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164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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October 2016

Speaker Series: Jack Weatherford

October 27, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Thursday, October 27th,6:00 PM  Free for members, $10 for nonmembers Join us as we welcome New York Time Bestselling Author, Jack Weatherford as he speaks about his new book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God: How the World's Greatest Conqueror Gave Us Religious Freedom. For tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here.

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November 2016

Charleston Library Society Book Sale

November 12, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Browse a wide selection featuring best-selling fiction, noteworthy non-fiction, beautiful coffee table books, and rare finds. You never know what you'll go home with! In addition to the Book Sale, CLS is excited to host Fletcher C. Derrick. From 1:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday, November 12th there will be a brief lecture and author signing by Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr., M.D. Derrick will be discussing his autobiography entitled, Surgeon Spy. - Small Town Southern Boy - Clemson Cadet - Innovative & Pioneering Surgeon -…

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Charleston Library Society Book Sale

November 13, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Browse a wide selection featuring best-selling fiction, noteworthy non-fiction, beautiful coffee table books, and rare finds. You never know what you'll go home with! In addition to the Book Sale, CLS is excited to host Fletcher C. Derrick. From 1:00pm-2:00pm on Saturday, November 12th there will be a brief lecture and author signing by Fletcher C. Derrick, Jr., M.D. Derrick will be discussing his autobiography entitled, Surgeon Spy. - Small Town Southern Boy - Clemson Cadet - Innovative & Pioneering Surgeon -…

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Music at the Library: The Kiev Trio

November 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Kiev Trio brings together three virtuosos from a similar background – violinist Nazar Pylatyuk, cellist Natalia Khoma and pianist Volodymyr Vynnytsky. They are all Ukrainian-born and international competition winners. Each has an established and distinguished career as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and each has appeared with major orchestras and on premier chamber music series throughout the United States and Europe. Kiev Trio is a stunning and virtuosic musical partnership For tickets, please call 843-723-9912

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Speaker Series: Tom Blagden

November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Come listen to Tom Blagden speak about his book Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration. The official book of Maine’s treasured and New England’s only national park, on the occasion of the park’s centennial. Created in 1916, and encompassing 45,000 acres on two islands and a mainland peninsula on the rugged coast of Maine, Acadia National Park is a jewel of granite mountains, filigreed coastlines, unique cultural resources, dazzling night skies, and precious communities of plant and animal life. Drawing more…

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December 2016

Holiday Strings

December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $25

The CSO string quartet will perform a selection of international carols and sing-along favorites at the beautiful historic Charleston Library Society. Guests are given the opportunity to mingle with the CSO musicians at a complimentary reception following the concert.

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March 2017

Speaker Series Christopher Dickey

March 2, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Our Men in Charleston: A British Secret Agent and the Slave Who Stole the Rebel Codes in the Civil War South The world news editor for the Daily Beast visits... Come enjoy Christopher Dickey as he discusses his most recent book Our Man in Charleston: Britain's Secret Agent in the Civil War South, while also diving deeper and going farther than the book goes with additional stories and lecture topics! Christopher Dickey is a war correspondent, historian, and thriller writer, an authority on terrorism, and a…

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Music at the Library: Good Foot

March 9, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Get your feet tappin' in time for St. Patty's Day Celebrate the approach of St. Patrick's Day with the Good Foot Band, featuring Karin McQuade, Susan Conant and Bart Saylor in a lively concert of Celtic music. Good Foot is named after an old Oklahoma expression describing someone who is "feelin' fine" because "looks like you're dancin' on your good foot." It's an apt description for the Charleston area Celtic band whose joyful groove makes you want to get up…

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Charleston Fashion Week Speaker: Fern Mallis

March 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$30 – $35

Charleston Jewish Community Center Sponsored Event Join us as the legendary Fern Mallis, internationally known fashion consultant, creator of New York Fashion Week, lead judge at Charleston Fashion Week and author of Fashion Lives: Icons with Fern Mallis, discusses her book, a compilation of interviews with movers and shakers in the fashion industry. Books will be sold and signed by Fern Mallis at the event. To purchase tickets, click here. For more information, contact Marylyn Haspel at marylynh@charlestonjcc.org or (843) 571-6565.

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Speaker Series: Webb Hubbell

March 30, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Speaker Series: Webb Hubbell - A legal thriller that scores a touchdown Join us as the Library Society welcomes Webb Hubbell as he discusses his recent release A Game of Inches. Does trouble follow Jack or does he come looking for it? In Webb Hubbell’s third legal thriller, A Game of Inches (Beaufort Books, June 2016), DC attorney Jack Patterson tackles the NFL, fantasy sports, and the power of information in our nation’s capitol. Webb Hubbell is an award-winning author, lecturer, and consultant.…

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April 2017

Rock and Rondo Redux 3

April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Rock and Rodo Redux returns to the Charleston Library Society as CMC’s wind quintet performs a program of music including a new adaptation of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody alongside music of the Beatles, Barber and Debussy! Cost :: $20 CLS members; $30 CLS non-members

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Chamber Music Charleston Presents “Music at the Library: Rock & Rondo”

April 6, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Chamber Music Charleston brings rock back to the Library Society Rock and Rondo Redux returns – this time with the winds taking over! CMC musicians Regina Helcher Yost (flute), Kari Kistler (oboe), Charles Messersmith (clarinet), Sandra Nikolajevs (bassoon), Debra Sherrill Ward (horn) and Irina Pevzner (piano) perform an eclectic program including Barber’s “Summer Music” and Freddie Mercury’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” along with some Beatles and Francaix thrown in for good measure! Tickets are $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. To…

