Center for Lifelong Learning to Host Book Fair at USC Aiken | Local News


Why not start your holiday shopping early, without worrying about clogged supply chains?

National Independent Authors’ Day is Saturday, and the Center for Lifelong Learning will be hosting a book fair at USC Aiken from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Business and Education gym. Admission is free, but guests are encouraged to donate at the door and win prizes.

Books by over 40 published authors will be for sale, along with lectures and panel discussions on different aspects of writing and publishing, including mystery, poetry, the African-American experience, historical fiction and the publishing world today.

The fair will open for registration at 9:30 am The exhibit hall will open to visitors at 10:00 am and the educational program will begin at 10:40 am with an opening speech by Dr. Kasie Whitener.

Whitener’s debut novel, “After December,” was a finalist for the National Indie Excellence Award and her second album, “Before Pittsburgh,” won an honorable mention at the New York Book Festival. She hosts Write On SC, is a board member of the South Carolina Writers Association and received the Fresh Voices in the Humanities award in 2021. She is a business owner and instructor at the University of South Carolina. At its core is GenX fiction and not quite above the 90s. She won the 2021 Broad River Prize for Prose and has presented for the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Fairfax County Public Library in Virginia.

Free parking will be available in University Parking Lot C, located next to the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct participants to the various locations of the Business & Education building.

The Book Fair is a fundraising effort for the centre’s scholarship programs, and attendees are asked to pay $ 5 at the registration desk. All contributors will be entered into the door prize draws that will take place throughout the day.

Attendees will have the chance to meet and speak with a variety of accomplished writers from across South Carolina.

“The writers who will participate represent a wide range of writing genres, from mid-level fiction to fantasy and science fiction. If you are planning to attend, please allow sufficient time to attend some or all of them. sessions and also to talk with authors whose writing interests you, “said Steve Gordy, organizer of the book fair and president of the CLL program.” We are organizing this book fair in order to raise funds, but also to let the public know how much talent we have as a writer both locally and regionally. “

For more information, email extprograms@usca.edu or call Michael St. John at 803-641-3681.

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