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Author Ann Ipock to Speak in Calabash, NC

Author Ann Ipock brings latest in ‘Life Is Short’ series to Sunset River Marketplace on Nov. 9

Ann Ipock will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of the eclectic art gallery’s Coffee With the Authors series. The event is free but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, Her writing is at once hilarious, and in the next breath, poignant said Dorothea Benton Frank, the New York Times best-selling author of All Summer Long. Dew On the Kudzu, the Southern writer’s blog said that Ann writes in the vein of Erma Bombeck, but in the gentler, Southern Belle manner – quiet smiles while reading as opposed to snorts.

 

Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! was released in late 2016 and follows Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller; Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide and completes the Life is Short quartet. It explores the beautiful yet strange human race: elderly ladies hogging church pews, ridiculous Siri voice interpretations, and marital matches not made in heaven. Other subjects include holiday hysteria, kitchen misadventures including a large ham that needs its own seat belt and, of course, travel: bad vacation karma and tips on never packing light. Ipock’s zany humor is balanced by nostalgic tales of growing up in the sixties and affectionate family portraits, from her dancing 85-year old father to her lovable (but hairy) Grandog, Gus.

 

Ipock has written for Georgetown Times, South Carolina’s oldest newspaper; Sasee Magazine; Columbia County Magazine and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology, as well as the Silver Coast Winery’s Short Stories.

Meet Author Bryn Chancellor October 27

Meet Bryn Chancellor (Sycamore) October 27, 2017, at Ocean One, Litchfield
The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

An award-winning writer makes her debut with this mesmerizing page-turner in the spirit of Everything I Never Told You and Olive Kitteridge. Out for a hike one scorching afternoon in Sycamore, Arizona, a newcomer to town stumbles across what appear to be human remains embedded in the wall of a dry desert ravine. As news of the discovery makes its way around town, Sycamore’s longtime residents fear the bones may belong to Jess Winters, the teenage girl who disappeared suddenly some eighteen years earlier, an unsolved mystery that has soaked into the porous rock of the town and haunted it ever since. In the days it takes the authorities to make an identification, the residents rekindle stories, rumors, and recollections both painful and poignant as they revisit Jess’s troubled history. In resurrecting the past, the people of Sycamore will find clarity, unexpected possibility, and a way forward for their lives.

Skillfully interweaving multiple points of view, Bryn Chancellor knowingly maps the bloodlines of a community and the indelible characters at its heart – most notably Jess Winters, a thoughtful, promising adolescent poised on the threshold of adulthood.

Evocative and atmospheric, Sycamore is a coming-of-age story, a mystery, and a moving exploration of the elemental forces that drive human nature – desire, loneliness, grief, love, forgiveness, and hope – as witnessed through the inhabitants of one small Arizona town.

The Road to Secession Author Speaks October 20

 Christopher Boyle (The Road to Secession

in Antebellum Georgetown and Horry Districts, SC)

at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Published by the Horry County Historical Society, Boyle’s book explains how citizens in Georgetown and Horry Districts came to feel that secession from the Union was their only option as their constitutional rights were being repeatedly violated.

A full-time social studies teacher at Socastee High School and a part-time teaching associate at Coastal Carolina University, the author holds a BA in history from CCU and an MA in American history from Winthrop University. He currently serves on the Horry County Historical Society’s Board of Directors. Other books by Boyle are Mansfield Plantation, A Legacy on the Black River and an upcoming book about agricultural societies in antebellum Georgetown District.

Dreaming with Animals Author Lisa Kerr Dunn

 Meet Lisa Kerr Dunn & Robin Salmon (Dreaming with Animals) at Caffe Piccolo Oct. 13, 2017.

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.
Mostly Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM, $30

This first children’s biography of celebrated sculptor and Brookgreen Gardens cofounder Anna Hyatt Huntington serves as an inspiration not only because of the greatness of her art but also because of her courage and perseverance. Dunn highlights how Anna overcame society’s expectations of women and survived a life-threatening illness to become a prolific sculptor and an important benefactor of art and wildlife until her death at age 97. Illustrated by Monica Wyrick with a foreword by Robin Salmon, vice president for collections and curator of sculpture for Brookgreen Gardens, Dreaming with Animals is an affecting portrait of a strong, capable, talented and innovative woman.

 

Meet Author Diane Chamberlain at Pawleys Plantation

Author Diane Chamberlain will speak at Pawleys Plantation October 6, 2017, as part of the Moveable Feast program.  Her recent book is The Stolen Marriage.

 

The series of  literary luncheons features exciting authors at area restaurants. Most events are Fridays 11 am – 1 pm.  Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 24 novels, including Necessary Lies, The Silent Sister, The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, and The Keeper of the Light Trilogy, Diane Chamberlain likes to write complex stories about relationships between men and women, parents and children, brothers and sisters, and friends.

In her newest psychological thriller, she steps back to 1944, Hickory, North Carolina. Tess DeMello has just ended her engagement to the love of her life when she is forced into a strange and loveless marriage to an enigmatic man. With no way out and growing racial tensions in a small rural town, can Tess untangle her husband’s mysterious past before her life is put in any more danger?