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Charleston Library Society Speaker Series Features Kat Imhoff

April 13, 2017 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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James Madison, the Constitution, and America’s Ongoing Revolution. A conversation with Montpelier Foundation President and CEO Kat Imhoff about how James Madison framed our country’s conversations about rights and freedom Hardly a week passes when the U.S. Constitution is not driving headlines, and yet, many Americans still don’t know the story of how our nation’s social contract came into existence at a moment that has been described by scholars as a “hinge point” in world history. Montpelier Foundation President and…

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Charleston Library Society Speaker Series Features John Avlon

April 17, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Please join us to meet John Avlon, Editor-in-Chief and Managing Director of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst, as he speaks about his latest book, Washington’s Farewell: The Founding Father’s Warning to Future Generations. George Washington’s Farewell Address was a prophetic letter from a “parting friend” to his fellow citizens about the forces he feared could destroy our democracy: hyper-partisanship, excessive debt, and foreign wars. Once celebrated as civic scripture, more widely reprinted than the Declaration of Independence, the Farewell…

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Special Family Concert: Mark Mason

April 22, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Come enjoy a concert perfect for all ages. Mark Mason, a folk singer-songwriter from Summerville, SC, will perform songs from his album Charleston- Musical Portrait in a concert that is fun for all ages. Published songwriter and folksinger/performer artist Mark Mason has taken some of the vast history of "The Holy City," Charleston, SC and written 10 original songs that encompass her past as well as her legends and folklore. And with the production of Rick Haynes, (Gordon Lightfoot's Bass Player), has come…

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May 2017

Wide Angle Lunches Series XII Features Leah Suarez

May 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $25

Charleston Library Society brings back Wide Angle Lunches Series. We offer you an hour of space in the center of your day - an hour to forget what's going on at home, in the office, in your head, and re-focus. An energizing lunch, an expert's insight into a new theme, a fresh perspective on a familiar topic. Emerge from the peaceful surrounds of the Charleston Library Society rested, recharged and perhaps also inspired.   Leah Suarez, "Sacred Ground: The Call…

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A Conversation with Tessa Tennant

May 9, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Join the Charleston Library Society for a conversation with Tessa Tennant; an evening filled with stimulating conversations about a wide variety of topics. For her entire career Tessa Tennant has worked to 'green' the financial services industry.  She co-founded the United Kingdom's first green investment fund, the Jupiter Ecology Fund in 1988 and is on the board of the country's Green Investment Bank.  She has been centrally involved in developing the industry in the UK and overseas especially in Asia. …

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Charleston Library Society Presents Candice Shy Hooper

May 16, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join award-winning author, Candice Shy Hooper for a special afternoon lecture at the Charleston Library Society.  Candice will be discussing her book, Lincoln’s Generals’ Wives: Four Women Who Influenced the Civil War – For Better and for Worse. The story of the American Civil War is not complete without examining the extraordinary lives of Jessie Frémont, Nelly McClellan, Ellen Sherman, and Julia Grant, wives of Abraham Lincoln’s top generals. They were their husbands’ closest confidantes and had a profound impact…

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Wide Angle Lunch Series XII Presents Ruby Lerner and KJ Kearney

May 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $25

Charleston Library Society brings back Wide Angle Lunches Series. We offer you an hour of space in the center of your day – an hour to forget what’s going on at home, in the office, in your head, and re-focus. An energizing lunch, an expert’s insight into a new theme, a fresh perspective on a familiar topic. Emerge from the peaceful surrounds of the Charleston Library Society rested, recharged and perhaps also inspired. Ruby Lerner and KJ Kearney, "Artists Collide…

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June 2017

Eva Dillon, Spies in the Family

June 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free – $5

Join acclaimed author Eva Dillon at the Charleston Library Society on June 12 as she shares tales from her new book, Spies in the Family, a riveting true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer. This astonishing true story of two spies and their families on opposite sides of the Cold War received a coveted Kirkus Star and currently graces several best-seller lists. Eva Dillon spent 25 years in the magazine publishing business in New…

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Speaker Series: Eva Dillon

June 12, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5

We are delighted to host Eva Dillon to discuss her new, Kirkus starred reviewed memoir, Spies in the Family. Spies in the Family is a true-life thriller and revealing memoir from the daughter of an American intelligence officer.  At the height of Cold War tensions between the US and the USSR, the Americans had a secret weapon—a Soviet double agent who rose to the rank of general and passed intelligence which most likely averted a nuclear showdown. Dillon delivers a riveting account that…

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Andrew Carroll – The Million Letters Campaign

June 14, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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On a multi-state tour throughout the country, Andrew Carroll seeks to collect and preserve at least one million war-related correspondences from every conflict in U.S. History, from handwritten missives penned during the American Revolution to emails sent from Iraq and Afghanistan. Local officials such as Mayor John Tecklenberg will be on hand to read from Carroll’s collection of letters, sharing the poignant words of soldiers, sailors and loved ones throughout American history. Staff will also be available to collect donated…

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Book Signing with Arthur Ravenel Jr.

