Saturday, March 25, 2017

April 2017 Emerging Authors Drop In: Author Highlight Part 1

All this week we’ll be highlighting authors participating in April's Emerging Author Drop-In on Saturday, April 15 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. At the drop-in you’ll be able to meet emerging and local authors and hear their stories.  Books will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Friends of the Library. 

For more information, please contact the Mount Pleasant Regional Library at (843) 849-6161 or come by 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant.

Now, for the highlighting of four of the eleven authors participating.

Book descriptions from Amazon.com.  Links will take you to the book’s or author’s Goodreads page. 

Ian Alford

The Many Lives of Barnacle J. Peabody 
This is the magical journey of Barnacle, the accidental love child of his uniquely creative gay father and his goddess-like mother. Barnacle is deeply in love with his dying girlfriend Bella, and that devotion forces him to visit a shaman and take a hallucinogenic trip through time to find a way to save his girlfriend's life and figure out his own. Barnacle learns valuable life lessons, and clues about Bella's apparent demise, through his hallucinogenic adventures through the Paleolithic era, the Roman Empire, Medieval times, the Shakespearean era, and the roaring 1920s. Along Barnacle’s journey he finds love, romance, exploration, mystery, thrills, and the meaning of life!

Alford also wrote "Hearts of Ladd" and "The Neverending Belly Button".


Nancy Binko

Walk in Faith: Reflections on Christian Living
Jerry and Nancy Binko have collaborated in writing a book that is down-to-earth and inspiring. Each of the twenty-one chapters offers thoughts for serious meditation.  They include: Getting to Know God, Taking Care of Yourself, Stewardship, The Attitude of Gratitude, Forgiveness, and Humility.  Add some humor, personal stories, and practical Scripture quotations, and you have a book that will lead you to a greater appreciation of God's love, as you reflect on what it means to live a life of joy as a Christian.


Linda Clement

The Huguenot Thief
An ancient relic kept in an obscure French convent—stolen in 1685 by a Huguenot girl who escapes to the English colony of Carolina. Three hundred years later, Dr. Kate Strong is kidnapped from Charleston by the former head of Russia's bioterrorism program. How could these two events possibly be linked? As Interpol and the FBI struggle to rescue Kate from her imprisonment in Istanbul, the truth is more horrifying than anyone imagines. And, the Vatican wants its property back.

Gloria Cohen

Gubby's Gift
Gubby, a little boy with special needs, lives in the rural low country of the Carolinas. Interaction with his family and schoolmates is a challenge, yet when left alone, he contentedly roams the fields near his home, happy in his own world. Unexpectedly, the arrival of a stranger stirs a yearning for something beyond his solitude. Join him in this journey with his beloved pup, Skeetuh, and imaginary friend, Pinky, as they help reveal his surprising gift. Gubby's determination to develop his special gift can inspire readers with joy and the courage to follow their own dreams.

Cohen also wrote Straw Dreams.

Emerging Author Drop In Part 2
Emerging Author Drop In Part 3

April 2017 Emerging Authors Drop In: Author Highlight Part 2

All this week we’ll be highlighting authors participating in April's Emerging Author Drop-In on Saturday, April 15 from 2:00 – 4:00pm. At the drop-in you’ll be able to meet emerging and local authors and hear their stories.  Books will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Friends of the Library. 

For more information, please contact the Mount Pleasant Regional Library at (843) 849-6161 or come by 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant.

Now, for the highlighting of four of the eleven authors participating.

Book descriptions from Amazon.com.  Links will take you to the book’s or author’s Goodreads page. 


Jenn Connell and Georgia Hynes-Connell


Sock City
Every clothes dryer has a special place where only socks can go—a magical place called Sock City, where no two socks are the same! And what a wonderful city it is, filled with socks of all shapes, sizes, colors, and fabrics. There are cars, buses, streets, and bridges. There are buildings with offices, stores, libraries, and schools. There are even sports events, parks, and swimming pools! 


Carolyn Havelka aka Elizabeth Harris
What Am I to Do Now, Mama?
Coy Bronson left of North Carolina to follow his dream to California. Despite many obstacles, Coy leans on his mother's encouragement and develops a successful career as an actor, director, producer, and writer-a career that takes him from Hollywood to New York and Europe during World War II. Coy is shocked when he receives news that his friend, James Dean, has been killed in a car accident. While attending his funeral, Coy sees a beautiful guest who he knows does not belong there. She is Norma Jeane and Coy has no idea that very soon, she will be accused of stealing scripts from Liz Taylor. As Coy becomes immersed in the investigation, he partners with Hudson to either force Norma to confess or uncover the real perpetrator. But when their search leads to murder, Coy is led down a path of personal memories where he relives his journey to achieve his dream. 

