Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

Author Luncheon with Arthur Ravenel, Jr., Pastor Stat, Fri., Sept. 15, 12 pm

Join us Fri., Sept. 15, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Arthur Ravenel, Jr. discusses his novel Pastor Stat (Evening Post Books, hb., 240 pp., $29). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $60 including a signed copy of the book.

Get tickets here.

About the book: A sermon to preach, a blockade to breach and an unlikely crew to get him there. 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.

About the author: Arthur Ravenel, Jr. was born in Charleston, S.C. in 1927. Raised in St. Andrews Parish, he attended schools there and then the College of Charleston on the GI bill after service in the Marine Corps. Graduating in 1950, he worked for WestVaco before starting a home improvement firm which led him into real estate, construction and agriculture.

Always interested in politics, he has served 32 years as an elected official including both houses of the S.C. General Assembly, the U.S. Congress and a term on the Charleston County School Board which, he claims, was his toughest job.

For many years, he has been active in the revitalization of the Huguenot Church. He wrote Pastor Stat in 1982 for his own amusement but never pursued its publication until now.

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