Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wine, women and cadets at the SC Book Festival Feb. 27-28

Several UGA Press titles will be featured at this weekend's South Carolina Book Festival in Columbia.

After an opening night reception on Friday, the festival really gets going with presentations and signings at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center -- all free and open to the public -- from 9 am to 5:30 pm Saturday and 11:30 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday.

Presenters include cookbook authors Matt and Ted Lee, poets Kwame Dawes and Atsuro Riley, novelist Jill McCorkle, and many others; additional entertainments include music, films, and a chance to have books appraised by antiquarian book dealers.

Catch the following UGA Press books and authors at the festival:

David S. Shields
Shields, an expert on early American foodways, will discuss the work of the innovative early winemaker Nicholas Herbemont, who cultivated his grapes in the South Carolina piedmont during the early years of the American republic.

Saturday, 12:40-1:30 pm, Richland Meeting Room C
"Book Club Picks" with fiction writers Gerald Duff and Dale Neal

Sunday, 11:30 am-12:20 pm, Lexington Meeting Room A
"Books that Enlighten and Change" with media literacy expert Frank W. Baker and oceanographer Abby Sallenger

Alexander Macaulay
Macaulay presents his study of the recent history of The Citadel, which he approaches on the one hand as a trained historian and on the other as a former cadet who lived through some of the cultural changes at the institution that his book seeks to understand in a broader context.

Saturday, 2:00-2:50 pm, Congaree Meeting Room A&B
"Military Books and History" with novelist Charles McCain and journalist James Scott

Valinda Littlefield and Marjorie Julian Spruill
Editors Spruill and Littlefield launch the new volume of their three-volume series of biographical essays by historians that explore the lives and times of interesting South Carolina women.

Sunday, 11:30 am - 12:20 pm, Carolina Meeting Room
"South Carolina Women's History"