Wanda E. Jerideau

The Land of Beautiful People
Wanda E Jerideau is a Registered Nurse and Native of Greenpond S.C. She is the Author of a new novel, The Land Of Beautiful People. It is a work of fiction that addresses both the joys and perils of providing Hospice Services to clients in the rural South. The novel embraces the gullah culture, love, compassion and hospitality of the South with characters that will live in the hearts of readers forever. 


Brian Morris

Like a Native: Teaching English, Living Italian
When Brian applies for an English teaching job in Italy, middle school isn’t his first choice. But to be placed within the Pezzoni family, that’s where he must go.
Initially, Brian isn’t happy about the job, but over time, he becomes increasingly engaged with the students. He comes up with an unexpected but brilliant way to get them to focus. It involves a mysterious statue--salvaged from the rubble of a deadly earthquake.
Meanwhile, Brian begins a friendship with Nora, an Italian teacher at the school. She seems to reciprocate his feelings, but their affection for each other is sometimes confounded by cultural misunderstandings and personal history.
Brian’s experiences in and out of the classroom will teach him about the wonders and warmth of Italy—and the surprising wisdom of middle- schoolers.


April 2017 Emerging Authors Drop In: Author Highlight Part 3

All this week we’ll be highlighting authors participating in April's Emerging Author Drop-In on Saturday, April 15from 2:00 – 4:00pm. At the drop-in you’ll be able to meet emerging and local authors and hear their stories.  Books will be available for purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Charleston Friends of the Library. 

For more information, please contact the Mount Pleasant Regional Library at (843) 849-6161 or come by 1133 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant.

Now, for the highlighting of three of the eleven authors participating.

Book descriptions from Amazon.com.  Links will take you to the book’s or author’s Goodreads page. 


Deborah Pepchinski 


The Curious Escapades of Fred and Jake: TheUpside-Down Day
What a sad day for Fred Winklemeyer III, a cherubic, freckled-faced seven-year-old.  His world is about to turn upside down.  Fred must move from his home surrounded by sights and sounds to a strange and serene place.  But Jake, Fred's new best buddy, has other plans first...they embark on an exciting, risky adventure! Fred soon discovers that change can bring curious, fun-filled escapades!

Bob Spearman


Turf and Surf
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, has long been known as a go-to tourist destination. But beneath the sunny exterior lies a dark power struggle between locals, summer workers, tourists, and drug dealing gangsters.
Events converge to a dangerous day of reckoning as a serial kidnapper terrorizes summer workers and a new drug gang attempts to make a claim of their own. With a corrupt police force in charge, does Myrtle Beach have any chance of surviving as a family beach resort?


Spearman also wrote Hard Road and Shrimpin' Gold.


Gaynelle Whittle-Shipp


The Spoken Word: A Proven Power for Life in You
If our ordinary human words hold tremendous potential to build up and break down, how much more power does the word of God have to create positive atmospheres, redirect bad situations, and impact our lives for His good?
Join inspirational speaker and small group leader, Gaynelle Whittle-Shipp, on a life-changing exploration of the power of the spoken word and its ability to transform the world and your life.




Monday, March 6, 2017

George Saunders - Interview

Available as a physical book, eBook, Book on CD, and downloadable audiobook.  Go to our catalog to put on hold or call (843) 805-6930 to put on hold or find out more about downloadables.

What is so unique about this audiobook is it has 166 narrators.  According to Time magazine, the publisher is applying for a Guiness World Record for most individuals' voices on a single audiobook.

To read a little more about the author and the book, click on the link below to read BookPage's interview with George Saunders about Lincoln in the Bardo.


George Saunders - Interview: George Saunders, the prize-winning short story writer, waited a long time before he showed the beginnings of his first novel, Lincoln in the Bardo, to his wife, writer Paula Redick. “She reads my stuff and knows where on the emotional spectrum it lies. So if I do something clever, she’ll go, yeah, yeah, it’s clever. Or she might say, you typed this, you really typed...

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mt. Pleasant Facebook Page Moving

We have a new home on Facebook!  Please like us at our Charleston County Public Library Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CharlestonCountyPublicLibrary for updates on programs, events and services for this branch and other branches around the County.  We appreciate your support.




We will still have this blog, so keep checking back for information about books and library services.

Charleston Tells Concert Series: Robert Jones


Storyteller: Robert Jones
Friday, March 17 from 7-8:30 p.m.
Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Robert Jones is an inspirational storyteller and musician who celebrates the history, humor and power
of American roots music.  An award-winning multi-instrumentalist, Jones is accomplished at guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and fiddle.  For more information about Robert Jones visit his website, http://www.revrobertjones.com/

Beer and wine will be available for purchase to benefit the Friends of the Library.

Tickets: $10 in advance/$12 at the door
Click here to purchase tickets

For more information visit www.ccpl.org/CharlestonTells or call the Main Library at (843) 805-6930.