Monday, March 30, 2009

Spring Book Sale, Still More Poe, and Mysteries

This weekend the Library Society will hold its annual Spring Book Sale: we refer to it as Mr. Hinson's Crazy Book Bargain Bonanza (everything must go, go, go)! As in the past, this year's sale will feature great titles and even better bargains. If you love books, and you are looking for a stack of volumes to read during summer vacation, the Library Society is the place to be on Saturday and Sunday. The hours for the sale are 9:30 AM-5:00 PM on Saturday, and 1:30-5:00 PM on Sunday. All books will be half price on Sunday. Book dealers are welcome, but only after Noon on Saturday.

People are still talking about Friday's Poe event (in a good way)! Prof. Harry L. Poe gave an enthralling lecture about the famous poet, and then read "The Raven." Members indulged on Poe-themed hors d'oeuvres, such as City in the Sea Shrimp, The Pit-cooked Barbeque and the Pendulum Sliders, and Ravens Wings (there was no extra charge for the puns). We are grateful to Prof. Poe and other Poe family members, who made the gala and our month-long Poe exhibit possible. If you have not yet seen the exhibit, you have until April 20. It is definitely worth a trip to King Street.

Don't forget that nationally best-selling mystery writers Carolyn Hart and Margaret Maron will be at the Library Society on April 16 to speak about writing mysteries in the Carolinas and to sign copies of their books. If you love mysteries, this is a must-see event!

We look forward to seeing you this weekend.

Read a book (that you purchase from the Library Society)!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Poe, Poe, Poe...and Other Things

On Friday evening the Charleston Library Society will unveil its Edgar Allan Poe exhibit at a Poe-themed party (or Poepalooza) for members and guests. The exhibit includes Poe manuscripts, rare editions, and ephemera, and the event will feature Poe-themed hors d'oeuvres. The exhibit made the front page of the Post and Courier on Monday, and it is even more impressive in person. Tickets for the Poe party are still available, so call today. We are sure that you will have a good time (we humbly apologize to the member who called on Monday to express their concern that people are enjoying themselves at the Library Society).

Jack Bass and Scott Poole did a great job last week at their lecture on South Carolina during the modern era. One of the underlying currents to their comments (and the resulting audience questions) was that South Carolina is dealing with many of the same issues today as during the past century (no great surprise there).

Don't forget our annual Spring Book Sale on April 4-5. We begin the book sale on the day of the Bridge Run, with the hope that dehydrated and fatigued runners will stumble into the building and purchase their weight in Lee Iacocca biographies (at least that is how it has worked in past). Sunday is half-price day (we have discontinued the "fill a box with books for $10" promotion).

Thanks for your support, and we hope to see you soon!

Read a book!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

(It's also Osama Bin Laden's birthday... but let's not get into that.)

Happy Purim! We here at Shh! would like to thank the City of Charleston for bringing some non-traditional ra'ashan... er, noisemakers, in the form of jackhammers and Sawzalls and front-end loaders and the like. These guests should still be around long after the holiday has passed...

We hope you've been able to make it to one of our late-winter events: both the Ken Burger and Marjorie Wentworth book signings proved entertaining, interactive, and very well-attended. If you haven't been able to make it to an event recently, we hope you'll join us Monday (yes, Monday- not Thursday) the 16th (St. Pat's eve!) for Jack Bass and W. Scott Poole as they discuss and sign copies of their new book, The Palmetto State: The Making of Modern South Carolina.

Also on the horizon... a major event celebrating Edgar Allan Poe, mid-April murder mysteries, and, yes- the Spring Book Sale (April 4th-5th... get the word out now)!