Top left corner shows the cover of "Trouble the Water," bottom right corner shows headshot of Rebecca Bruff. Both images are superimposed over calm blue waves

Join us Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7pm EST for an author talk featuring Rebecca Bruff. She will share with us her most recent book, Trouble the Water. 

Deeply moving and illuminating, Trouble the Water reveals the little-known real-life story of Robert Smalls. Born enslaved before the Civil War, Smalls witnesses great privilege and immense suffering alongside his owner's daughter and the dangerous son of a firebrand secessionist. When he's only twelve, he's put to work in Charleston, where he loads ships and learns to pilot a cotton steamer. When the war erupts and his cotton steamer becomes a confederate warship, Robert attempts a harrowing escape to freedom for himself and the people he loves.

This event will take place virtually, in order to receive the Zoom link, you must register here:

For more information about Rebecca Bruff, visit her website at

For more information, please contact Andersen Cook, ReadSC Coordinator at (803) 545-4432 or

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