June 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us as Arthur Ravenel, Jr. speaks about his new release, Pastor Stat. Pastor Stat chronicles the journey of Vedder Oberstat, a Huguenot pastor en route to Charleston ready to take his place at the pulpit—but nobody said it was going to be easy. Set at the start of the Civil War, the colorful cast of characters is taken on a death-defying ride as the budding tensions between North and South manifest. A thrilling story of determination and an insightful glimpse into…

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Friends of Coastal SC Benefit with Patrick McMillan

June 24, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Friends of Coastal South Carolina hosts a thought provoking evening with Patrick McMillan.  Renowned naturalists and host of the award winning PBS series, Expeditions, Patrick McMillan brings a unique perspective to the challenges of conservation in our time and imparts an equally unique understanding of how we shape our world.  The evening is a benefit to support loggerhead sea turtle conservation efforts on Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Cape Romain is the most important breeding ground for loggerhead sea turtles…

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September 2017

Speaker Series: James Rosebush

September 21, 2017 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

An insightful lecture about President Reagan What Was Ronald Reagan Really Like? Peeling back layers of Reagan to explore his outsized values and character, Rosebush relies on what Reagan revealed to him personally, and observations while working and traveling the world with him. True Reagan shows readers the roots of Reagan's leadership and astounding communication skills, so that we might apply them to global challenges confronting our world today. James Rosebush - Senior Advisor to Ronald Reagan and Chief of Staff to Nancy…

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Speaker Series: Wolf Burchard

September 26, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us for an evening of art and intrigue as Wolf Burchard discusses his new book The Sovereign Artist - Charles Le Brun and the Image of Louis XIV! Wolf Burchard is an art and architectural historian, and specialist on 17th and 18th century royal patronage. He is the National Trust’s Furniture Research Curator and was Curatorial Assistant at the Royal Collection Trust from 2009 to 2014 where he assisted Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures, in curating "The First…

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The Return of Porto Segura

September 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Samba your way back to the Library Back by popular demand, especially after Hurricane Mathew prevented their performance last season, Porto Seguro will kick off the Music at the Library Series with the rhythms of Brazil! Porto Seguro is a local band that specializes in samba and Brazilian bahia music. While the music will have you moving, the knowledgeable performers will give you background on these lively and interesting genres. Come enjoy the sounds, and sights, of Brazilian music as…

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October 2017

Speaker Series: Temple St. Clair

October 5, 2017 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us as we partner with Croghan's Jewel Box to host jewelry maker, Temple St. Clair, as she discusses her journey and her most recent book The Golden Menagerie. Temple St. Clair found her passion for creative expression in gold and precious gemstones 30 years ago. St. Clair founded her company in Florence, Italy, beginning her partnership with the world’s finest goldsmiths - the centuries-old Florentine jewelers’ guild. Barneys New York inaugurated their fine jewellery department with St. Clair’s first collection in…

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Rock and Rondo Redux IV

October 12, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Chamber Music Charleston returns to the Charleston Library Society (164 King Street) for ROCK AND RONDO REDUX IV!  CMC’s musicians trade in their suits and jackets for more relaxed attire as they perform a crossover program that mixes classical music with rock and roll favorites. PROGRAM: WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART Mozart String Quartet No. 19 in C Major, K. 465 THE BEATLES The Walrus, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together LED ZEPPELIN Stairway to Heaven Jenny Weiss and Tomas Jakubek, violins Ben Weiss,…

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November 2017

Bloomsbury & Charleston: Tradition and Modernism

November 3, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

The city of Charleston in South Carolina and Charleston, a small farmhouse in Sussex, England, share the reputation of being epicenters of modernism in the first half of the 20th century. Charleston in the UK, the rural home of the Bloomsbury group painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant, was a hub of creative and intellectual activity as well as social and domestic experimentation. Frequent guests included innovative artists and writers such as Virginia Woolf (Bell's sister), Leonard Woolf, Clive Bell,…

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Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women’s Rights

November 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

Marjorie Spruill's recent book Divided We Stand charts the history and aftermath of "the most important event nobody knows about" (Gloria Steinem): the National Women's Conference which took place in Houston in 1977. Did it pave the way for an irrevocable split between feminists and their conservative challengers, dividing the nation, as Democrats continue to support women's rights and Republicans cast themselves as the party of family values to this day? A reappraisal of the pivotal and polarizing events that transpired…

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Meditations on Greatness

November 4, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

Ben Okri with Jonathan Green Against the backdrop of our troubling times, the poet and novelist Ben Okri offers a timely and timeless meditation on the qualities we need to survive and transcend the age in which we live. His sometimes provocative thoughts are distilled from the world of politics and culture, and they come at the role of the human from an unexpected angle. After the lecture, there will follow conversations on the themes of the talk as they…

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Babyboomer Blues

November 4, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

William Nicholson and Miranda Sawyer with Juliet Nicolson For some, life begins in middle age; for others, it is a time for stocktaking or even dread. Journalist and broadcaster Miranda Sawyer's mid-life crisis struck in her forties. It did not take a traditional form - she did not run off with her Pilates teacher - but the sudden jolt prompted an exploration of this frequently mocked life stage. Her resulting book Out of Time is based on interviews to discover how…

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Virginia Woolf & Bloomsbury Painting: When are Words Not Enough?

