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
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.
Author: Bobby L. Thomas Jr.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This Week @ Social
Edward Shouse performs Friday the 21st, and on Saturday Absolut Vodka presents A Night in Sweden, with specialty Absolut drinks and live music by Christian Slick. Follow us!
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.
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.
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!
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: