This year’s One Book, One Columbia program comes to a climax Thursday evening with an appearance by best-selling South Carolina author Pat Conroy at the Township Auditorium.
Conroy’s memoir My Reading Life was selected for the One Book program this year. Historian and radio host Walter Edgar will interview Conroy on stage.
Afterward the author will be available to sign his books, which include The Prince of Tides, The Death of Santini, The Great Santini and The Lords of Discipline.
Admission is free, but tickets are required for the 7 p.m. program. They will be available at the Township at the door and in advance. Tickets can also be picked up at all branches of the Richland Library and at the One Columbia office at 1219 Taylor St. Copies of Conroy’s books will also be for sale when the doors open at 6 p.m. the night of the event.
This month, Free Times is helping to mark the annual One Book, One Columbia program by carrying observations from the Richland Library’s reader advocates about favorite books or authors.
Pastor Gert Thompson, Life Changing Ministries: “Have You Talked About God Today? is a necessary tool to incite believers to serve in our position in the ministry of reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:18). Housing a plethora of spiritual, everyday and universal application, this book is excellent company for a special time of consecration and fasting. Positively provoking to God lovers.”
Cheryl F. Turner: “I would like to introduce my sister in Christ and author, evangelist Kay Spann Byrd. Her newly published book, Have You Talked About God Today?, shares an awesome message with simplicity of how to fulfill our responsibility as Children of God. Evangelism!”
Dick Daeger: “My wife, Helen, and I rate Dr. Ben Farley as our No. 1 local author. We especially like his novels and short stories. Two stand out: Quilly Hall and Mercy Road. He has an amazing ability to describe his characters in vivid detail and create earthy, suspenseful stories. We vote for Ben.”
A Sense of the Midlands
Editor: Cynthia Boiter with Ed Madden
Publisher: Muddy Ford Press
Thirty-three writers share their impressions of the sights, sounds, even smells of the Midlands in this collection of essays, poetry and short fiction. This work, which was issued last week, is the 10th book published by the local boutique publisher Muddy Ford Press. Boiter and Madden invited Midlands-area writers “to share how the fidelity of place resonates from their own senses and into their writing.”
The First American Declaration of Independence?
Author: Scott Syfert
Did the American Revolution really start in the Carolinas?
Scott Syfert will discuss and sign his new book, The First American Declaration of Independence? The Disputed History of the Mecklenburg Declaration of May 20, 1775 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 1 at Books on Broad in Camden.
The book addresses the legend that local militia — reacting to news of the battles of Lexington and Concord — declared Mecklenburg County, N.C., free and independent of Great Britain on May 20, 1775, more than a year before the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.
3LAU on Sunday, October 26th and the Unofficial Skrillex Mothership Tour After-Party on the 27th. More information and tickets for both can be found here. VIP tables available.
Four Miles, Twelve Doughnuts
Winston’s Wish aims to increase knowledge and understanding of children with autism, and you can help by participating in the 4.donut Race on October 25th. Start at Edventure Children’s Museum, run 2 miles to Krispy Kreme, eat 12 doughnuts, and run back! Registration is required and can be done here before October 23rd at 5 p.m.
Bluegrass, Bidding, and BBQ
Join The Palladium Society Thursday, October 23rd from 7-10 p.m. for its 11th annual silent auction, featuring music by The Mustache Brothers and catering by Bourbon and The Oak Table. Tickets are $30 at the door and include admission, drinks, and food. Get yours online now!
King Lear in Finlay Park
October 16th-18th and 22nd-25th, the South Carolina Shakespeare Company presents William Shakespeare’s King Lear. All performances held at the Finlay Park Ampitheatre at 7:30 PM. For tickets and more information, click here or call 803-665-2000.
The Other Place at Trustus Theatre
Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. A mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present and the elusive truth of Juliana’s mental health boils to the surface in The Other Place, running at Trustus Theatre October 17th through November 1st. There will be a talk-back following the matinee on October 19th. Tickets can be purchased here or by calling the box office at 803-254-9732.
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