Speaker @ the Center

Speaker @ the Center flyerThe South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book is pleased to announce the Speaker @ the Center series for Spring/Summer 2017. Download the flyer herePDF

February 23 - Jennie Holton Fant, The Travelers' Charleston: Accounts of Charleston and Lowcountry, South Carolina, 1666-1861 – USC Press
Using letters and journal records, Fant provides an unusual and authoritative documentary record of Charleston and the lowcountry that allows the reader to step back in time and observe a bygone society, culture, and politics of one of the country's most distinctive regions.

March 16 - Teresa R. Kemp, Keeper of the Fire: An Igbo Metalsmith from Awka – Self-Published
Five generations and 187 years of collective research produced this book, sharing photos of the Quilt Code patterns and one family’s hidden history. In life, “Everyone has a duty to perform;” Keeper of the Fire follows Kemp fulfilling her duty.

April 6 - Patricia McNeely, "Eyewitnesses to General Sherman's Atrocities in the Civil War"  – Self-Published
Documents signed by General William T. Sherman and eyewitness accounts have emerged after more than 150 years to provide insight into Sherman's personal life and to finally end the 150-year-old controversy about who burned Columbia.

May 4 - J. Brent Morris, Yes, Lord, I Know the Road: A Documentary History of African-Americans in South Carolina – USC Press
From the first North American slave rebellion near the mouth of the Pee Dee River in the early sixteenth century to the 2008 state Democratic primary victory of Barack Obama, award-winning historian J. Brent Morris examines the unique struggles and triumphs of African Americans in South Carolina.

June 1 - Michael Bonner & Fritz Hamer, South Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras – USC Press
Michael Brem Bonner and Fritz Hamer, past officers of the South Carolina Historical Association (SCHA), have selected twenty-three essays from the several hundred published since 1931 to create this treasure trove of scholarship on an impressive variety of subjects including race, politics, military events, and social issues.

All programs take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia. Please visit statelibrary.sc.gov or call (803) 734-8666 for parking information or directions. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

For more information, please contact Andersen Cook, Statewide Initiatives Coordinator at (803) 545-4432 or acook@statelibrary.sc.gov.