Book events

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

RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 'KIDS IN PRINT': The Richland County Public Library is accepting entries through Thursday for its "Kids in Print" publication featuring artwork, photos and writing by young people ages 6-18. Entry forms available at library locations and at Selections will be made in the spring, and the publication will be available in May. (803) 929-3434

S.C. FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION: The S.C. 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

'MR. LINCOLN AND HIS WAR' PRESENTATION: USC professor emeritus, author and historian John Chandler Griffin will present a slide presentation and discussion based on his new book, "Mr. Lincoln and His War," at 7 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Lexington County Public Library System's Irmo Branch, 6251 St. Andrews Road. (803) 798-7880, ext. 4

JIM PIECUCH BOOK SIGNING: Camden native and author of "John Eager Howard in the American Revolution," Jim Piecuch will sign books 2-4 p.m. Jan. 9 at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600

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