Book events calendar

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

HISTORIC CAMDEN'S LYCEUM SERIES - "PLANTERS & PATRIOTS: THE BOYKIN FAMILY": Baynard and Henry Boykin, descendants of one of Camden's earliest families, will discuss their ancestors' role in the community and in the American Revolution from 3-5 p.m. today, at the Kershaw-Cornwallis House, 222 Broad St., Camden. Autographed copies of "A Record of the Boykins" will be available for $6. Proceeds support the Boykin Tombfield Foundation. (803) 432-9841;

SOUTHERN WRITER SERIES: Percival Everett, author of "Wounded," which won the 2006 PEN USA Literary Award, recipient of numerous other literary awards and graduate of A.C. Flora High School, will continue this series at 6 p.m. Wednesday, at the Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly St. A reception and book signing will follow. (803) 929-3475;

S.C. BOOK FESTIVAL: The 14th annual S.C. Book Festival will be held Saturday and Feb. 28 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St. An opening night reception will be from 7-10 p.m. Friday at the Thomas Cooper Library on the USC campus. Tickets for the reception are $60 and may be purchased online. In addition to national and regional authors, the festival will include book appraisals, master classes, panel discussions, book signings, sales and more. For a complete list of authors and events or to register for classes, visit

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Poems should be previously unpublished and limited to 70 lines.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 Friday. For additional details and guidelines, call (803) 777-0307 or visit

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 and 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.

NEW ON THE SHELF: "Twitterature" by Alexander Aciman and Emmett L. Rensin ($12, Penguin) is a book filled with novel summaries in Twitter-like streams of message containing 140 characters or less. The books chosen are a good mix of classics "Jane Eyre," "The Sound and the Fury," and "The Odyssey," to more recent hits "Harry Potter," "The Da Vinci Code." Attention all 16-year-old girls, "Twilight" is included as well.