Friday, March 14, 2014“What I Came to Tell You” - Tommy Hays
Since his mother died earlier this year, Grover Johnston has watched his family fall to pieces as his father throws himself into his work rather than dealing with the pain. Left to care for his younger sister, Sudie, Grover finds solace in creating intricate weavings out of the natural materials found in the bamboo forest behind his North Carolina home, a pursuit that his father sees only as a waste of time.
But as tensions mount between father and son, two unlikely forces conspire to lead the Johnstons on a new path -- a presence that seems to come to Grover in his darkest moments and new tenants in the rental house across the street who have come from deep in the Carolina hills and plopped themselves right into Grover's life.
Tender, touching, and utterly compelling, What I Came to Tell You (Egmont USA, 2013), the first middle-grade novel from critically acclaimed Asheville author Tommy Hays, is a story of grief, love, and hard-won redemption. He joins Dr. Edgar to talk about the book, and about his career.
Friday, March 21, 2014Conversations on the Civil War, 1864: Plain Folk on the Home Front
Dr. Melissa Walker is the author of numerous books on the Civil War and is co-editor of Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War (2011, USC Press). She will talk with Dr. Edgar about the role of “plain folk”—especially women—during the war.
This presentation was recorded at the University of South Carolina’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on January 28, and was part of the series “Conversations on the Civil War, 1864,” presented in January and February, 2014. The series is sponsored by the USC College of Arts and Sciences.
Friday, March 28, 2014Restoring the South Carolina Botanical Garden - Patrick McMillan
The South Carolina Botanical Garden (SCBG), located on the campus of Clemson University, is a diverse 295-acre garden of natural and manicured landscapes within the South Carolina Piedmont ecosystem. In 2013, however, periods of remarkably heavy rain flooded the Garden and its related facilities, causing heavy erosion damage. SCBG Director Patrick McMillan tells us about the Garden's ongoing restoration.
Friday, April 04, 2014An Evening with Pat Conroy
Pat Conroy, author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, The Death of Santini, joins Dr. Walter Edgar for an event celebrating the author’s life; his work; and One Book, One Columbia’s 2014 selection, My Reading Life (Nan A. Talese, 2010). The conversation was recorded before an audience of over 2000, at Columbia’s Township Auditorium, on the evening of February 27.