November 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

"What can six apples not be?" This was the question Virginia Woolf asked herself as she watched three Bloomsbury painters subject a small picture of apples by Cezanne to intense scrutiny. This is not the only moment when painting disturbed her. "Artists are an abominable race," she declared. But the strong colors which her sister Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant began to use, in imitation of French post-impressionism, called for her attention. And suddenly, she too, as a writer, wanted…

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Charleston & Sissinghurst: Preserving Artistic and Literary Legacies

November 5, 2017 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15 – $25

What is it like to grow up in an historic house and return years later to find tourists from all over the world wandering through the spaces you knew and loved as a child? Charleston and Sissinghurst are two of the most iconic houses in England open to the public, although entirely different in scale. Charleston, the former rural home of the artists Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant and a meeting place for some of the most influential creators and…

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Book Launch! The Charleston Library Society’s Favorite Fifty

November 20, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $20

Come celebrate the release of CLS' very first self- published book, Rare, Prized, and Valuable - The Charleston Library Society's Fifty Favorites From the Collections. Curated by staff, the book highlights 50 treasures from our various collections housed within our building. This event will be a perfect opportunity for anyone who wants to peek into the vaults for a rich view of historical treasures. Books will be available night of the event, but if you can't wait to get your…

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December 2017

Charleston Library Society Speaker Series presents Ron Powers

December 4, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $15

Join us as we host, Pulitzer Prize and Emmy award winner, Ron Powers as he presents Locking Away Our Mentally Ill--It's a Crime while discussing his most recent book, No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America. Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Ron Powers is an award winning critic, journalist, writer, and novelist. While working at the Chicago Sun-Times, he became the first television critic to win a Pulitzer Prize and a little…

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February 2018

Emilia Phillips Reads for the Poetry Society of South Carolina

February 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

The Poetry Society of South Carolina presents a free public reading Emilia Phillips. Phillips is the author of three poetry collections from U. of Akron Press, Signaletics(2013), Groundspeed (2016), and Empty Clip (due Spring 2018), and three chapbooks, most recently Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike (Bull City Press, 2015). Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She is an assistant professor in the MFA Writing Program and the Department of…

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Music at the Library: Affairs of the Harp with Abigail Kent

February 14, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Share a romantic evening with the delightful Abigail Kent, as she plays her harp and plucks at your heartstrings. This special Valentine's Day concert is the perfect gift; Kent is a national prize-winning harpist who has played across the U.S. and abroad, and just so happens to be a native of our lovely city.

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By the Book: Peg Eastman, Richard Powell, Maurice Thompson & Robert P. Stockton

February 28, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

  The Huguenot heritage in the United States cannot be overstated. In the latter part of the sixteenth century, France was plunged into a series of religious wars. In 1589, Henry of Navarre became Henry IV of France, but peace was not achieved until he issued the Edict of Nantes in 1598, which recognized the Huguenots' right to worship in the towns they controlled. While Henry IV lived, the financial and military security of the country was ensured. After his…

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March 2018

Crafternoon: Paste Paper

March 3, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$15

Join CLS staff Kerri & Anna for a hands-on workshop. Paste paper is one of the oldest decorative techniques used on book covers, popular in Europe from the 16th- 18th centuries. Pigments are suspended in wheat starch paste and brushed, combed, or daubed onto paper. Making it is low-cost, non-toxic, easy, and fun! Cost: $15 members/nonmembers.

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Speaker Series: A.J. Finn presents The Woman in the Window

March 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

The Library Society is beyond lucky to host A.J. Finn as he promotes his best-selling debut novel The Woman in the Window. Intricate, atmospheric, and utterly spellbinding, The Woman in the Window is one of the most eagerly anticipated literary debuts of the decade - a 'Rear Window' expertly and thrillingly re-imagined for our time, with comparisons being drawn to major publishing events like Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. The most widely acquired novel of all time prior to publication, The…

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Stephen Kurkjian

March 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $15

Critically-acclaimed author and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, Stephen Kurkjian, speaks about his recent art heist thriller, Master Thieves.  It is a case defined by superlatives - the largest art theft in history, carrying the world’s largest reward offer, longer on the FBI’s list of biggest unsolved art crimes than any other save one. Two men disguised as Boston Police officers trick their way into the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum after midnight, tie up the two night watchmen and make off with an estimated…

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: David Rawle

March 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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David Rawle is the retired founder and chairman of Rawle Murdy, a marketing/communications firm that served national and international clients under his leadership.  As a long-time friend and advisor to former Mayor Joe Riley, he was closely involved in numerous Charleston challenges and initiatives including Downtown Revitalization, Hurricane Hugo Relief, Base Closure, and the successful effort to remove the Confederate flag from atop the State House.  He was responsible for the positioning and marketing of Spoleto Festival USA, Kiawah Island, Daniel…

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Larrie D. Ferreiro

March 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us as we host Pulitzer Prize finalist, Larrie D. Ferreiro as he discusses his most recent book, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It. The remarkable untold story of how the American Revolution's success depended on substantial military assistance provided by France and Spain, and places the Revolution in the context of the global strategic interests of those nations in their fight against England. This event is free and open to the public. To…

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Charleston Library Society presents Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison

March 27, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$150 – $200

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Nan Morrison is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle…

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Charleston Library Society presents Music at the Library: Mostly Baroque- A Dramatic Evening

March 28, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$35

The Baroque period is making its return to the halls of the Library Society. Join us for this special performance featuring soloists Jessica Hull-Dambaugh, Volodymyr Vynytsky, Natalia Khoma, Yuriy Bekker and four others as they present music from the great classical masters of the Baroque period. Dramatic lighting, grandeur musical pieces, and a glass of wine or two will make this evening one not to miss. This evening concert has a specialty price of $35. To purchase tickets call 843-723-9912 or click…

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April 2018

Charleston Library Society presents Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison

April 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$150 – $200

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Nan Morrison is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle…

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Barbara Bellows Rockefeller: A Historian’s Account of Civil War Odysseys

