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"AN EVENING WITH PAT CONROY": Pat Conroy will discuss his new novel "South of Broad" at a benefit and book signing event at 7 p.m. Thursday at the State Museum, 301 Gervais St. Tickets are $75 and include an autographed copy of "South of Broad." Proceeds from the event will benefit the South Carolina Autism Society. Tickets are available by phone (800) 438-4790 or online at www.scautism.org.
HOPKINS - IMAGES OF AMERICA: Local authors Ann Drayton Lister and Virginia Hook McCracken will discuss and sign their new book "Hopkins," part of the Images of America series, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Richland County Public Library, Southeast Regional Branch, 7421 Garners Ferry Road. (803) 776-0855; www.myrcpl.com
READ-A-THON FOR HARVEST HOPE: This reading marathon for all ages will help families in need. Participants can sign up to read in 15-minute intervals, contribute nonperishable food items or come to the Cooper Branch for a day of stories in English and Spanish, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Richland County Public Library, Cooper Branch, 5317 N. Trenholm Road. (803) 787-3462; www.myrcpl.com
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SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION: The South Carolina Arts Commission is accepting submissions for its biennial first novel competition. Bret Lott, author of 12 books, will serve as contest judge. The application deadline is Jan. 5. For a complete set of guidelines or more information call (803) 734-8696 or visit www.southcarolinaarts.com/firstnovel/index.shtml.