The Screaming Divas
Author: Suzanne Kamata
Publisher: Merit Press
Four misfit but talented teenage girls come together in Columbia in the 1980s to form a rock group, the Screaming Divas of the novel’s title. They become a sensation, but then tragedy strikes. This is Kamata’s third novel. She is living in Japan now after graduating from Lexington High School and the University of South Carolina. She will participate in the South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia later this month (see accompanying Events listing).
His First Lady
Author: Kym Davis Boyles
Evan is the young, beautiful “first lady” — the wife of the pastor of a megachurch — whose existence is threatened by her husband’s greed, lust and thirst for power. Through her struggles, she finds that true love still exists in the world of power and religion. The author lives in Columbia. This is her first published novel.
Buddy’s Fun Day
Author: Henry Porada
Illustrator: Rosemarie Gillen
Publisher: Tyrus Press
Buddy meets friends and they trade favorite items. But after each swap, Buddy sees something even more appealing. This is the Lexington author’s second children’s book. His first, The Inner Light, won a Mom’s Choice Award.
Pat Conroy: The best-selling South Carolina author will be signing his books at 3 p.m. May 15 at Books on Broad in Camden. Conroy’s newest book is The Death of Santini, a memoir of the family struggle that Conroy fictionalized in The Great Santini.
Book Festival: Mark your calendar for the annual South Carolina Book Festival at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center on May 16-18. Nearly 100 national and local authors will participate. There will be writing workshops, book signings, activities for children and information about self-publishing.
Notorious women: Tom Elmore will sign copies of his new nonfiction book, The Scandalous Lives of Carolina Belles Marie Boozer and Amelia Feaster, at Books-A-Million in the Village at Sandhills on May 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. and at Uptown on Main on May 15 from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. The book is about a notorious mother and daughter in Columbia during the Civil War.
Army widow’s life: Artis Henderson, author of Unremarried Widow, will speak at the main branch of the Richland Library at 6:30 p.m. on May 13. The book is a memoir of both grief and hope following the death of her husband in a helicopter crash in Iraq.
Family saga: Mary Ann Claud will sign her novel, The Dancin’ Man, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on May 8 at Books on Broad in Camden. The book is a story about family and business relationships in a family from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Trustus Theatre Presents Evil Dead, The Musical
This musical version of Sam Raimi’s cult classic films promises to serve up more humor than horror. You can read more and purchase your tickets here.
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.
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!
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.
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.
SEARCH FREE TIMES
Local restaurants serving locally grown food during Palmetto Tasty Tomato Restaurant Feast, July 11-18:
U.S. Security Associates
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Real Estate Spotlight
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WATERFORD APARTMENTS 1 & 2 BR’s available with many amenities. Prime location, and plenty of space. Live large at Waterford Apartments. Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 1340 Longcreek Dr., Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
GABLE HILL APARTMENTS 1, 2 & 3 BR’s available with many amenities. Surround yourself with Southern comforts at Gable Hill Apartments! Bring in our ad in Free Times for $50 off your application fee. 310 Ross Rd, Columbia, SC. Click here for more info.
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