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Fall Winter Speaker @ the Center Author Talks Announced

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 Fall Winter 2016 2017 Speaker @ the Center

Join us for an exciting line-up of FREE monthly author talks and book signings at the SC State Library.

September 22 – Tom Poland, Georgialina, A Southland As We Knew It – USC Press. A nostalgic look at Georgia and South Carolina before development, outsiders, and modern conveniences brought wholesale change.

October 12 – Adam King, Archaeology in South Carolina: Exploring the Hidden Heritage of the Palmetto State - USC Press. Scholars examine the rich human history of South Carolina from its earliest days to the present.

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South Carolina State Library chosen as site for 2017 Arbuthnot Lecture

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The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) announced that the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Committee has selected the South Carolina State Library and the city of Columbia, South Carolina to serve as the host site for the 2017 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture featuring Jacqueline Woodson (pictured). The lecture will be held in the spring of 2017.

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Five finalists named for SC First Novel Prize

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The South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press announce the five books named finalists in the 2016 South Carolina First Novel Competition. The finalists are Ember by Brock Adams of Spartanburg, Falling from High Places by Michael Bruton of Charleston, Don't Go Ramayana by Rush Leaming of Columbia, The Protectorate of Bohemia by Thomas McConnell of Spartanburg, and Bait by Erika Pertell of Spartanburg.

Forty-four unpublished manuscripts were submitted for the prize.

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The SC Center for the Book Selects Murder on Edisto for 2016 Route One Reads Initiative

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For the second consecutive year, the SC Center for the Book will participate in the Route One Reads initiative, a program under the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. 

In 2016, the theme of the initiative will be mysteries, and the selected book to represent South Carolina is Murder on Edisto by SC author, C. Hope Clark.

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Speaker @ the Center to feature panel of SC authors - June 16

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Writers Sammy Fretwell, Emily Cooper, and Ron Aiken join editor Aïda Rogers for a chat about their favorite places in South Carolina - and what's become of them. Join us on Thursday June 16, 2016 at noon for Speaker @ the Center for State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, Volume 2 published by the University of South Carolina Press. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Location: South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate St., Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. Feel free to bring your lunch.

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Launch Event for Growing Great Readers June 23

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Hub City Writers Project, together with BirthMatters and The Adolescent Family Life Center, is pleased to announce the launch of a new program: Growing Great Readers. Growing Great Readers is a book drive initiative aimed at new mothers aged 24 and younger and their infant children.

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StoryfestSC to be held June 4, 2016

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The South Carolina State Library is proud to announce award-winning authors/illustrators Lauren Castillo and Jarrett Krosoczka will be featured at StoryfestSC 2016—the state’s summer reading kick-off event. This year’s Collaborative Summer Library slogan is On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! StoryfestSC exposes families to children’s authors and the art of story and fosters an excitement for reading, especially throughout the summer.

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What's So Funny: Adding Humor to Your Stories

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Register today for the workshop, "What's So Funny: Adding Humor to Your Stories" with Pat Nease to be held August 20, 2016, 10:00am-11:30am. Despite an enlarged funny bone, Pat manages to travel around the country entertaining listeners with her unique style, ready wit, original stories, and adaptations of old favorites.

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