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    One Book, One Columbia

    One Book, One Columbia is an annual event encouraging residents of the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands to read the same book at the same time, and to share their passion for reading with their friends and neighbors. Every February, this initiative brings together readers from all over the Columbia area in an attempt to promote literacy and its importance to our community. Make sure to check out the One Book, One Columbia Facebook page for the latest updates.


    2014 One Book, One Columbia

    Selection: Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life

    Bestselling author Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life has been selected as the 2014 One Book, One Columbia title for the month-long, city-wide reading initiative that kicks off in February 2014.

    My Reading Life acknowledges how books have shaped Conroy’s life, and celebrates the profound effect that books and reading have had on his journey through an array of anecdotes interlaced with personal stories, wisdom and undeniable honesty.

    Events will highlight various themes from Conroy’s works through programming with notable figures from the Midlands, discussions about Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, a special film screening of The Great Santini, and will culminate with a live author event with Pat Conroy at the Township Auditorium.

    To participate, residents can pick up a copy of My Reading Life at any Richland Library location or download a copy. The book can also be purchased from a number of participating Columbia-area bookstores.


    OBOC: Our Reading Lives

    Notable figures share the remarkable pieces of writing that shaped their futures. For Adults
    6:30 p.m., Thursday, February 6


    OBOC: Getting the Boots Off – PTSD and The Great Santini

    The struggles of the Meechams in The Great Santini are familiar to many current and former military families. Counselor Jennifer Miller, whose own experiences in Iraq left her suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, will speak frankly about the difficulties facing those with PTSD and their families. For adults.

    6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 12


    OBOC: Jasper Nightstand Book Club

    The official book club of Jasper magazine will meet to discuss My Reading Life in the Auditorium. All adults are welcome.
    6:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18


    OBOC: The Great Santini at the Nick

    The Nickelodeon will show the 1979 film adaptation starring Robert Duvall. Regular admission prices will apply.
    5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 19
    The Nickelodeon


    OBOC: Pat Conroy as Student and Teacher

    William B. Thesing, coeditor of The Way We Read James Dickey, will introduce a video in which Conroy discusses the lasting influence of James Dickey’s teaching and writing. Novelist Janna McMahan will moderate a panel discussion featuring Conroy’s Beaufort High School classmate, historian Alexia Helsley, and two of his former students, chef Sallie Ann Robinson and novelist Valerie Sayers. Seating is limited. Acceptances only by 2/21/14 to (803) 576-6016 or libdev@mailbox.sc.edu.
    5:00pm, Tuesday, February 25
    Hollings Library Program Room
    1322 Greene Street, Columbia, S.C. 29208

    OBOC: Live with Pat Conroy

    Author talk and book signing with the author of The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides and this year’s One Book, One Columbia selection, My Reading Life. Moderated by notable South Carolina historian Walter Edgar. For adults. This event will take place at Township Auditorium, 1703 Taylor Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Tickets are free and available at all Richland Library locations, the One Columbia office (1219 Taylor St.), the Columbia Museum of Art and the Township Box Office. 
    7 p.m., Thursday, February 27


    2014 Sponsors

    One Book, One Columbia sponsors for 2014 include the City of ColumbiaRichland Library, Jasper Magazine, the University of South Carolina Press, One Columbia for Arts and History, the Township Foundation, the Humanities CouncilSC, the University of South Carolina Institute for Southern Studies and the University of South Carolina Department of Libraries.


    Previous One Book, One Columbia Selections

    2013: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
    2012: Saints at the River by Ron Rash
    2011: Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years by Sarah L. Delany





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