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: Find more information about the film:

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 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 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.

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

Sep 10, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Center for the Book Invites Students Statewide to Enter Writing Competition

Letters About Literature allows students to write a letter to their favorite author in a nationwide contest.

Students statewide can share their most influential literary experiences through a contest that asks them to write a letter to an author and explain how his or her work changed their perspective of the world or of themselves.

The national “Letters About Literature” reading and writing competition allows students in grades four through 12 to articulate the importance of their favorite book.

To enter, students write a personalized letter to an author, living or deceased, from any genre whose work has made an impact. Rather than summarizing the book’s plot, contestants are encouraged to express the effect the book has had on their lives in a personalized, conversational tone.

The annual competition, sponsored by the South Carolina Center for the Book, has three competition levels: Level 1 for students in grades 4-6, Level 2 for students in grades 7-8, and Level 3 for students in grades 9-12.

There are monetary prizes in each level for the first, second, and third place winners from across the state – $100, $50, and $25 respectively. First place state winners will advance to the national level judging. A panel of national judges for the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress will select one National Winner per competition level to receive a $1,000 cash award. The judges will also select one National Honor winner per competition level to receive a $200 cash award.

The deadlines for submissions are December 10 for grades 9-12 and January 10 for grades 4-8. To download the official contest rules and guidelines, please visit

Aug 1, 2013
Curtis Rogers

Arts Council of York County Literary Competition

July 30, 2013 - September, 20 2013

Arts Council of York County

The Arts Council of York County presents its 10th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across York County, SC. The postmark deadline for entries is Friday, September 20, 2013 by 5 PM.

The 10th Annual Literary Competition includes both an adult and youth component. Each category will be judged independently. Authors may enter both the short story and the poetry competition, and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there will be no repeat prizewinners within the categories. The winners of the 2nd Annual Youth Literary Competition will be awarded certificates of achievement.

There are no restrictions on subject matter. All participants must submit three copies of each entry for distribution to judges. E-mail entries will not be accepted. No entries will be returned. Your name must not appear on the manuscript, and pages must be numbered with the title of the entry. Please include the title of the submitted work and all contact information on the entry form. For complete guidelines and entry information, please visit

Location Information

Arts Council of York County
121 E. Main St.
Rock HIll, SC 29730


$10-15 per entry

Contact Information

Melanie Cooper