Author Paul Grimshaw to speak at Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC will feature Syracuse, NY native Paul Grimshaw at its Coffee With the Authors event on Thursday, Oct. 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. Grimshaw is a fulltime freelance journalist, living in his adopted state, South Carolina, since 1997. As a participant in more than a dozen Civil War reenactments, Grimshaw was moved by the job these living historians do, taking the participant and spectator to a place of suspended disbelief. In his debut novel, Travelers of the Gray Dawn, he goes one step further, to ask the “What if” questions.

A unique combination of genres, Travelers of the Gray Dawn, published in 2013, mixes thriller, alternate history and science fact and fiction with a healthy dose of cautionary tale and love story. Reflecting the spirit of storytellers such as Rod Serling and Michael Crichton, the fast-paced novel is filled with likable characters and intriguing “what-ifs” about a modern world without the benefit of a United States of America. The themes and storyline come together to entertain and urge readers to consider their own understanding of how events of the past shaped our present day (for better or worse) and why we are who we are and of America’s place in the evolution of the world we know.

 

Voyagers of the Gray Dawn: Finding Henry is the 2015 follow-up to Travelers of the Gray Dawn. The story unfolds in Princeton, NJ as Henry Rollins, a prodigious young PhD physics professor and assistant to Albert Einstein, is caught up in the tumultuous exploits of World War II U.S. Naval top-secret experimentation. As Einstein’s miscalculations and a stowaway Nazi spy interfere, the young doctor is hurled headlong into a world he’s only heard rumor of; a parallel universe where the Confederate States of America is the governing body over a good deal of the former Unites States of America. Back home, Rollins’ equally young and brilliant wife Margaret, is desperate to reunite with her missing husband, and may just have a clue where he is. Filled with historical facts and alternate history imaginings, Rollins’ epic travels, hinted at in the first book, are explored in detail this time.

 

The Sunset River Marketplace event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Fall lecture series Features author Arleen Mercorella

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, resumes its schedule of Coffee With the Authors events with a presentation by Arleen Mercorella on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mercorella’s book, titled A Matter of Survival, the Story of Frances, is the poignant story of her own mother’s challenging life and descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

From the time Frances was born, the odds were stacked against her. She was born to Italian immigrants in 1917; her father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all.

And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she wound up in an orphanage, lonely and scared.

 

But the same girl who spent her formative years facing feelings of abandonment and isolation managed to grow into a woman full of positivity and gratitude, overcoming astounding obstacles and never showing a hint of bitterness. Mercorella handles her tale with particular grace.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot or sign up online.

 

Friends of the Beaufort Library Fall BOOK SALE Announced

The 2017 Friends of the Beaufort Library Fall Book Sale is right around the corner, with thousands of boxes of donated books plus audio-visual materials (books, music, and movies) available at give-away prices for the annual fundraiser.

As in years past, the beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort will be the site of the sale, which begins Friday September 22 and runs thru Sunday September 24th.  On Friday a two-hour preview for all members of The Friends will be held from 10 am to Noon. If you aren’t already a member, you can sign up before or during the preview at the membership table for $15.   The sale then opens to the public from Noon thru 6 pm, and will reopen on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.  On Sunday Noon to 4pm, everything is half off, including rare and collectible books.

The popular Silent Auction will again be conducted during this year’s book sale, with bids being accepted between 10 am on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday, when bidding closes.   Included in this year’s Silent Auction are a number of signed Pat Conroy books, a selection of Natural History books on birds, gardens, freshwater fish, tropical plans, wildflowers and aquarium fish. Many similar books will also be found in the Rare & Collectible section, as well as on the Natural History, Gardening and other tables.

“This year’s Silent Auction is going to be bigger and better than ever,” according to Book Sale Chairman Kinsey Baker.  “We’re getting donations daily so it’s a good idea to look at our website for more announcements about items that will be included in the auction.”

“We also have a small but charming collection of Vintage Christmas books that came in as well as a large reference library on Astrology,” he said. “With more coming in every day, who knows what else might turn up between now and the end of September.”

The book sale spokesman said donations of books throughout the year have been strong and he expects to bring more than 40,000 books, CD’s and DVD’s to this sale.  As always, there will be a good supply of children’s books from the greatly expanded Children’s section in the Friends’ Book Store located at the downtown Beaufort library on Scott Street, which is open year-round during library hours, with fresh stock being added regularly.

Donations of books, CDs and DVDs are needed more than ever, especially with the recent expansion of the Friends Book Store and its increased activity.

The Book Sale is the main fundraising event held by the Friends with all proceeds benefitting the Beaufort County Public Library branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island.

For more information, email FriendsBeaufort@gmail.com or visit the Friends website – friendsofthebeaufortlibrary.com.

 

Meet Author Tony Bartelme

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com

Aug. 25 ~ Tony Bartelme (A Surgeon in the Village) at Pawleys Plantation

American journalist, author, and senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier, Bartelme has been a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. His new book tells the uplifting true story of Dr. Dilan Ellegala’s quest to teach brain surgery in one of the poorest and most remote places on earth. In vivid detail, the book also exposes one of the world’s most neglected but serious public health problems – one that kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. It’s a story about the power of teaching and love. “Lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding” – Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation.

Meet Author Joy Callaway

Aug. 18 ~ Joy Callaway (Secret Sisters) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

From the author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society comes this unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities. Illinois, 1881: Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt. Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion. As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she will uncover deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and will have to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM.  For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.