April 5, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Barbara L. Bellows’ most recent book, Two Charlestonians at War: The Civil War Odysseys of a Lowcountry Aristocrat and a Black Abolitionist, has been described as “a Faulkernian saga of two South Carolina men” and also recommended by Dr. Walter Edgar as “required reading for anyone interested in the history of the American South.” In her talk, Bellows will discuss how she picked up the faint tracks of two native sons born one mile apart—one of the rice planter aristocracy, the…

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Charleston Library Society presents Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison

April 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$150 – $200

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Nan Morrison is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle…

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The Royal Oak Foundation: Dr. Madge Dresser

April 10, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$30 – $40

The British country house in all its opulence and refinement seems worlds away from the fetid horrors of a slave ship. However the trade in enslaved Africans and slave-produced goods fueled the wealth that funded the creation of many 17th-to-19th-century British stately homes. Slavery-related houses appear throughout the British Isles and are concentrated in the major slaving ports of London, Bristol and Liverpool. Historian and Professor Dr. Madge Dresser will show these houses and explore some of the stories behind their…

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Music at the Library: Chamber Music Finale

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Our friends from Chamber Music Charleston close out our Music at the Library season with: Ravels Valses Nobles et Sentimentales, Mozart/Hummels  Piano Concerto in C major, K. 503 arr., and Rotas Trio for Flute, Violin and Piano. The evening concert featuring flute, violin, cello, and piano will produce a finale worth the wait.

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Charleston Library Society presents Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison

April 17, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$150 – $200

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Nan Morrison is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle…

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Wide Angle Lunch Series Presents Dr. Kathleen Brady

April 24, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

In our opening lunchtime lecture, Dr. Kathleen Brady will describe the state of the opioid epidemic in South Carolina and the nation at large. New, state-of-the-art treatments for opioid dependence are available, and Dr. Brady will discuss efforts to make these treatments available throughout South Carolina. Cutting through the sensationalism of the news media to offer a truthful glimpse of the difficulties facing addicts and their families today, Dr. Brady’s insights are sure to be enlightening in this timely presentation. Dr. Brady…

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Charleston Library Society presents Lifelong Learning: Hamlet with Nan Morrison

April 24, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 24, 2018

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$150 – $200

The mysteries of Hamlet have intrigued playgoers for over 400 years and inspired innumerable adaptations in 70 languages. This class will consider those enigmas of reason and action, love and power by looking at one act of the five-act drama each successive Tuesday night for five weeks beginning March 27th, from 5:30pm until 7:00pm. Nan Morrison is a professor emeritus of English at the College of Charleston where she taught Shakespeare and Southern Literature, wrote articles in those areas, and held the Maybelle…

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Speaker Series: David N. Schwartz

April 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Dr. David N. Schwartz will discuss his recent biography, The Last Man Who Knew Everything- The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org In 1942, a team at the University of Chicago achieved what no one had before: a nuclear chain reaction. At the forefront of this breakthrough stood Enrico Fermi. Straddling the ages of classical physics and quantum mechanics, equally at…

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May 2018

Wide Angle Lunch Series Presents Sharon Richardson

May 1, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Birds have a peculiar power to connect us to each other, as well as to places and policy. Sharon Richardson, the Executive Director of South Carolina Audubon, will discuss Audubon’s original vision that today inspires restoration of habitat to create safe places for birds and people, now and into the future. South Carolina Audubon owns 22,000 acres across the state and helps identify firsthand how birds inspire people and bring wonder to all our lives. Executive Director of South Carolina Audubon,…

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Speaker Series: Cinelle Barnes

May 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Local author Cinelle Barnes will be joined in conversation with Jeanette Guinn, the Host of SC Public Radio(Arts Daily) to discuss her incredible memoir, Monsoon Mansion. To RSVP, please call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org Told with a lyrical, almost-dreamlike voice as intoxicating as the moonflowers and orchids that inhabit this world, Monsoon Mansion is a harrowing yet triumphant coming-of-age memoir exploring the dark, troubled waters of a family’s rise and fall from grace in the Philippines. It would take a young warrior to survive…

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Wide Angle Lunch Series Presents Armand Derfner

May 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Armand Derfner has been practicing civil rights law for over 54 years, and he is no stranger to America’s immigration issues. Born in France to Polish Jews who had already fled their homeland in Hitler’s early days, his family was forced to flee again as Nazis invaded France and the Vichy government proved incapable of protecting its more vulnerable citizens. This time, their adopted homeland would be United States, immigrating at a time when the Statue of Liberty’s welcome mat…

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Speaker Series: Heather Lyn Mann

May 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Join the Charleston Library Society and the Sophia Institute in experiencing one woman’s death-defying, life-affirming journey on the open ocean. Local author Heather Lyn Mann will share personal stories from Ocean of Insight: A Sailor’s Voyage from Despair to Hope. This event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org   Heather Lyn Mann was a battle-weary environmental advocate in Madison, Wisconsin, struggling over what to do about climate change when she and her husband decided to…

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Wide Angle Lunch Series Presents Femi Oyediran & Miles White

May 8, 2018 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

No matter where in the world you are, wine has a magical, mystical power to bring people together. Whether it’s showing up at a dinner party with a beautiful bottle of Cabernet, or sipping Chardonnay on the patio all summer long, wine is featured in so many of life’s finer moments. Femi Oyediran and Miles White are two young Charleston-based Sommeliers and the co-owners of Graft Wine Shop. Together, the two friends will share their personal stories and explain why…

