Book lovers will be happy to hear that a new downtown retail shop has just added a book section.
The popular Soda City Market, which fills the 1400 and 1500 blocks of Main Street with vendors and visitors on Saturday mornings, has a bricks-and-mortar location called Nest at the Marriott Hotel at Main and Hampton.
Owner Emile DeFelice has just expanded the shop’s collection of gifts and artisan works by introducing a book section featuring more than 300 titles published by the University of South Carolina Press.
Nest will present a book signing by local authors each month during the First Thursday celebration on Main Street. Editor Aida Rogers and contributors Cindi Boiter, Dianne Johnson and John Cely will be signing State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love (a collection of essays published by USC Press) on Sept. 4. First Thursday activities begin at 6 p.m.
What It Costs to be the Boss
Author: Jerry Bellune
Publisher: Riverbanks Press
The subtitle of this book is “19 Strategies for Peak Performance in Today’s Changing Business Climate.” Bellune is the owner of the Lexington County Chronicle with a long history as a writer, editor and business coach. He draws on his experience as a local business owner, an executive on large daily newspapers and a leader of business seminars to put together a series of tips that are pertinent to personal, professional and civic life. The book is available through his website, jerrybellune.biz.
I Only Left for Tea: Poems
Author: Al Black
Publisher: Muddy ford Press
Al Black describes himself as a Northern-born Southern poet, and this is his first book. He is a native of Indiana but moved to Columbia in 2008. He is an arts advocate, former athlete and coach, and community activist. He leads Mind Gravy, a combination music and poetry group that meets weekly at Drip Coffee in Five Points. He will be reading and signing his book at a launch party at 7 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Arcade Mall at 1332 Main St. There will also be a musical performance by the local group Daddy Lion, along with light refreshments and a cash bar.
Author: Roger Newman
Publisher: Moonshine Cove Publishing
This first novel is a medical thriller set at the Medical University of South Carolina, where Columbia-born Dr. Newman is a tenured professor and department chair. The story involves power, politics, love and medical ethics. The backdrop includes the Operation Jackpot federal drug bust of the early 1980s, and portions of the story take place in and around Columbia.
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.
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.
Brew Pub Site Available
3520 Augusta Road, West Columbia. Click for more information.
Happy Hour and Sushi Specials All Week
Red Bowl in Lexington now has great early bird and late night sushi specials 7 days a week, as well as 99-cent kids meals on Saturdays! Click here for special information and hours.
Accepting Applications for Shakespeare’s Kidz!
Students ages 10-16 are invited to join South Carolina Shakespeare’s new youth company, with classes running September 20th-December 11th followed by a final performance. Contact Katie Mixon with questions about scholarships and applications: PKatieMixon@gmail.com.
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