Local book events, March 23-29

March 23, 2014 

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CLAY RICE EXHIBIT: Illustrations from artist Clay Rice’s book, “Mama, Let’s Make a Moon,” will be part of an exhibit running now through June 29 at the S.C. State Museum, 301 Gervais St. The exhibit is free with museum admission. www.scmuseum.org

USC OPEN BOOK SERIES: The next installment of The Open Book, the University of South Carolina’s community reading series, is a discussion of David Mitchell’s “Cloud Atlas” Monday followed by a talk from the author Wednesday. Participants will discuss Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad” March 31, followed by a talk from the author April 2. All events will be held at 6 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina. The series is free but participants are asked to register online at http://artsandsciences.sc.edu/theopenbook/. A full schedule is available online.

LIVING REAL CONFERENCE: The writers of the Palmetto Christian Writer’s Network will join together for the Living Real Conference, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Baptist Church, 2003 Charleston Hwy. Tickets are $5 each if purchased in advance at www.eventbrite.com or $8 at the door. Local authors who will sign books are “Finding Beth” author Linnette R. Mullin, “Lady and the Sea” author Sharon Leaf, “Living Real” magazine publisher and editor Melanie Shull, “Grieving God’s Way, He Feels Your Pain” author Buffy Crabtree, “Daily Bible Reading” series author Deborah H. Bateman, “Broken Shells” author Deena Bouknight, and mystery writer Paula Benson.

BOOK SIGNING: Columbia author Sean Foley will sign copies of his young adult novel, “The Iguana’s Eyes,” Saturday from noon-2 p.m. at Barnes and Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600

ART EXHIBIT: “Doni Jordan: Tome, A Collection of Heavy Books” will be on display through March 31 at the Richland Library Gallery, 1431 Assembly St. Hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2-6 p.m. Sunday. (803) 799-9084

BOOK SIGNING: Author Eric Jerome Dickey will discuss his new novel, “A Wanted Woman,” at 12:30 p.m. April 16 at the Books-A-Million in Sumter, 1057 Broad St., followed by a 6 p.m. discussion at the Columbia Books-A-Million, 164 Forum Drive. (803) 983-2061; (803) 788-4349

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE LIBRARY CENTER FOR THE BOOK: S.C. Poet Laureate Marjory Wentworth will discuss her book, “New and Selected Poems,” as part of the library’s Speaker @ the Center program, April 18 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: 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. More information is available at www.scbookfestival.org.

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