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Speaker Series: Johanna Neuman

May 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Free

Join us as we welcome Johnna Neuman in conversation as she discusses her most recent book Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org. Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right To Vote, tells the fascinating story of more than two hundred New York social figures — Astors, Belmonts, Harrimans, Vanderbilts and their circle — who joined the women’s suffrage movement in the 1910s. Chronicled by a vibrant…

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A Conversation With Jon Meacham

May 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$30 – $40

NY Times Bestselling author Jon Meacham will visit The Charleston Library Society to discuss his latest book, The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels with former Time, Inc. Editor in Chief, John Huey. In this timely look at tumultuous periods when Presidents and ordinary citizens came together to defeat the forces of fear and hate, Meacham offers a fresh take on immigration in the United States and the critical times in our history when hope has overcome hatred. Our…

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Speaker Series: Dorothea Benton Frank

May 21, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$30 – $40

NY Times Bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank dishes the latest Lowcountry dirt on her newest novel, By Invitation Only, at the Charleston Library Society, and despite the title, this ticketed event is open to the public! By Invitation Only tells the tale of two families from two very different worlds: the affluence of a Chicago high society high-rise, and the working-class roots of a Johns Island peach farm. When a daughter of privilege plans to marry a Southern country boy, both families are…

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June 2018

Jazz for Jenkins with Tuffus Zimbabwe, Mayor Tecklenburg and Quentin Baxter

June 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$40

At 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, doors will open at the Charleston Library Society for a special program: a night of exhilarating jazz and riotous storytelling to benefit the Jenkins Institute for Children. Featuring Saturday Night Live pianist Tuffus Zimbabwe, the evening celebrates Charleston’s elaborate jazz history, specifically that of the Jenkins Orphanage Band. The band was founded in 1892, a year after the Jenkins Orphanage opened its doors on Franklin Street, by the Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins. Zimbabwe…

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July 2018

Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Jason Heller

July 26, 2018 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

On Thursday, July 26th, at 6:00 p.m., doors will open at the Charleston Library Society for a night of funkadelic, psychedelic music and literary discussion unlike anything seen before in the Lowcountry. Spearheaded by Hugo Award winning author and music journalist Jason Heller (The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and more) in support of his latest book, Strange Stars: David Bowie, Pop Music, and the Decade Sci-Fi Exploded, the night will feature music, conversation, and a specialty Strange Stars…

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October 2018

Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Adam Parker

October 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

Join Adam Parker and Cleveland Sellers, Jr. for the launch of Parker's biography on Sellers, Outside Agitator. Additional guests will discuss the history of the freedom movement, the seminal 1968 Orangeburg Massacre, and current challenges facing activists today. Parker's incisive biography details a proud black man who refuses to be defeated, and whose tumultuous life story exemplifies America's ongoing fight for civil rights. Tickets are $5 CLS members, $10 nonmembers. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click here. Patrons will also get the…

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Charleston Library Society presents Music at the Library Series: Bernstein’s Birthday Celebration

October 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

In partnership with Duke University, we invite you to celebrate the music of the American composer Leonard Bernstein to honor his 100th birthday. The Eclipse Ensemble made up of teachers from the Charleston Academy of Music will perform a collection of his most famous works. The ensemble will be joined by opera singer Stephanie Chevalier who will discuss the significance of Bernstein's legacy

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Charleston Library Society presents Halloween Harmony with The Charlestones

October 30, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

The Charlestones, a Charleston-based a capella group, will delight patrons with a evening of spooky renditions just in time for Halloween. The quartet has over 100 years of professional singing experience between them, and it will certainly be on display in this fun-filled concert. We invite any and all to come in costume to this family friendly concert, perfect for all ages!

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November 2018

Charleston Library Society presents V & K PLUS

November 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $30

Library Society favorites, Volodymyr Vynnytsky and Natalia Khoma return this season with an extraordinary talent, Zoya Rozhok. Rozhok is a brilliant singer, soloist in the National Opera of Ukraine, professor at the Tchaikovsky National Music Academy of Ukraine and winner of countless international competitions. Join the trio as the perform chamber music, arias, and more… $20 members, $30 guests.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Bloomsbury Muse

November 8, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

Regina Marler, editor of Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, and Sarah Milroy, curator of the recent Vanessa Bell exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery London, discuss the modernist painter, a pivotal figure in 20th century British art - as innovative as her sister Virginia Woolf - and Bloomsbury muse with Virginia Nicholson, Vanessa Bell's granddaughter.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents The Demise of Democracy

November 9, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

In the era of populism, Christopher Dickey, World News Editor of The Daily Beast, and David Hare, British playwright renowned for his state of the nation dramas, discuss the implications of the Trump regime in the US and Brexit in the UK as well as the resurgence of nationalism elsewhere.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Negroland

November 9, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

Margo Jefferson's memoir, Negroland, won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Autobiography. A deeply felt meditation on race, sex, class and American culture, it describes the contradictions of her comparatively privileged upbringing among Chicago's upper-class Black community. She is also the author of On Michael Jackson.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Circe

November 9, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

Madeline Miller's Circe - an uncompromising portrait of a super-heroine who wields divine power - makes Homer pertinent to the 21st century. The novel has garnered praise equal to her previous work of fiction based on Homer's epic poem, the Orange Prize winning The Song of Achilles. "Every bit as luminous and compelling as its predecessor." (The Guardian)

