The Invention of Wings

Plus: Literary Events in Columbia
By Free Times
Wednesday, March 5, 2014


The Invention of Wings
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Publisher: Viking Adult
Charleston writer Sue Monk Kidd’s new novel has been out for less than two months, but it sits at No. 4 on The New York Times Best Sellers list. Kidd’s first book, The Secret Life of Bees, spent more than 100 weeks on that list. Kidd’s new novel jumps off from a historical fact: the wealthy parents of Sarah Grimke gave their 11-year-old daughter a young female slave as a birthday present in 1803 South Carolina. Grimke grew up to be a well-known abolitionist, and this novel imagines her relationship with her slave. The novel was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s book club.

Faith That Heals: Stories of God’s Love
Author: Collected and edited by H. Jane Teas, Ph.D., and Melinda Holland, with Tara Georgianna Jackson
Publisher: Xlibris
A collection of inspirational stories about individuals and their encounters with God. Teas, a research assistant professor at the University of South Carolina, interviewed 115 people who believe God played a role in healing their health problems.

Ghetto Gangsters
Author: Bobby L. Thomas Jr.
Publisher: Xlibris
The author lives in Columbia, but he was raised in Brooklyn, and this novel is about crime on the streets of New York City. It’s the story of a young man from the South who moves north and becomes involved with drugs, street gangs and organized crime.

Events


Meet local authors: The Friends of the Irmo Branch Library will sponsor the library’s second annual Local Author Meet and Greet on March 8 from 2 to 5 p.m. Visitors can talk with local and regional authors and have their books signed. Among the genres that will be represented include general-interest novels, graphic novels, memoirs, religious texts and children’s picture books.

Graphic novel: Corey “Roc Bottom” Davis will sign his new graphic novel Shadowclub Brimstone at the Book Dispensary from 2 to 5 p.m. on March 8. This is the second part of a trilogy Davis calls Order, about the armies of heaven and hell battling at the apocalypse.

South Carolina writers: The Speaker at the Center program from noon to 1 p.m. on March 12 will feature Tom Mack, author of the just-released South Carolina Encyclopedia Guide to South Carolina Writers. The event at the State Library’s Center for the Book is free and open to the public. Mack is the author of four books and more than 100 articles on American cultural history. He is chair of the board of governors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

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