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.
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.
Tax-Free Weekend at Best Mattress
With big savings from July 31st-August 2nd, you can afford handcrafted quality. Free bed frame and pillows on any Full, Queen, or King set $599 and above! Click for locations and hours.
Relaxation, Pain Management, and Stress Relief
Licensed massage therapist Allison Morris of AMR Massage is offering 50% off your first session and every 5th session free of charge. Click here for location, hours, and more information.
A Healthy Happy Hour
4-7 p.m at Good Life Cafe on Main St. Try our $4 local draft beers, $4 organic wine, 1/2 off select bottles of house wine and $5 handcrafted house cocktails with juices cold pressed and made daily. Click here for more info.
New Downtown Dessert and Coffee Bar!
Tony’s Italian Eatery has teamed up with Southern Charm Sweets to bring you the highest quality dessert selection in the downtown area. 1120 Washington St., Suite 2. Find us on Facebook!
Columbia’s Largest Sidewalk Sale
Shop local this tax free weekend! Devine Street and Five Points are teaming up for a massive sidewalk sale featuring great in-store specials from all your favorite retailers and a Saturday art stroll. Read more hereand here!
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
Now hiring immediately for armed and unarmed security officers. WE TRAIN YOU! Columbia & surrounding areas. ussecurityassociates.com
Real Estate Spotlight
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