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Author Luncheon with Patricia Altschul, The Art of Southern Charm, RESCHEDULED Thurs., May 18, 12 pm

NOTE: This event has been rescheduled for Thurs., May 18, 12 pm.

Join us Thurs., May 18, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Patricia Altschul explains The Art of Southern Charm (Diversion, hb., 240 pp., $27). Tickets are $57 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $88 for two tickets with one book.

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From the primetime show Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul finally brings fans her eagerly anticipated opus on etiquette and living a glamorous Southern lifestyle. Patricia provides advice on every situation, from hosting a memorable cocktail party, to decoding the dress code for any event, to handling a drunken boor at the dinner table, to delivering the perfectly phrased insult―like her now iconic “shameless strumpet.” The Art of Southern Charm takes readers inside the world of Charleston’s most captivating grande dame, who (with Michael the Butler) offers a blueblood’s blueprint for curating and celebrating life at its best.

Patricia Altschul has been featured in publications including Vogue, Town & Country, People, and Architectural DigestWise, cultivated, elegant, and funny, Patricia is a consummate hostess and a lifestyle icon whose unique combination of class and sass has endeared her to fans of all ages.

New Book Release Readings by College of Charleston Professors Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo, Thur., May 4, 5:30 pm


Join us Thurs., May 4, 5:30 pm as local authors, and College of Charleston professors, Lindsey Drager and Anthony Varallo will give readings from their new books.

Lindsey Drager is the author of The Sorrow Proper (Dzanc, 2015), winner of the 2016 Binghamton University / John Gardner Fiction Award. Originally from Michigan, she is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the College of Charleston, where she teaches in the MFA program in fiction. Her work has been published in prominent venues including Web Conjunctions, Gulf Coast, West Branch Wired, Black Warrior Review, Cream City Review, Quarterly West, and Kenyon Review Online.

Her new novel, The Lost Daughter Collective (Dzanc, pb., 176 pp., $16), is a gothic fairy tale fusing the fabulism of Donald Barthelme and Ben Marcus with the language play of Rikki Ducornet and Jenny Offill.

Anthony Varallo is the author of three previous short-story collections: This Day in History (University of Iowa Press), winner of the John Simmons Short Fiction Award and Finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize; Out Loud (University of Pittsburgh Press), winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize; and Think of Me and I’ll Know (TriQuarterly Books).

His latest, Everyone Was There (Elixir Press, pb., 164 pp., $19), will be released in May.

Anthony has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature, and his stories have appeared in over seventy literary magazines and journals. He joined the Department of English at the College of Charleston in 2005 and serves as Fiction Editor of Crazyhorse.


Author Luncheon with Mary Kay Andrews, Fri., May 5, 12 pm EVENT CANCELLED

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Join us Fri., May 5, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Mary Kay Andrews discusses The Beach House Cookbook (St. Martin’s, hb., 272 pp., $30). Tickets are $61 for the three-course luncheon, including a signed copy of the book, 0r $92 for two tickets with one book.

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You don’t have to own a beach house to enjoy Mary Kay Andrews’ recipes. All you need is an appetite for delicious, casual dishes, cooked with the best fresh, local ingredients and presented with the breezy flair that make Mary Kay Andrews novels a summertime favorite at the beach.

From an early spring dinner of cherry balsamic-glazed pork medallions and bacon-kissed Brussels sprouts to Fourth of July buttermilk-brined fried chicken, potato salad, and pudding parfaits to her New Year’s Day Open House menu of roast oysters, home-cured gravlax, grits ‘n’ greens casserole, and lemon-cream cheese pound cake, this cookbook will supply ideas for menus and recipes designed to put you in a permanently carefree, coastal state of mind all year long.

Mary Kay Andrews is The New York Times bestselling author of The Weekenders, Beach Town, Save the Date, Ladies’ Night, Christmas Bliss, Spring Fever, Summer Rental, The Fixer Upper, Deep Dish, Blue Christmas, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies, and Savannah Blues. A former journalist for The Atlanta Journal Constitution, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia.

Living Life on Purpose with Katie Ashley, Wed., April 19, 5 pm

Join us Wed., April 19, 5:00 pm as Katie Ashley discusses and signs copies of her book Living Life on Purpose.

