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SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK FESTIVAL: Registration for participants in the festival is due Monday. The festival will be May 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and will feature publishers, booksellers and literary and community organizations. www.scbookfestivalorg
2013 SERIES OF THE OPEN BOOK: The University of South Carolina’s College of Arts and Sciences wraps its series featuring visiting authors and book discussions with two installments. Elise Blackwell’s discussion of “Great House” will be from 6-7 p.m. Monday followed by Nicole Krauss’ visit Wednesday from 6-7 p.m. in the Program Room of the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library. Author appearances will be followed by refreshments and a book signing. (803) 777-2339; http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/theopenbook/
ROMANTIC LOVE BOOK CLUB: Dr. Keen Butterworth discusses “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston from 10 a.m.-noon Tuesday at the Richland Library, main branch, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 929-3457
MORNING BOOK CLUB: The Lexington Library’s Cayce-West Columbia branch, 1500 Augusta Road, West Columbia, hosts a discussion of “Wicked” by Gregory Maguire from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday. (803) 794-6791
CAMDEN LIBRARY BOOK CLUB: New members are welcome to join a discussion of Elizabeth Moon’s book “Speed of Dark” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kershaw County Public Library, Camden branch, 1304 Broad St. (803) 425-1508
SPEAKER AT THE CENTER SERIES: Hosted by the S.C. State Library’s Center for the Book, USC Press and Hub City Press, the series takes place during lunch and features a variety of authors. Discussions are from noon-1 p.m. at the S.C. State Library, 1500 Senate St. Upcoming discussions include Susan Tekulve, Thursday; Aida Rogers, Cindi Boiter, Ceille Baird Welch and Billy Deal, May 16; and Tom Polland and Phil Sawyer, June 20. Call (803) 734-8666
HELENE BERR EXHIBITION: The Richland Library, 1431 Assembly St., hosts “Helene Berr, A Stolen Life” through May 10. Berr, a student of English at the Sorbonne when the Nazis invaded France, died days before her camp was liberated. Her story is captured in the journal she kept. (803) 799-9084