Meet the Author: Tom Poland

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Join us on Thursday, May 2, from noon to 1:00 p.m., for an author talk featuring Tom Poland and his most recent book, South Carolina Country Roads: Of Train Depots, Filling Stations and Other Vanishing Charms. Venture off the beaten path to forgotten roads, where a hidden South Carolina exists. Cross a rusting steel truss bridge into a scene from the 1930s. Behold an old gristmill and imagine its creaking, clashing gears grinding corn. See an old gas pump wreathed in honeysuckle. Drive through a ghost town and wonder why it died. When's the last time you saw a country store's cured hams hanging from wires? How about a vintage Bull Durham tobacco ad on old brick? Tom Poland explores scenic back roads that lead to heirloom tomatoes, poke salad, gas stations-turned-restaurants, overgrown ruins and other soulful relics.

For more information about Tom Poland, his other titles or more of his talks, visit his website: https://tompoland.net/.  

This event is FREE and open to the public; however, we ask that you register to ensure a seat. This program will be held at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia. Please visit our map & directions page or call (803) 734-8666 for parking information. Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, please contact Andersen Cook, Statewide Initiatives Coordinator at (803) 545-4432 or acook@statelibrary.sc.gov.

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Queen Quet and her Children's Books

June 29, 2024, 11:00 AM

Join us at the South Carolina Center for the Book for an author talk featuring Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation , as she returns to the South Carolina State Library in Columbia, SC, in celebration of Black Music Month and her children's books. Queen Quet will present from her children's books and engage everyone in an interactive Gullah/Geechee presentation. A book signing will follow.