina Aiken. Mack is the author of four books and more than one hundred articles on American cultural history, and since 2010 he has been chair of the Board of Governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

All Speaker @ the Center programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina. Please visit
readsc.org/events for a list of additional book talks and signings.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.

Feb 21, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Book Review – The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

By Kim Henderson, SC State Library Intern

Synopsis: Set in South Carolina in 1964, The Secret Life of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily’s fierce-hearted black “stand-in mother,” Rosaleen, insults three of the deepest racists in town, Lily decides to spring them both free. They escape to Tiburon, South Carolina–a town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters, Lily is introduced to their mesmerizing world of bees and honey, and the Black Madonna. This is a remarkable novel about divine female power, a story women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.

Review: The Secret Life of Bees is a very popular book, and it certainly deserves it. It is rich in emotion and character. It is told from Lily, a fourteen-year-old girl, but she is more thoughtful than most children her age. It has the perfect balance of humorous scenes and more serious ones. Lily’s relationship with Rosaleen was the highlight of The Secret Life of Bees. It has all of the tenderness of a mother-daughter relationship, but it added much conflict because of their racial differences. Rosaleen was a fun character to read, and probably my favorite. She is headstrong and she will not let people tear her down. The sisters add more elements of humor and darkness to the story. Each one is unique and interesting, but they also come with pasts. The Secret Life of Bees does a wonderful job of using these women to show how others can rise above what they have been put through. It’s a powerful message for most. The Secret Life of Bees is a book worth picking up for the characters as well as the story. There is a bit of swearing and some racial slurs in this book. If you can handle that kind of language, then definitely check it out.

Feb 6, 2014
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center to Feature Charleston Author Mark Jones

The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book will host a book talk and signing on Thursday, February 20, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

Charleston author Mark R. Jones is an eighth generation South Carolinian and author of Doin’ the Charleston: Black Roots of American Popular Music & the Jenkins Orphanage Legacy. The book covers what Jones calls, “the greatest untold story in South Carolina history” and is his contribution to preserving the gospel of jazz.  From rags to ragtime, the Jenkins Orphanage created the soundtrack of the 20th century. Doin’ the Charleston is published by East Atlantic Publishing and will be available for sale and signing after the book talk.

All Speaker @ the Center programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy learning more about South Carolina. Please visit readsc.org/events for a list of additional book talks and signings.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is the South Carolina Affiliate of the Library of Congress Center for the Book and is a cooperative project of the South Carolina State Library, the University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science, and The Humanities CouncilSC.

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 libbypoet@gmail.com.

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