Friends of the Library Sponsor Int’l Literary Festival

Today Charleston to Charleston, Inc. announced details for the second annual collaborative literary festival taking place in Charleston, S.C. November 8–11, 2018. The festival, called Charleston to Charleston, is an ambitious collaboration between the Charleston Library Society, South Carolina’s cultural and intellectual living room, and the Charleston farmhouse in Sussex, home to the Charleston Festival,…

Hero, Master, Demagogue, Beast: The Classical Roots of Modern Fascism

Fascism is having a revival. On Tuesday, Oct. 23, join the Friends of the Library and author Nathan Crick for a classical interpretation of fascism through the lens of four Greek literary and philosophical works—through the heroic epic of Homer’s Iliad, the rhetorical mastery of Gorgias’ Encomium of Helen, the demagogue of Aristophanes’ Birds, and the…

Science Images and Public Amazement: The Implications of Communicating Science Visually

Thursday, September 20, 2018 | 6:00—7:30 PM | Addlestone Library Rm. 227 Popular science images are often dismissed as superficial or supplemental, but, in reality, they have the potential to be powerful vehicles of communication. Ties between scientific communities and non-expert publics could be strengthened through responsible visual communication. As funding for scientific research becomes…

May 30 | Tomb of the Unknown Racist—A Conversation with Blanche McCrary Boyd

Wednesday, May 30 | 6:00—7:00 p.m. | Randolph Hall/Alumni Memorial Hall Join award-winning novelist Blanche McCrary Boyd for a discussion of her provocative new novel, Tomb of the Unknown Racist, her first novel in twenty years. A family story set against political and racial struggle, it is based on real life events surrounding William Luther Pierce, Timothy…

New Digital Exhibit | Slavery, Reconstruction Recounted in African American Memoir

The College of Charleston’s latest digital exhibit solves a nearly 90-year-old history mystery. In 1929, a memoir was published under the pseudonym “Sam Aleckson.” Titled Before the War and After the Union, it chronicled the author’s life from his earliest memories of being enslaved in Charleston to his post-Reconstruction move to Vermont. Save for family…

New Materials | Special Collections Receives Renowned Chef’s Personal Books, Papers

Culinary historian, author, artist and photographer John Martin Taylor, also known as Hoppin’ John, has donated his personal collection of books and papers to the Special Collections Department of the College of Charleston and the Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s International Culinary Institute of Myrtle Beach (ICI). Taylor owned the famous Hoppin’ John’s culinary bookstore and cooking…