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Free Author Talk and Signing: Champions of Civil and Human Rights in South Carolina with Marvin Lare

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Join us for this month's author talk and book signing: Champions of Civil and Human Rights in South Carolina, the first volume in a five-volume anthology. Lare introduces more than one hundred civil rights leaders from South Carolina to chronicle a massive revolution in American society.

Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public; however, we ask that you register to ensure a seat.

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Former SCHA officers discuss Civil War, Reconstruction Era during next Speaker @ the Center Session

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Join us June 1 for our next author talk and book signing: South Carolina in the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras: Essays from the Proceedings of the South Carolina Historical Association by Michael Bonner and Fritz Hamer.

Bonner and Hamer, past officers of the South Carolina Historical Association, selected twenty-three essays to create this treasure trove of scholarship. The authors will discuss race, politics, military events, and social issues during the Speaker @ The Center session.

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Writer to Discuss Sherman, Civil War History During April 6 Speaker @ the Center

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Join us for this month's author talk and book signing: Eyewitnesses to General William T. Sherman's Atrocities in the Civil War by Patricia G. McNeely. McNeely will discuss newly-emerged documents that provide insights into Sherman's life, and convincingly end the 150-year-old controversy about who burned Columbia. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public. No registration is required. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

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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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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Author Eric Morris

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Join us on Thursday, February 25, from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Speaker @ the Center, featuring author Eric Morris. Jacob Jump, the dark and meticulously crafted first novel from Eric Morris, follows a weeklong ill-fated boating trip down the Savannah River from Augusta, Georgia, to the lighthouse at Tybee Island. Chance and danger trump planning and intention at every turn, and the pull of the historic river and of fate itself propels Morris's characters with unrelenting force.

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Center Announces Spring/Summer Author Talks

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The South Carolina State Library’s Center for the Book is pleased to announce its upcoming author line up for the Speaker @ the Center series.  Download the flier here (jpg).

Thursday, February 25 - Eric Morris | Jacob Jump: A Novel | Story River Books, USC Press

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Free Author Talk and Book Signing

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FREE AUTHOR TALK AND BOOK SIGNING - Wednesday, January 20. Elizabeth Cassidy West and Katharine Thompson Allen, On the Horseshoe: A Guide to the Historic Campus of the University of South Carolina | USC Press. The comprehensive history of the original campus structures and the people who lived and worked there. 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. Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public.

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Speaker @ the Center to Feature Author Angela Williams

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Join us on Wednesday, December 9 from noon to 1:00 p.m. for Speaker @ the Center, featuring author Angela Williams. Hush Now, Baby (Texas Review Press) is the story of how a little white girl climbed out of an uneasy childhood in the segregated South…on the backbone of a black woman who loved her unabashedly. A host of African-American women permeated Southern families. One of those stalwart women was Eva Aiken, a central figure in the author’s life from her birth…until Eva staged a sit-in at the girl’s wedding.

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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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