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BETHUNE BRANCH BOOK CLUB: Meets 6:30 p.m. Jan. 7 to discuss “A Simple Winter” by Rosalind Lauer, 206 S. Main St., Bethune. (843) 334-7142
BOOK SIGNING: Author Karen White will speak and sign books Jan. 12 at 2:30 p.m. at the Irmo Branch Library, 6251 St. Andrews Road. White is the author of numerous books, including “On Folly Beach.” (803) 798-7880
CONVERSATIONS ON THE CIVIL WAR, 1864: Tracy Power, author of “Lee’s Miserables: Life in the Army of Northern Virginia from the Wilderness to Appomattox,” will speak from 5:30-7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Capstone House Campus Room on Barnwell Street. The series of discussions with moderator Walter B. Edgar will run through Feb. 11. Register by calling (803) 777-2340 or emailing email@example.com. Free and open to the public.
ELGIN BRANCH BOOK CLUB: Meets 6 p.m. Jan. 16 to discuss “Defending Jacob” by William Landay, 2652 Main St., Elgin. (803) 438-7881
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LIBRARY CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Author James L. Underwood will talk about his book, “Deadly Censorship: Murder, Honor and Freedom of the Press,” as part of the library’s Speaker @ the Center program, Jan. 19 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.
CAMDEN BRANCH BOOK CLUB: Meets 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to discuss “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes, 1304 Broad St., Camden. (803) 425-1508
S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL 2014: The 2014 S.C. Book Festival will be held May 16-18, 2014, at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Exhibitor applications are now being taken through April 15. Author submissions will be taken through March 1. More information is available at www.scbookfestival.org.