Book events calendar

E-mail event details along with a contact phone number to, or fax them to (803) 771-8430, Attention: Book Events.

WILMOT B. IRVIN BOOK-SIGNING: Columbia attorney and author Wilmot B. Irvin will sign copies of his latest novel, "Merriman's Second Chance," 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at The Happy Cafe, 4525 Forest Drive.

GRANNY STORYTIME: Bring your pillow and teddy bear and wear your favorite pajamas for bedtime stories with Library Granny. For all ages, at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Richland County Public Library, North Main Branch, 5603 N. Main St. (803) 754-7734

JAN BRETT BOOK-SIGNING PARTY: Longtime children's author Jan Brett will give a drawing presentation at 4:30 p.m. and sign copies of her books, including "The Mitten: 20th Anniversary Edition" 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes and Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. Numbered tickets will be given out at the store beginning at 1 p.m. the day of the event. Limited number of tickets offered. The first 100 people in line with tickets will receive a free signed poster. (803) 787-5600

CHURCHILL IN AMERICA: Literary resident Howard Burnham will give a dramatic performance portraying Winston Churchill at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Richland County Public Library, Cooper Branch, 5317 N. Trenholm Road. (803) 787-3462

MEET AND GREET WITH JIM HARRISON: Author and artist Jim Harrison will share his new Palmetto barn print as well as other prints, note cards, 2010 calendars and his book "Pathways to a Southern Coast" 4-6 p.m. Tuesday at Burry Bookstore, 130 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville. (843) 332-2511;

KAREN WHITE AUTHOR LUNCHEON: Burry Bookstore and Black Creek Arts Center will host a luncheon with Karen White, author of "The Girl on Legare Street," noon-2 p.m. Thursday at The Gallery at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 W. College Ave., Hartsville. Tickets: $25. Includes the book, lunch and signing. (843) 332-2511;

USC PRESS' ANNUAL FALL BOOK SALE: Shop for discounted new releases and best-sellers, plus hundreds of overstocked and slightly damaged books, for as little as $5 for paperbacks and $10 for hardcovers at USC Press' annual fall book sale. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, in the second floor lobby of USC's Russell House University Union, Bull and Greene streets. (803) 777-5029;

CALLING ALL POETS: The South Carolina Academy of Authors is calling for submissions for the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry. There are no restrictions to form or content, but applicants must be South Carolina residents. The deadline for entries is Friday. For additional details on formatting or how to submit manuscripts, call (803) 734-8666 or visit

CURIOUS GEORGE VISITS STORYTIME: Curious George will make an appearance at children's storytime 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600

CAUGHT IN THE CREATIVE ACT: Led by Carolina distinguished professor Janette Turner Hospital, this series features readings and lectures by well-known writers. Sessions take place 5:45-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Nov. 18 at USC's Gambrell Hall. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, send name and address to Janette Turner Hospital by mail, e-mail or fax: "Caught in the Creative Act," Department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Fax: (803) 777-9064; e-mail: For more information, go online at