They Are Only Spoons
Author: John M. Starino
This is the third published collection of poems by the Columbia author. The book is divided into three sections: struggle, resolution and frisson. This year is the 10th anniversary of the death of Starino’s parents, and some of the poems offer his thoughts on his family. He will be signing his book from 5 to 8 p.m. on May 23 at White Rose Crossing, 831 Meeting St., West Columbia.
Dear: Your Name Here
Author: Gully Zucca
Publisher: Thought Catalog
A song title from many years ago — “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” — could be the subtitle of this book. It’s a collection of letters from a boy to a girl, chronicling the ups and downs and ultimate ugly disintegration of their long-distance romance. Gully Zucca is the pen name of a man who studies and teaches at the University of South Carolina.
My Year with a Jersey Girl
Author: Joseph Mercurio
The author took care of his son’s neurotic golden retriever (the “Jersey Girl” of the title) while his son was serving in South Korea. The Lexington man — a transplant from New Jersey — said writing the book was better than the alternative: attending mental therapy after caring for the dog. A financial adviser, he is also the author of The Calendar Budget, a guide to changing personal spending habits.
365 Tarot Activities
Author: Deanna Anderson
The author, who lives in Sumter, teaches how to read Tarot cards through a series of prompts and activities. The book is meant as a guide for novices as well as experienced Tarot readers. Among Anderson’s previous books are Magick for the Kitchen Witch and Magick for the Elemental Witch, both of which are going to be re-released in 2014-15.
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.
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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.
Great Gifts for the Whole Family
Don’t miss Half Moon Outfitters’ holiday sale! Up to 30% off Prana, Patagonia, The North Face, and other great brands. Location and hours here.
A Re-Imagined Christmas Carol at Trustus
Watch as five actors perform all the characters of Charles Dickens’ classic story and create a live musical score in a production that had audiences and critics raving last year. Get your tickets here!
Ice Skate on Main Street
Columbia’s famously hot skating rink opens Thanksgiving Day! Additional information and discounts can be found here.
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Holiday Wish ListWhere to shop for gift ideas in Columbia this season: