Book events calendar

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

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 Tuesday. 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. Tuesday 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. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600

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 Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 929-3475;

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