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Renaissance Muse

November 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

Ramie Targoff's biography of Vittoria Colonna is a timely study of the first published female Italian poet, a close friend of Michelangelo. With a novelist's flair she brings this remarkable and influential woman to life, while also dissecting an entire culture. Ramie Targoff is professor of English and co-chair of Italian Studies at Brandeis University.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power

November 10, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

In an illuminating exercise, Stephen Greenblatt, author of Will in the World, interrogates the Collected Works to construct a checklist of tyranny based on Shakespeare's plays. Can he demonstrate that the power dynamics in Shakespeare's dramas have contemporary resonance? Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard Professor of Humanities, is author of The Swerve and The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. Chaired by Geoffrey Harpham, former director of the National Humanities Center.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents History on Trial

November 11, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

In a history-making court case, historian Deborah Lipstadt and Penguin Books were sued for libel in an English court by David Irving for accusing him of Holocaust denial. Deborah Lipstadt won the trial and became the topic of the film, Denial, scripted by David Hare and starring Rachel Weisz. Deborah Lipstadt will discuss the contemporary relevance of the case.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents Unexampled Courage

November 11, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

United States District Judge Richard Gergel, renowned for presiding over some of the Lowcountry’s most contentious lawsuits, discusses his upcoming book Unexampled Courage about the pioneering civil rights decisions of Judge J.Waties Waring which challenged the segregation orthodoxy of the South.  Chaired by William Hubbard, past president of the American Bar Association.

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Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival presents The World Broke in Two

November 11, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25

Marking the 100th anniversary of the Armistice, American author Bill Goldstein and English author Alexandra Harris examine the impact and aftermath of World War 1 on a range of British and US writers including Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, D.H. Lawrence and T.S. Eliot. Was the war a watershed which heralded the birth of Modernism? Bill Goldstein is the author of The World Broke in Two; Alexandra Harris is the author of Romantic Moderns.

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Charleston Library Society presents A Special Evening with Joel Fan – Part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Odyssey

November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$35 – $45

Experience the exhilarating art of American pianist Joel Fan, who uses his talents to cross musical boundaries. During the last 2 seasons, Fan performed with the New York Philharmonic, Odessa Philharmonic, and Royal Stockholm Philharmonic in concerto performances of Rachmaninov, Beethoven, and Messiaen. He has collaborated with leading conductors and soloists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma in Beethoven's Triple Concerto. Don’t miss out on this very special guest appearance! Specialty prices - $35 members, $45 guests.

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Charleston Library Society presents Family Movie Night: Miracle on 34th Street

November 30, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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We will be screening the 1947 holiday classic, Miracle on 34th Street and light our annual Christmas “Book Tree” in the Main Reading Room. All ages are invited to enjoy this evening to start the holiday season. Watch the trailer here!

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December 2018

Charleston Mercury presents Shay McNeal

December 3, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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The Charleston Mercury presents author Shay McNeal as she speaks about her recent book, The Road to Trump. A country divided will fall into the abyss it creates. The Road to Trump chronicles the most pressing issues the United States faced over the last five years in an effort to illuminate the prevailing political landscape. Shay McNeal is a past political consultant, past president of an advertising and marketing firm as well as an executive in the fashion and retail business…

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Charleston Library Society presents Holiday Bazaar

December 4, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us for this unique holiday shopping experience. Our first ever Holiday Bazaar will showcase Charleston-based vendors to sell their wares to Library members and guests. Step into our Main Reading Room and be transported to a magical European marketplace where you can find one-of-a-kind gifts for everyone in your family. Sip a speciality cocktail and enjoy a tasty treat with your friends while grooving to holiday tunes as you browse hand-crafted goods and custom-made items in our one-stop holiday shop. Vendors…

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Charleston Library Society presents Music at the Library: CSO Holiday Strings

December 18, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $25

The holidays are a time to enjoy the classics mixed with the traditional. Join us as the Charleston Symphony Orchestra gets us in the spirit of the season. While the holiday tunes are being played patrons will enjoy the beautiful sights of our 10th Annual Christmas Book Tree. Tickets for this holiday spectacular are available for sale through the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and are $25 for adults & $10 for students. For tickets, call 843-723-7528 or click here

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January 2019

South Carolina Historical Society presents Music at the Library: Beatles, Bach & Beer

January 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25 – $35

UNED!TED is Back in the SCLS - Stacks of the Charleston Library Society Thursday, January 10 - 7pm ALL AGES This German composer would be rolling over with glee if he could hear how we have mashed up Baroque Preludes and Rockin' Fugues. We've got two Johns, a Hazel and a Laura to bring all of your Beatles and Bach musical combinations to life!

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February 2019

Charleston Library Society presents BJ Barham

February 7, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$20 – $25

The Library Society is excited to partner with Murias Entertainment to host American Aquarium frontman, BJ Barham for his acoustic solo tour throughout the South. Come enjoy an evening of stories and songs by this talented singer-songwriter. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 day-of.

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Charleston Library Society presents Love & Death

February 14, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25 – $35

Small Opera will present a portion of their Love & Death program this Valentine’s Day at the Charleston Library Society.  What better way to celebrate the holiday than with classic pieces from performances including highlights from Bizet's Carmen and Puccini's La Boheme.  

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Charleston Library Society presents Best Friends, Whether We Like It or Not: US-Canada Relations and Interactions 1760-present

February 20, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$25 – $35

This Lifelong Learning class will cover the history of the relationship between the US (or its precursor colonies) and Canada (or its colonial precursor) from the fall of Quebec near the end of the French and Indian War to the present. The impact of each on the other, in terms of flow of people, of trade, of conflict or cooperation, and of cultural interaction will be covered.

