NEW ON THE SHELF: "Noah's Compass," by Anne Tyler. In this new novel, a fifth-grade teacher forced to retire at age 61 comes to terms with his future.
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S.C. CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Kristina Dunn Johnson will discuss her book, "No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries of South Carolina," at noon Tuesday at the S.C. State Library, 1430 Senate St., Room 309. Free; bag lunches encouraged. (803) 734-8928; http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov
FRIENDS OF THE RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY'S WINTER BOOK SALE: Thousands of print and nonprint materials will be available for as little as 50 cents for paperbacks and $1 for hardcovers at the Friends of the Richland County Public Library's Winter Book Sale 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 23 at the library's operations center, 130 Lancewood Road. A preview sale for members will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22. Memberships starting at $25 will be available at the door. (803) 929-3475; http://www.myrcpl.com
SOUTHERN WRITER SERIES: Daniel Wallace, author of "Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions," will be the first writer featured in this series beginning at 6 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 929-3475; http://www.myrcpl.com
2009-10 MINORITY WRITERS SERIES: This series, sponsored by the S.C. Poetry Initiative and the University of South Carolina English Department, continues in 2010 with Colin Channer, author of two novels, a novella and numerous short stories. A reception for Channer will be at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28, followed by a reading at 7 p.m. in Gambrell Hall's faculty lounge, fourth floor, on the USC campus. For more information on the series, call (803) 777-0307 or visit http://www.sc.edu/poetry.
SOUTH CAROLINA POETRY INITIATIVE 2010: The University of South Carolina is accepting submissions for the annual South Carolina Poetry Initiative. The contest is limited to writers ages 16 and older. Winning poems will be published in The State and cash prizes are available.
Poems should be previously unpublished and limited to 70 lines. Each entry must be accompanied by a cover sheet that includes the name of the poem and the author's name, address, phone number, e-mail address and date of birth, as well as a 50- to 75-word biography. The author's name should not appear on the page with the poem. More than one poem may be submitted, but each poem will be considered a single entry. A $5 entry fee should accompany each entry and be made payable to USC Educational Foundation. Mail entries to: Kwame Dawes/poetry contest, c/o University of South Carolina, South Carolina Poetry Initiative, Department of English, Welsh Humanities Office Building, Columbia, SC 29208. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 26. For additional details and guidelines, call (803) 777-0307 or visit http://www.sc.edu/poetry.
PICCOLO FICTION OPEN: Piccolo Spoleto is accepting submissions for its 10th Piccolo Fiction Open. Stories should be limited to 1,000 words and sent in Microsoft Word document format in one e-mail to both email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. List in the subject line 2010 PFO Application. The deadline for submissions is March 10. There are no residency restrictions, and authors of winning stories will be invited to read their submissions at Blue Bicycle Books in Charleston during the festival. For more information, call (843) 724-3705. www.piccolospoleto.com