Anyone looking to create a future that is not defined by their past will find refuge in this book. Living Life on Purpose proves how far people can progress in one lifetime when they rebel against fate and follow their heart to find a spiritual purpose. Katie provides a roadmap for readers to engage with one of life’s most important questions: How can I feel happy no matter my experience? Katie shows you how to work through your biggest challenges to be the one guiding your soul’s ship. When you finish reading, you’ll realize you had the power to actualize your life all along. You just needed the tools to see more clearly.

Katie Ashley is a mentor, yoga teacher, positive body image activist and the author of Living Life On Purpose – a collection of essays, stories, and timeless teachings from a modern perspective. She lives and teaches in Charleston, and serves students worldwide via her mentoring practice, workshops and upcoming retreats.

Author Luncheon with Kristy Woodson Harvey, Slightly South of Simple, Sat., April 29, 12 pm

Join us Sat., April 29, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Kristy Woodson Harvey discusses her new novel Slightly South of Simple (Gallery Books, pb., 400 pp., $16). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.

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About the book: Caroline Murphy swore she’d never set foot back in the small Southern town of Peachtree Bluff; she was a New York girl born and bred and the worst day of her life was when, in the wake of her father’s death, her mother selfishly forced her to move—during her senior year of high school, no less—back to that hick-infested rat trap where she’d spent her childhood summers. But now that her marriage to a New York high society heir has fallen apart in a very public, very embarrassing fashion, a pregnant Caroline decides to escape the gossipmongers with her nine-year-old daughter and head home. Exploring the powerful bonds between sisters and mothers and daughters, this engaging novel is filled with Southern charm, emotional drama, and plenty of heart.

About the author: Kristy Woodson Harvey is a born-and-bred North Carolina girl who loves all four seasons—especially fall in Chapel Hill, where she attended college, and summer in Beaufort, where she and her family spend every free moment. The author of Dear Carolina and Lies and Other Acts of Love, Kristy is also the founder of the popular interior design blog Design Chic.

Michel Stone at the Charleston Museum, Thur., Apr. 20, 6 pm

Join us at the Charleston Museum (360 Meeting Street), Thur., April 20, 6 pm, as South Carolina native Michel Stone discusses her newest novel Border Child (Nan A. Talese, hb., 272 pp., $27).

About the book: For Héctor and Lilia, pursuit of the American Dream became every parent’s worst fear when they were separated from their infant daughter as they crossed from Mexico to the United States. Now they must try to get her back. Border Child drops readers into the whirlwind of the contemporary immigrant experience, where a marriage is strained to the breaking point by the consequences of wanting more for the next generation. With great empathy and a keen awareness of current events, Michel Stone delivers a novel of surpassing sensitivity and heart.

About the author: Michel Stone has previously published a novel called The Iguana Tree, as well as more than a dozen stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She is a 2011 recipient of the South Carolina Fiction Project Award. She is a graduate of Clemson University with a Master’s Degree from Converse College, and she is an alumna of the Sewanee Writers Conference. Raised on Johns Island, Michel now lives in Spartanburg.

Author Luncheon with Paul Starobin, Madness Rules the Hour, Fri., April 21, 12 pm

Join us Fri., April 21, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Paul Starobin discusses his new book Madness Rules the Hours (Public Affairs, hb., 296 pp., $27). Tickets are $31 for the three-course luncheon and talk, or $47 with a signed copy of the book.

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In Madness Rules the Hour, Paul Starobin tells the story of how Charleston succumbed to a fever for war. He examines the wily propagandists, the ambitious politicians, the gentlemen merchants and their wives and daughters, the compliant pastors, and the white workingmen who waged a violent and exuberant revolution in the name of slavery and Southern independence. They devoured the Mercury, the incendiary newspaper run by a fanatical father and son; made holy the deceased John C. Calhoun; and adopted “Le Marseillaise” as a rebellious anthem. A portrait of a culture in crisis, Madness Rules the Hour is an insightful investigation into the folly that fractured the Union and started the Civil War.

Paul Starobin has been a frequent contributor to The Atlantic and The New Republic. He was Moscow bureau chief for Business Week from 1999 to 2003 and has also written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and National Geographic. He is the author of After America: Narratives for the Next Global Age.
Starobin has reported from Russia, India, Central Asia, the Caucasus, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Previous positions include staff correspondent for National Journalreporter for Congressional Quarterly in Washington, business reporter for The Lowell Sun in Massachusetts, and public-policy case writer for the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

He grew up in Worcester, Mass. and graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. in 1979. Starobin received a Masters of Science degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 1981. He was an international journalism fellow for the Knight Foundation journalism program in 1998. He lives with his wife and two children in Massachusetts.

