Speaker @ the Center

An author signs his book, Painting the Southern Coast, at one of the Speaker @ the Center events.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is pleased to announce the Speaker @ the Center Spring/Summer series for 2019. 

Speaker @ the Center is a series hosted by the South Carolina Center for the Book celebrating South Carolina's rich literary heritage, and provides local authors the opportunity to connect with other South Carolinians to discuss and sell their most recently published works. These events are FREE and open to the public at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia. For directions and parking instructions, please visit our map & directions page

Kimberly J. Simms | Lindy Lee: Songs on Mill Hill | Finishing Line Press
March 22

In her debut book of poems, Southern story-teller, Kimberly J. Simms, chronicles the lives of textile workers in the Carolinas with historical accuracy and imaginative insight. Part history, part poetry, this collection also includes rarely seen photography of Lewis Hine.

Lucinda Clark | View from the Middle of the Road | P.R.A. Publishing
April 26

View from the middle of the road deals with the many aspects we encounter on this journey called life. The author takes on issues of gender, race, adolescence and maturity, showing that no matter where you start in life you can and will find peace.

William Lewis Burke, Jr. | All for Civil Rights: African American Lawyers in South Carolina, 1868-1968 | University of Georgia Press
May 24

This is the first book-length study devoted to black lawyers’ struggles and achievements in the state that had the largest black population in the country, by percentage, until 1930―and that was a majority black state through 1920.

Dr. Katherine Chaddock | Uncompromising Activist: Richard Greener, First Black Graduate of Harvard College | Johns Hopkins University Press
June 7

Richard Greener’s story demonstrates the human realities of racial politics in the fight for abolition, the struggle for equal rights, and subsequent backslide into legal segregation. This is the biography of a man who exemplified America’s discomfiting perspectives on race and skin color

Pat McNeely | Andrew Jackson, John C. Calhoun and the Petticoat Affair | Self-published
July 19

The political battle over Peggy Eaton’s virtue caused President Andrew Jackson to dissolve his cabinet and cost Vice President John C. Calhoun the presidency. The scandal and government upheaval caused by the beautiful widow who married Jackson’s Secretary of War made national headlines well into the 20th Century.

Leigh Moring | Nathanael Greene in South Carolina | Arcadia Publishing
Friday, August 3

In December 1780, Nathanael Greene took command of the Southern Department during the American Revolution. Ultimately, Greene led key battles to rid Charleston of the British.

Clair DeLune | South Carolina Blues | Arcadia Publishing
September 27

The history of South Carolina blues is a long, deep—and sometimes painful—story. While the Lowcountry cultivated rice and a Gullah-based style of South Carolina blues, in the Upstate, European influences led to the emergence of Piedmont blues, country music and bluegrass.