Turn some pages by some local authors


A sampling of recent publications by South Carolina and Midlands authors:

Title: "Merriman's Second Chance"

Author: Wilmot B. Irvin

Who he is: Irvin is a Columbia attorney who has written several books for the local publishing house, Red Letter Press. This is his fifth novel. "Jack's Passage," his first, was published in 2001

What it's about: The story follows the legal exploits of John Merriman, "a crusty old trial lawyer" and his clients' illegal ones, which form the backbone of the plot. It includes drama in the courtroom and a bit of redemption.

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Did you know? Irvin, with his wife, Jeannie, count among their "children" seven dogs, four cats, two goats, countless pigs, dozens of hens and roosters, and five horses."

Title: "Mr. Lincoln and His War "

Author: John Chandler Griffin

Who he is: Griffin is a South Carolina native and a Distinguished professor emeritus with the University of South Carolina.

What it's about: This is a pictorial history of the life of Abraham Lincoln, including rare photographs after his assassination.

Find it: Pelican Publishing,

Did you know? While teaching, Griffin wrote the weekly sports column "Where Are They Now?" for The State and the Charlotte Observer and wrote six books about college football.

Title: "Marching in Step: Masculinity, Citizenship, and The Citadel in Post-World War II America."

Author: Dr. Alexander Macaulay

Who he is: Macaulay is an assistant professor and graduate coordinator in the department of history at Western Carolina University.

What it's about: In his study, including interviews with scores of Citadel alumni, Macaulay argues that far from being an immutable bastion, or some archaic regional anachronism reflecting only the traditions of the Old South, The Citadel may be seen as having found itself squarely on the front lines of America's culture wars over the past 60 years.

Find it: Through the University of Georgia Press.

- The (Charleston) Post and Courier

Title: "Daufuskie Island: Photographic Essay," 25th anniversary edition

Author: Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe

Who she is: Moutoussamy-Ashe is a photographer and widow of tennis great Arthur Ashe.

What it's about: A photographic moment in time, this book of photos and essays looks at life long before development began to erode Daufuskie Island, focusing on life in the Gullah community

Find it: The University of South Carolina Press,

Did you know? An exhibit of her photographs is at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston through Jan. 10.

- The (Charleston) Post and Courier

Title: "Lift Every Voice"

Author: Patricia Sullivan

Who she is: Sullivan teaches history at the University of South Carolina and is a fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute at Harvard University. Her books include "Days of Hope: Race and Democracy in the New Deal Era" and "Freedom Writer: Virginia Foster Durr, Letters from the Civil Rights Years"

What it's about: Ten years in the making, "Lift Every Voice" is the first major history of America's oldest civil rights organization, the NAACP, founded 100 years ago. The book was released in the spring in conjunction with the organization's centennial year.

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Did you know? Patricia Sullivan is on a panel with longtime civil rights activists Benjamin Jealous and Julian Bond in Boston next week.