Monsters in Charleston with Timothy Banks, Sat., April 22, 11 am


Join us Sat., April 22, 11 am as local artist Timothy Banks will read from his illustrated children’s book Monsters in Charleston. 

About the Book: Be afraid, be very afraid… not to own a copy of the most frightening event in Charleston since Hurricane Matthew. For the first time in a single edition, twelve of the Lowcountry’s most reviled creatures can be found squished together in ghoulishly vivid color. Tour the old town through monstrous new eyes as these (sometimes slimy) visitors stomp, slide and rip their way through famous sites such as: the Battery, Folly Beach, and a swamp!

About the Author: Timothy has made designs for Nike, Paste Magazine, Egmont, Faber & Faber, and Nickelodeon. He has illustrated dozens of children’s books, and most recently reimagined the Wizard of Oz story for a new generation of young readers. In 2014, his work was chosen as the official poster for the Piccolo Spoleto Festival here in Charleston, one of the largest, comprehensive arts festivals in the US.

Timothy lives in Charleston, along with his wife, three wonderful daughters, and one crazy pug. They enjoy playing in their backyard, and watching alligators swim by their house.

The Takedown Book Launch with Corrie Wang — Tues., April 11, 6 pm at Edmund’s Oast


The party of the spring might just be Tues., April 11, 6 pm at Edmund’s Oast (1081 Morrison Dr.), celebrating the release of Corrie Wang‘s debut young adult novel The Takedown (Freeform, hb., 384 pp., $18). There’ll be fun book swag, complimentary snacks by Corrie and Shuai Wang’s food truck Short Grain, and a “Takedown” signature cocktail by Edmund’s Oast.

Can’t make it? Order a signed copy here.

About The Takedown: Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.

A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla having sex with her handsome young English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, and only Kyla knows that’s it’s a fake. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint.

About the Author: Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, road trips, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side. She currently lives in Charleston, where she and her husband Shuai Wang own and operate Short Grain food truck — named one of Bon Appetit magazine’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants 2016 and currently nominated for a James Beard Award. The Takedown is Corrie’s debut novel. You can find her online at

YALLFest Friends Margaret Stohl and Gwenda Bond, Sat., April 8, 5:30 pm

Join us Sat., April 8, 5 pm when our YALLFest friends Margaret Stohl and Gwenda Bond will be stopping by to talk and sign copies of their books. Margaret’s newest novel, Royce Rolls (Free Form, hb., 400 pp., $18), is set to be released this Tuesday.

Sixteen-year-old Bentley Royce seems to have it all: an actual Bentley, tuition to a fancy private school, lavish vacations, and everything else that comes along with being an LA starlet. But after five seasons on her family’s reality show, Rolling with the Royces, and a lifetime of dealing with her narcissistic sister, Porsche, media-obsessed mother, Mercedes, and somewhat clueless brother, Maybach, Bentley wants out. Luckily for her, cancellation is looming and freedom is nigh. With their lifestyle on the brink, however, Bentley’s family starts to crumble, and one thing becomes startlingly clear–without the show, there is no family. And since Bentley loves her family, she has to do the unthinkable–save the show.
Told in a tongue-in-cheek voice that takes a swipe at all things Hollywood, Royce Rolls is a laugh-out-loud funny romp with an LA noir twist about what it means to grow up with the cameras rolling and what really happens behind the scenes.

Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times best-selling co-author of the Beautiful Creatures series. She is also the author of the instant best-seller Black Widow: Forever Red, and its sequel Black Widow: Red Vengeance. Growing up in the shadow of Hollywood, Margaret spent her adolescence crank-calling Harrison Ford, and waving to Starline Tours buses as they stopped to take pictures of her P.E. class at Mulholland Hall, where she first met Bentley Royce.

Gwenda Bond writes YA and children’s fiction. Her novels include the Lois Lane series (Fallout, Double Down), which bring the iconic comic book character front and center in her own YA novels, and the Cirque American series (Girl on a Wire, Girl Over Paris, Girl in the Shadows), about daredevil heroines who discover magic and mystery lurking under the big top. She and her husband author Christopher Rowe will launch a middle grade series, the Supernormal Sleuthing Service, in 2017, and Lois Lane: Triple Threat will be released.