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“LET’S TALK ABOUT IT: MODERN AMERICAN POETS”: This five-part moderated reading, video and discussion features five of the most influential American poets. The first installment 6-7:30 p.m. Wednesday features Walt Whitman. Upcoming discussions feature Langston Hughes, Feb. 20; Emily Dickinson, Feb. 27; Robert Frost, March 6; and William Carlos Williams, March 13 at the Kershaw County Public Library, Camden branch, 1304 Broad St., Camden. Call (803) 425-1508.
BOOK DISCUSSION: Professor Dan Trotter will discuss his recently published book “Redneck in Red China: An American Southerner’s Life in Modern China” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Davidson Hall, Coker College, 300 East College Ave., Hartsville. Free. Call (843) 857-4199.
ONE BOOK, ONE COLUMBIA: The 2013 pick is “The Dry Grass of August,” by A. J. Mayhew. The novel is the story of a young girl’s coming-of-age in the face of racial prejudice in the segregation era. Several events in February will tie into the book: Town hall discussion by community leaders, including Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin, 6-7 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Richland Library, main branch, Bostick Auditorium; writing groups that work with the author, 2-4 p.m.Feb. 27, Bostick Auditorium; and author events, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 28, Bostick Auditorium. To learn how to join others reading the novel at one of Richland Library’s book clubs, visit www.richlandlibrary.com/onebook.
“CONVERSATIONS ON THE CIVIL WAR, 1863”: The series will feature Walter Edgar, a former USC professor and current host of ETV Radio’s “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” speaking with scholars about events and issues of 1863, arguably the most critical year of the Civil War. The next installment at 5:30 p.m. Thursday features Stephen Wise, director of the U.S. Marine Corp Museum and author of “Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War.” Julia Stern, professor of English and American studies at Northwestern University and author of “Mary Chesnut’s Civil War Epic” will be Feb. 21. The series is free but requires registration; (803) 777-2340 or firstname.lastname@example.org
LEADING BY READING: During February, the Leadership Columbia Class of 2013 will collect books for the United Way of the Midlands Reading Consortium. Books will be collected at 2020 Hampton, 4th floor, Suite 4069. A portion of the books will go to children dealing with homelessness. Visit facebook.com/leadingbyreading.
READING WITH RINGLING BROTHERS: Pick up a Rewards Club Card, read five books through March 7 and receive a free ticket to see “The Greatest Show On Earth.” Call (803) 425-1508; www.kershawcountylibrary.org