Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life will be featured in the 2014 One Book, One Columbia program, and a series of events in February will center around the best-selling South Carolina author’s work.
Conroy has had a lifelong love affair with reading, and this memoir is filled with anecdotes of not just books and writers, but also of the people who introduced him to both.
A program, Life with Pat Conroy, is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Township Auditorium. The Fripp Island resident and Citadel graduate will talk about and sign his books.
The Richland Library has a large supply of My Reading Life on hand and has organized a series of book club discussions at various branches throughout February. The library also has e-book, large-print and audio versions, and book club sets are also available.
Among Conroy’s novels are The Prince of Tides, South of Broad and The Great Santini. As part of the One Book, One Columbia celebration, on Feb. 19 the Nickelodeon will show the 1979 adaptation of The Great Santini starring Robert Duvall, who was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his performance.
Conroy’s latest memoir, The Death of Santini, is on the New York Times best-seller list.
This is the fourth book chosen since the One Book, One Columbia program began in 2011. Belinda Gergel, then a member of City Council, was the prime mover in the venture. Representatives of Richland Library, One Columbia for Arts and History and Jasper magazine currently form the planning team with support from several other organizations.
Clo Cammarata, programs and partnership manager for Richland Library, says the selection committee was looking for a book or author with a Southern connection (and a South Carolina one if possible) with wide appeal to both male and female readers. Conroy, she says, “is definitely celebrated by South Carolina readers.”
Book signing: Robert A. Fiacco will sign his new book Showing Up to Play: Business & Life Lessons Learned on the Golf Course from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Book Dispensary. The book contains motivational ideas and actions to help people achieve their dreams. Fiacco is a Colonial Life employee, as well as a motivational speaker and trainer; he recently relocated to Greenville. He blogs at showinguptoplay.com.
Oprah’s new pick: Oprah Winfrey has selected Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings for her next book club pick. The latest issue of Oprah magazine has an interview with Kidd. The novel set in 19th century South Carolina weaves together the stories of a slave girl and a slave owner’s daughter. The book is scheduled for release on January 7. Kidd is the author of the million-selling The Secret Life of Bees.
Going someplace cool this weekend?
Let The Backpacker help you go lightweight, comfortable and in style! Patagonia, Prana, Merrell, The North Face and more! Click for location, hours and more info.
A Family-Friendly New Year’s Eve Carnival
From 6-11 PM on December 31st on Main Street, enjoy rides, games, karaoke, food, drinks and more! More information here.
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink is now open! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
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.
New Year’s Eve at Social
Don’t miss this Black and White Affair featuring Kap Slap. Tickets available online!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
F/T and P/T avail. Must have a clean driving record, organized and have a prof appearance. Please call for an interview or email resume to Kerry@crystalpool.com. Must bring a copy of your Driving record and a list of all past employers with duration of employment listed as well as telephone numbers for references. Call 803-865-1200
Real Estate Spotlight
SC HousingFinancing Housing. Building SC. To find out if you qualify or for more information visit schousing.com
CoMar Products Inc. Manufacturing quality surfaces for kitchens & baths since 1965. www.comarproducts.com
WE’LL HELP YOU CREATE YOUR WISHLIST FOR YOUR NEW HOME! Choose from 11 communities & over 30 home designs. Personalize your home at our Selections Gallery. Our Customer Service Team gives you peace of mind in your new home. Got land? We can build Your Home Your Way on Your Land. 803-917-5583 3300. Sunset Blvd. West Columbia 29169 Click here for more info