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Charleston Library Society presents Bachanalia

February 21, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $25

Join The Bach Society of Charleston as they celebrate Bach. This evening of music and romance begins with a concert of Baroque chamber music for harpsichord, violin, and voice followed by a talk offering glimpses into the personal life of Bach. Our speaker is Pulitzer Prize-finalist, scholar Christoph Wolff, author of the New York Times best-selling biography, Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician. The program concludes with a book signing and reception featuring European wines, cheeses, and confections. Tickets are…

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Charleston Library Society presents Eliza Griswold

February 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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We are thrilled to host award winning talent, Eliza Griswold as she speaks about her New York Times Notable Book of 2018, as well as Seattle Times and Washington Post best book of 2018, Amity and Prosperity. In Amity and Prosperity, the prizewinning poet and journalist Eliza Griswold tells the story of the energy boom’s impact on a small town at the edge of Appalachia and one woman’s transformation from a struggling single parent to an unlikely activist. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or…

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March 2019

Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Sally Mott Freeman

March 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join us to hear Sally Mott Freeman discuss her critically acclaimed book, The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Family’s Quest to Bring Him Home. Boasting a rave review from The New York Times, The Jersey Brothers tells the real-life survival tale of a trio of Navy brothers at the epicenter of World War II.   To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: John Warley

March 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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Join Evening Post Books and CLS as we the celebrate John Warley and his most recent book, The Home Guard. About the Book: In 1861, a 12-year-old boy and his 80-year-old grandmother flee their elegant home along the Beaufort River to shelter in the wilderness of Cane Island, South Carolina. They struggle to survive as the Civil War lays waste to the existence they’ve known and loved, a way of life doomed from its unholy inception. Carter’s mother Anna has…

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April 2019

Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Lydia Fitzpatrick

April 28, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

The debut author, Lydia Fitzpatrick, will discuss her upcoming book Lights All Night Long, a gripping and deftly plotted narrative of family and belonging. Fifteen-year-old Ilya arrives in Louisiana from his native Russia for what should be the adventure of his life: a year in America as an exchange student. The abundance of his new world the Super Walmarts and heated pools and enormous televisions is as hard to fathom as the relentless cheerfulness of his host parents. And Sadie, their…

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Lydia Fenet

April 30, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$35 – $40

Lydia Fenet will return to CLS to discuss her new book, The Most Powerful Woman In The Room Is You, and we are fortunate to have her provide a taste of her exceptional auctioneering skills to kick off the evening! In The Most Powerful Woman in the Room Is You, Lydia Fenet takes you on her twenty-year journey from intern to managing director and global head of strategic partnerships at Christies Auction House. Lydia shares the revolutionary sales approach she has…

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May 2019

Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Delia Owens

May 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$5 – $10

Join CLS & Buxton Books as we welcome bestselling author Delia Owens as she speaks about her hit novel Where The Crawdads Sing. Owens will be introduced by bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe for this lecture event. For years, rumors of the Marsh Girl have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not…

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Charleston Library Society presents Speaker Series: Matt and Ted Lee

May 7, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$35 – $40

Join CLS as we host culinary geniuses, who just happen to be brothers, Matt and Ted Lee as they discuss their new book Hotbox. They will delight audiences with stories and tales of their "undercover" work in the cut-throat world of high-end catering during their conversation with Pappy Van Winkle's Julian P. Van Winkle III. Tickets for this unique event are $35 for members and $40 for nonmembers. Every ticket includes a copy of the Lee Bros. book, Hotbox.

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November 2019

Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival

November 7, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - November 10, 2019 @ 6:00 pm UTC+0
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
$25 – $300

Headlined by Joyce Carol Oates, author of 58 novels and winner of numerous writing awards, the three-day Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival celebrates the written word and the Holy City’s connection with a British literary locale. The third annual event offers a diverse lineup of established authors as well as up-and-coming writers making considerable impacts in the literary universe. Launched in 2017 as a collaboration by Charleston Library Society and The Charleston Trust in England, Charleston to Charleston provides unrivaled…

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December 2019

Charleston Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Strings

December 6, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $40.00

The Charleston Symphony’s most intimate celebration of the season returns! Join us for the most beautiful holiday music performed in the most beautiful of settings. Nothing says “Christmas in Charleston” like Holiday Strings at the Library Society. An annual tradition of Holiday works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, and others.

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Charleston Symphony Orchestra – Holiday Strings

December 7, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+0
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One event on December 7, 2019 at 7:30 pm

Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$10 – $40.00

The Charleston Symphony’s most intimate celebration of the season returns! Join us for the most beautiful holiday music performed in the most beautiful of settings. Nothing says “Christmas in Charleston” like Holiday Strings at the Library Society. An annual tradition of Holiday works by Tchaikovsky, Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli, and others.

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February 2020

Charleston Academy of Music Benefit Concert Gala

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
Charleston Library Society, 164 King Street
Charleston, 29424 United States
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$75

Join the Charleston Academy of Music for their Benefit Concert Gala that will take place on Sunday, February 23, 5-7 pm at the Charleston Library Society Hall downtown Charleston. You will be in for a treat at this elegant Venetian Carnival Musical Soiree with festive atmosphere, captivating student performances, food and wine reception, the entertaining company of MC Larry Barnfield of Piccolo Spoleto Rising Stars concert series, and the silent auction which includes composer inspired masks designed by student contest winners. All proceeds go to…

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