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What is National Readathon Day?

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National Readathon Day is a day dedicated to the joy of reading and giving, when readers everywhere can join together in their local library, school, bookstore, and on social media (#Readathon2016) to read and raise funds in support of literacy.

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Speaker @ the Center: Found Anew - May 18, 2016 at noon

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Two University of South Carolina professors will discuss their new anthology work Found Anew during May's Speaker @ the Center event, discussing how the Palmetto State's rich history continues to inspire artists today. R. Mac Jones and Ray McManus, editors of the Found Anew anthology project, will discuss how digital archive collections can not only assist researchers and educators, but also authors and artists looking to ground their work in South Carolina.

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An Evening with Sherman Alexie (Book Talk & Signing)

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National Book Award-winning author Sherman Alexie will be discussing his life as a writer, including his debut children’s picture book, Thunder Boy Jr.(Little, Brown & Co., hardcover, $17.99, on sale 5/10/16), at the Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities Smith Recital Hall on Tue

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Southern Author Festival 2016

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Meet this year’s celebrated authors at this daylong event at the Greenville County Public Library on Saturday, May 14, celebrating Southern fiction. Authors’ books will be available for purchase. This program is generously underwritten by the Friends of the Greenville County Library System. Email explore@greenvillelibrary.org or call 864-527-9293 for more information. 

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Celebrating National Poetry Month

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Go back a bit in time and celebrate National Poetry Month with this Statewide Poetry Anthology from the SC Arts Commission, "The Cobra's Apartment is Disaster" from 1978-1979. Here is a selected poem from Tommy Scott Young titled Walking. To download this document from the SC State Library's digital collections, please visit http://dc.statelibrary.sc.gov/handle/10827/11722

WALKING

to the moon of me

i sleepwalk the number

i count the lines

i walk the number

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Speaker @ the Center - Pat McNeely

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Join us on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at noon for a free lunchtime author talk and book signing with Pat McNeely who will discuss her book, Lincoln, Sherman, Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold. The destinies of President Lincoln, General Sherman, and Confederate President Davis are forever bound to the Lost Confederate Gold, but questions still linger about those astonishing events. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All programs will take place from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

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An evening with Ha Jin, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist

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Join us for an evening with Ha Jin, National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize Finalist, on April 28, 2016, from 6pm-8pm at the SC State Museum. Jin sets many of his stories and novels in China, in the fictional Muji City. He has won the National Book Award for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award for his novel, Waiting (1999). He has received three Pushcart Prizes for fiction and a Kenyon Review Prize. Many of his short stories have appeared in The Best American Short Stories anthologies.

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Sonya Grantham

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Join us on Thursday, March 24, 2016, from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the SC State Library for Speaker @ the Center featuring Sonya Grantham, author of Reflections of the Original Frogtown Community: Our Community Legacy Across the Miles. Many of the descendants of Frogtown have a history to share about their community that was once considered dead. Reflections is the first written documentation on this community and gives a rich history of the town and its citizens.

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Author Carla Damron

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Join us on Wednesday, March 2, from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Speaker @ the Center, featuring South Carolina author Carla Damron. The Stone Necklace, published by Story River Books,braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a troubled homeless man, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways our lives touch one another and how, together, we can recover from even the greatest of losses. 

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