Local book events, March 30-April 5

March 30, 2014 

Email event details along with a contact phone number to books@thestate.com.

BOOK SIGNING: Local author Christi Jeffcoat will sign copies of her children’s book, “A Tale of a Lonely Teddy Bear,” 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday at Uptown on Main, 1204 Main St. (803) 661-7651

USC OPEN BOOK SERIES: The next installment of The Open Book, the University of South Carolina’s community reading series, is a discussion of Jennifer Egan’s “A Visit From the Goon Squad” Monday, followed by a talk from the author on Wednesday. Participants will discuss Charles Johnson’s “Middle Passage” on April 7, followed by a talk from the author on April 9. 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.

LUNCHEON AND BOOK SIGNING: Friends of the Newberry County Library hosts a literary luncheon and book signing of Karen White’s “Return to Tradd Street,” noon Friday at Central United Methodist Church, 1005 College St., Newberry. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. To make reservations, call the Hal Kohn Memorial Library at (803) 276-0854.

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

BOOK SIGNING: Columbia’s Amy Carol Reeves, author of the “Ripper” trilogy, will sign copies of her newest book, “Resurrection,” April 19 at 1 p.m. at the Columbia Books-A-Million, 164 Forum Drive. (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.

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

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