Local book events, April 6-12

April 6, 2014 

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USC OPEN BOOK SERIES: The next installment of The Open Book, the University of South Carolina’s community reading series is a discussion of Charles Johnson’s “Middle Passage” on Monday, followed by a talk from the author on Wednesday. Participants will discuss Martin Amis’ “Time’s Arrow” on April 14, followed by talk from the author on April 16. 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.

2014 SOUTH CAROLINA READ-IN: Celebrate reading at the 2014 South Carolina Read-In, Thursday at the State House, 1100 Gervais St. Participants will gather in the parking lot of the State Library, 1500 Senate St., from 9:15-9:30 a.m. The parade to the State House begins at 10 a.m. Representatives from various countries will read Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” Sponsored by the S.C. Association of School Librarians and the S.C. State Library.

JENKS FARMER BOOK PREMIERE: Horticulturist and author Jenks Farmer will read from and discuss his book, “Deep-Rooted Wisdom,” 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday at Riverbanks Botanical Garden, 500 Wildlife Parkway. Cost is $10 per person. (803) 779-8717; www.riverbanks.org

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.

AUGUSTA BAKER’S DOZEN STORYTELLING CELEBRATION: Sharing Bookjoy: A Workshop with Pat Mora, 2:30-4:30 p.m. April 24; An Evening with Pat Mora, 6:30-8 p.m. April 25. Both events will be in Richland Library’s Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 799-9084

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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