Best-selling author and South Carolina adopted son Pat Conroy will judge a high school writing contest sponsored by South Carolina Honors College and the University of South Carolina Press.
High school juniors and seniors can enter the contest by submitting a piece of 750 words or less on the topic: “How should we improve the state of South Carolina?” Entries can be in the form of essays, short stories, plays, poems or any other genre. Submission deadline is Oct. 4. Details are at schc.sc.edu/writingcontest.aspx.
Winners will receive cash awards up to $1,000. As many as 30 first-round winners will be published in a USC Press anthology in the Young Palmetto Books series.
In announcing the competition, Steve Lynn, dean of the South Carolina Honors College, said, “We can imagine high school teachers using this contest to motivate and inspire students to become better writers.”
Conroy, author of The Prince of Tides, The Water is Wide and other novels, had such an inspiration himself. When he was a 15-year-old high school student and aspiring writer, a teacher took him to meet Archibald Rutledge, who was then South Carolina’s poet laureate.
They Own the Night
Author: Michael S. Pauley
Publisher: AuthorHouse Publishing
Science fiction blends with military history and tactics in this story of an alien invasion that begins in Columbia. With most of the world’s civilian and military leaders killed, the survivors struggle to rebuild our country’s leadership and save the planet. The author, who is described as a “Navy brat and an old soldier,” is an attorney living in Lexington.
Eerie South Carolina: True Chilling Stories from the Palmetto Past
Author: Sherman Carmichael
Publisher: History Press
This is Carmichael’s third book on strange doings in South Carolina. One of the chapters is on Columbia’s Longstreet Theatre, which the author describes as “one of the state’s most haunted buildings.” The author, who lives in Johnsonville, says, “I don’t consider myself a ghost hunter.” But he’s fascinated by the investigation of haunted places. He has spent 24 years in law enforcement.
Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football That Transformed the Sport and Changed
the Course of Civil Rights
Author: Samuel G. Freedman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Southern culture, race, civil rights and sports come together as the author focuses on the black coaches and quarterbacks of the Florida A&M and Grambling football teams in 1967, a time of social upheaval and civic unrest. The author will be signing copies at the Second Baptist Church in Aiken at 1 p.m. on Sept. 22. Freedman is a New York Times columnist and a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award for previous books.
Greek Festival Book Signing. Patricia Moore-Pastides, wife of USC President Harris Pastides, will sign copies of her book Greek Revival from the Garden. Growing and Cooking for Life at the 27th annual Columbia Greek Festival from noon to 2 p.m. on Sept. 20. The cookbook promotes a do-it-yourself healthy lifestyle. The Greek Festival is at the corner of Sumter and Calhoun and runs Thursday to Sunday.
Surreal Innovation Salon Now Open
Columbia’s newest total care spa is now taking appointments and offering $10 off services $25 or more for first time clients. Location, hours, and more info here.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
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Now Hiring in the Vista!
Hickory Tavern is opening mid-December and looking for bartenders, servers, hosts and kitchen staff. Apply in person: Click for details!
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage offers 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Make Your Own Beer and Wine!
Come get started on your “liquid hobby” and help us celebrate our 46th year in the Columbia area. Bet Mar Liquid Hobby Shop: 736 St. Andrews Road.
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