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.

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!

Dec 16, 2013
Curtis Rogers

January 23 – Join us for Speaker @ the Center. Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor, and Freedom of the Press

James  L. Underwood, Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor, and Freedom of the Press. The definitive examination of the true story of an epic South Carolina murder trial that shocked the nation.

On January 15, 1903, South Carolina lieutenant governor James H. Tillman shot and killed Narciso G. Gonzales, editor of South Carolina’s most powerful newspaper, the State. Blaming Gonzales’s stinging editorials for his loss of the 1902 gubernatorial race, Tillman shot Gonzales to avenge the defeat and redeem his “honor” and his reputation as a man who took action in the face of an insult.

James Lowell Underwood is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Constitutional Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. He is the author of a four-volume history of South Carolina’s constitutions and of several works on federal legal practice. He is coeditor of The Dawn of Religious Freedom in South Carolina and At Freedom’s Door: African American Founding Fathers and Lawyers in Reconstruction South Carolina, also published by the University of South Carolina Press.

“James Lowell Underwood writes with the clarity of a great teacher, the objectivity of a fine journalist and the deftness of a seasoned legal mind. South Carolinians have much to learn about themselves in this early 20th century story of murder, politics, jurisprudence and the relevance of knowing the truth.”— John P. Linton, J.D., Duffy and Young, LLC

Books will be available for purchase and autographing. All USC Press Speaker @ the Center programs will take place from noon to 1pm 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.

For more information, please contact Dr. Curtis R. Rogers at 803-734-8928 or crogers@statelibrary.sc.gov and visit our events page.

 

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 http://www.scfutureminds.org/my-first-library-contest/.

Nov 19, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center – Mary Whyte and Martha Severens, More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte

Join us for Speaker @ the Center!

Date: Friday, November 22, 2013
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: SC State Library, Piedmont Room

Books will be available for purchase and signing. All USC Press programs will 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.

No registration required.

 

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