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COLUMBIA JEWISH BOOK FESTIVAL: Today-Friday at the Katie & Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center, 306 Flora Drive. Festival activities include: a screening of Shalom Sesame’s “Mitzvah on the Street” with a craft and snack for children, 2 p.m. today; a showing of the film adaptation of Mitch Albom’s novel, “Have a Little Faith,” 3 p.m. today; keynote speaker Mary Glickman, 8 p.m. Monday. The book marketplace open all week. All events are free for members; a $5 donation is requested of nonmembers. (803) 787-2023
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA FALL LITERACY FESTIVAL: USC’s 14th annual Fall Literary Festival will feature children’s author M.T. Anderson on Tuesday and author Cassandra King on Oct. 29. Events will be held at 6 p.m. in the Hollings Special Collections Library, Program Room (enter through the Thomas Cooper Library). Free and open to the public. www.library.sc.edu/fallfestival.html
S.C. CHRISTIAN WRITERS’ SHOWCASE: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Brookland Baptist Banquet and Conference Center, 1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia. The theme is “Remembering Christ at Thanksgiving.” The event, sponsored by the Columbia Writers’ Alliance, will feature keynote speaker Pastor Veryl Howard, author of “God Hears a Teacher’s Cry” and “God Is My Ticket Out of the Ghetto,” and Anna Courie, author of “Christ Walk: A 40-Day Spiritual Fitness Program.” (803) 466-6550; www.scchristianwritersshowcase.com
IRMO BRANCH LIBRARY BOOK CLUBS: Evening Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the Conference Room to discuss “Emma” by Jane Austen; Books with Bite meets at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 (RSVP at the Reference Desk) to discuss “Raised by Wolves” by Jennifer Lynn Barnes; Morning Book Club meets 10 a.m. Nov. 7 in the Conference Room to discuss “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn, 6251 St. Andrews Road. (803) 798-7880
BOOK SIGNINGS: Teen author Lisi Harrison will sign copies of “The Pretenders,” 6 p.m. Nov. 7 at Books-A-Million at the Village at Sandhill, 164 Forum Drive. (803) 788-4349
SOUTH CAROLINA GOVERNMENT BIT BY BIT SERIES: “Trade and Transportation” webinar session at 11 a.m. Nov. 19 at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate St. Free and open to the public. (803) 734-8625
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LIBRARY CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Authors Mary Whyte and Martha Severens will talk about their book, “More Than a Likeness: The Enduring Art of Mary Whyte,” as part of the library’s Speaker @ the Center program, Nov. 22 from noon-1 p.m., 1500 Senate St. Books will be available for purchase and autographing. The program is free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch. (803) 734-8666.
S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL 2014 AUTHOR SUBMISSIONS: The 2014 S.C. Book Festival will be held May 16-18, 2014, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Author submissions will be taken through March 1, 2014. Author submission forms and guidelines are available at www.scbookfestival.org under the “Authors” tab.