Speaker @ the Center

An author signs his book, Painting the Southern Coast, at one of the Speaker @ the Center events.

The South Carolina Center for the Book is pleased to announce the Speaker @ the Center Fall/Winter 2018-2019 series. 

Speaker @ the Center is a series hosted by the South Carolina Center for the Book and celebrates South Carolina's rich literary heritage, and provides local authors the opportunity to connect with other South Carolinians to discuss and sell their most recently published works. These events are FREE and open to the public at the South Carolina State Library. For directions and parking instructions, please visit SCSL's Contact Us information.

Liz Gilmore Williams | No Ordinary Soldier: My Father's Two Wars | Burkwood Media Publishing
November 8

A young man from a gritty Pennsylvania mill town enlists in the Army Air Corps and heads for Hawaii. Amid air raids, stifling heat, and outbreaks of tropical disease, he clings to sanity through the letters he and his wife share, letters found years later saved in an attic. When his daughter finds these letters, they lead her to discover a shocking family secret and reveal a story of war, love, and forgiveness.

Ed Devos | Revenge at King's Mountain | Deed's Publishing
December 6

This is a story of our forefather’s courage and valor, honor and integrity; of men and women who stood up against a British government and said enough is enough. While this is a story of one battle fought in 1780, its story of sacrifice is something that still lives in us as Americans today.

Sheila Morris | Southern Perspectives on the Queer Movement: Committed to Home | USC Press
January 17

These collected essays by South Carolinians explore their gay identities and activism from the emergence of the HIV-AIDS pandemic to the realization of marriage equality in the state thirty years later. Each of the volume’s nineteen essays addresses an aspect of gay life, from hesitant coming-out stories in earlier decades to the creation of grassroots organizations.

Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes | Days of Destruction: Augustine Thomas Smythe and the Civil War Siege of Charleston | USC Press
February 7

Through a collection of letters written by Augustine Thomas Smythe, a well-educated young man from a prominent Charleston family, we get a glimpse of the long, destructive assault on the Holy City during the Civil War. From behind a telescope in the midst of the War, he shares an almost post-apocalyptic perspective of the oftentimes quiet, and frequently lawless, street where he lived before and during the siege of Charleston.

Amy Duernberger | Exploring the Southern Appalachian Grassy Balds: A Hiking Guide | USC Press
March 7

The “treeless wonders” of the southern Appalachians, grassy balds have long baffled scientists and enchanted outdoor enthusiasts. They exist as open spaces, often grassy meadows, on or near the summits of mountains. This is the first guidebook to focus exclusively on the southern Appalachian grassy balds and is organized into five geographic areas, with complete descriptions, maps, photos, and historical tidbits.