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.

 

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: http://storycorps.org/animation/ Find more information about the film: http://www.pbs.org/pov/storycorpsspecial/

Oct 24, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Susan Boyer: “Lowcountry Bombshell” Author Talk and Book Signing

Join us at the South Carolina State Library on Monday, November 18, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for an author talk featuring USA Today bestselling author Susan Boyer.

Boyer will share the latest novel in her Liz Talbot Mystery series, Lowcountry Bombshell. The novel stars the main character Liz Talbot, a private investigator, who is Southern belle with a weakness for Kate Spade bags and shoes.

Throughout the series, Liz experiences personal growth in coming to terms with her past and her relationships, all while uncovering diabolical murder plots. Boyer combines mystery, humor, and romance to detail Liz’s adventures.

Boyer will hold a writing workshop from 11:00 a.m. to noon in which she will discuss the ins and outs of writing for publication. From noon to 1:00 p.m., she will discuss Lowcountry Bombshell.

Books will be available for sale and signing. Please visit the South Carolina State Library’s online events calendar to register.

Speaker @ the Center programs take place at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. A full list of events can be found at ReadSC.org. Speaker @ the Center programs are FREE and open to the public.

Sep 30, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Speaker @ the Center – LuAnn McLane: Read Pink tour with Penguin featuring Pitch Perfect

CANCELLED - Unfortunately, LuAnn McLane will not be able to be here on the 11th.

Join us on October 11, 2013 – LuAnn McLane: Read Pink tour with Penguin featuring Pitch Perfect.

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (Writing workshop from 11:00 a.m. to noon; Book talk and signing from noon to 1:00 p.m.)

LuAnn will discuss writing her Cricket Creek Series and participating in the Read Pink tour where Penguin is donating $25,000 to Breast Cancer Research.

Books will be available for sale and signing.

Please register online today!

 

 

 

Sep 30, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Author Talk and Book Signing: A Shared Voice

Join us at the South Carolina State Library on October 4, 2013 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for an author talk and book signing.

Tom Mack, Andrew Geyer and Phillip Gardner: A Shared Voice is a conversation in narrative by twenty-four of the finest fiction writers in America.

A total of twenty-four tales, each linked to another by at least three literary elements such as character and setting and theme, make up this first-of-its-kind anthology by writers from Texas and the Carolinas.

Books will be available for sale and signing. No registration required.

Speaker @ the Center programs take place at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Please visit ReadSC.org for a full list of events.

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.

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