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Minnow Awarded Kirkus Best Debut Fiction of 2015

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Minnow, by James E. McTeer II is also recipient of the South Carolina First Novel Prize. The book is described as "an evocative novel that brings to life an intensely realized portrait of the South Carolina Lowcountry and sends its appealing young hero on a journey full of the strangeness of childhood and the difficult choices that come with growing up."  For more information about the book and author, please visit Hub City Press.

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TumbleBook Library Now Available Statewide to Public Libraries

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The South Carolina State Library is pleased to announce the agreement of a two-year statewide subscription to the TumbleBook Library for all South Carolina public libraries. 

The TumbleBook Library collection includes over 500 fiction and non-fiction animated and talking story, and chapter books.  Also included in the collection are French and Spanish books as well as National Geographic videos, puzzles, games, and songs; all resources designed to teach children the joy of reading and learning. 

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Author Ellen Malphrus

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Join us on Wednesday, November 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Speaker @ the Center, featuring author Ellen Malphrus. Untying the Moon (University of SC Press) takes readers on a road trip in a '67 Skylark convertible through blood and bone places in search of the redemptive possibilities of love and home.

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Pee Dee Fiction & Poetry Festival November 5-6, 2015

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If you're interested in writing and talking about writing, plan on attending Francis Marion University's annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival. Four nationally known and best-selling authors and poets, and their avid readers, will descend upon the university Nov. 5 and 6 at this year's Festival, which is free and open to the public.

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Lexington Library to host Author Meet & Greet November 7 2015

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Join in the fun and learn more about local authors at an author meet & greet taking place at the Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library of the Lexington County Public Library System on 11/7/15 from 2-5 PM.

For more information, please contact Lauren Black, Library Assistant, Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, Lexington County Public Library System, 803-794-6791, Ext. 4, or lblack@lex.lib.sc.us.

 

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SC Arts Commission and Hub City Press Call for First Novel Prize Submissions

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The South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press invite submissions for the biennial South Carolina First Novel Prize. Guidelines, eligibilty requirements and the application are available online. The application deadline is March 15, 2016. A winner will be announced in August 2016.

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White House Committee Names Five Teen Poets for Prestigious National Student Poets Program

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The fourth annual class of the National Student Poets Program (NSPP)—the nation’s highest honor for youth poets—has been announced by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH) in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. The teen poets’ first reading of their original work was hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama in the White House as part of an appointment ceremony.

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SC Poetry exhibit now open at Duke Library

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A new exhibit showcasing South Carolina poetry is open at Furman University’s James B. Duke Library, Special Collections and Archives through Jan. 15, 2016. The exhibit, “Celebrating South Carolina Poetry: An Exhibition to Mark the Acquisition of The Ninety-Six Press Archive” is free and open to the public. The exhibit is available 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday in Special Collections and Archives. An opening reception, sponsored by the Friends of the Furman University Libraries, will be held Thursday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. in the gallery on the library’s second floor.

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Author S. Jane Gari

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Join us on Wednesday, October 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Speaker @ the Center, featuring author S. Jane Gari. Losing the Dollhouse (TouchPoint Press) offers a slice of dysfunctional Americana complete with divorce, step-families, eating disorders, mental illness, and the search for true love.

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Young Readers Invited to Write to Favorite Authors

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Young readers in grades 4-12 are invited to write a personal letter to an author for the Letters about Literature (LAL) contest, a national reading and writing promotion program. The letter can be to any author (living or dead) from any genre (fiction or nonfiction, contemporary or classic) explaining how that author’s work changed the student’s life or view of the world.

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