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CONVERSATIONS ON THE CIVIL WAR, 1864: Craig Symonds, author of “The Civil War at Sea” will speak from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday and Carol Reardon, author of “Pickett’s Charge in History and Memory” will speak from 5:30-7 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Capstone House Campus Room on Barnwell Street. The series of discussions with moderator Walter B. Edgar will run through Feb. 18. Register by calling (803) 777-2340 or emailing email@example.com. Free and open to the public.
USC AIKEN OSWALD DISTINGUISHED WRITERS SERIES: Author Jan Epton Seale will speak at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Etherredge Center, 471 University Parkway, Aiken. Upton is the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate. The event is free and open to the public. (803) 641-3479
CAMDEN BRANCH BOOK CLUB: Meets 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 to discuss “The Aviator’s Wife” by Melanie Benjamin, 1304 Broad St., Camden. (803) 425-1508
ELGIN BRANCH BOOK CLUB: Meets 6 p.m. Feb. 20 to discuss “American Gods” by Neil Gaiman, 2652 Main St., Elgin. (803) 438-7881
ONE BOOK, ONE COLUMBIA: The 2014 pick is Pat Conroy’s “My Reading Life.” A monthlong series of programming will begin in February, culminating with Conroy’s appearance at the Township Auditorium on Feb. 27. The event kicks off Feb. 4 with a special discussion of the book at the main Richland Library branch on Assembly St. Details: http://www.RichlandLibrary.com/onebook.
S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL 2014: The 2014 S.C. Book Festival will be held May 16-18 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.