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One Book, One Community

One Book, One Community 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 Community Facebook page for the latest updates.

 

2016 One Book, One Community

 

 

 

 

Selection: The Stone Necklace by Carla Damron

Author Carla Damron’s The Stone Necklace has been selected as the 2016 One Book, One Community title for the month-long, city-wide reading initiative that kicks off in February 2016.

Set against the backdrop of contemporary Columbia, South Carolina, The Stone Necklace braids together the stories of a grieving widow, a struggling nurse, a young mother, and a homeless madman, reminding us of the empowering and surprising ways in which our lives touch one another and through which, together, we recover from even the greatest of losses. Bestselling and award-winning author Mary Alice Monroe praises The Stone Necklace as “a celebration of the transformative power of shared experiences and of the connections that bind us.” 

 

To participate, pick up copy from Richland Library starting January 26 or download a copy starting on February 2.  In addition, The Stone Necklace will be serialized in The State newspaper starting January 24.   

 

Then, plan to attend the many One Book, One Community events!

Feb 2, Tuesday, 7:00–8:00 p.m. Irmo Branch Library, Lexington Co Public Library (6251 Saint Andrews Rd, Columbia): 2016 One Book, One Community author Carla Damron will discuss her novel, The Stone Necklace, set in contemporary Columbia and published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint at USC Press. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 4, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main St, Columbia): Photography Exhibition Event Page

Feb 5, Friday, 5:30–7:00 p.m. Gallery West (134 State St, West Columbia): Book signing with novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 9, Tuesday, 6:00–7:30 p.m. Hollings Program Room, University of South Carolina Thomas Cooper Library: An Evening with Story River Books—One Book, One Community novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, will be joined by her fellow Story River Books writers, all with USC connections, Ellen Malphrus (Untying the Moon), Eric Morris (Jacob Jump), and John Mark Sibley-Jones (By the Red Glare). Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 11, Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Tapp’s Arts Center (1644 Main St, Columbia): Vicky Saye Henderson—actress, educator, and narrator for the audiobook edition of The Stone Necklace—will lead an empathy-themed improv workshop drawn from the characters, scenes, and themes of the One Book, One Community selection. Event Page

Feb 12, Friday, Noon-2:00 p.m. Uptown Gifts (1204 Main St., Columbia): Book signing with novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 13, Saturday, 2:00–4:00 p.m. Books on Broad (944 Broad St, Camden): 2016 One Book, One Community novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, and her fellow Story River Books writer Eric Morris, author of Jacob Jump, will give a reading from their new novels. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 16, Tuesday, 6:30–8:00 p.m. Barnes & Noble Midtown at Forest Acres (3400 Forest Dr, Columbia): Book signing with novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Event Page

Feb 21, Sunday, Time TBD: Deckle Edge Literary Festival closing event: One Book, One Community author Carla Damron and audiobook narrator Vicky Saye Henderson will discuss The Stone Necklace, moderated by novelist Ashley Warlick. Free and open to the public. 

Feb 23, Tuesday, 6:00–7:00 p.m. Cayce-West Columbia Branch Library, Lexington Co Public Library (1500 Augusta Rd): 2016 One Book, One Community author Carla Damron will discuss her novel, The Stone Necklace, set in contemporary Columbia and published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint at USC Press. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 27: Saturday, Noon-2:00 p.m., Books-a-Million, Village at Sandhill (164 Forum Dr, Columbia), Book signing with novelist Carla Damron, author of The Stone Necklace, the 2016 One Book, One Community selection. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Feb 28, Sunday, 2:00–5:00 p.m. Gallery West (134 State St, West Columbia): Artist Mana Hewitt will lead a jewelry-making class inspired by the 2016 One Book, One Community selection The Stone Necklace. Learn how to wrap a Brazilian Tumbled Polished Natural with wire to create a unique pendant. All materials for the project are included in the fee. Tools will be provided for the class. Each student will leave with a completed pendant and chain. Author Carla Damron will discuss the importance of the necklace to her novel and will be available to sign books. This is ticketed event is limited to 8 participants; details at 803-207-9265. Event Page

Mar 2, Wednesday, Noon–1:00 p.m. South Carolina Center for the Book at the South Carolina State Library (1500 Senate St, Columbia): 2016 One Book, One Community author Carla Damron and audiobook narrator Vicky Saye Henderson will discuss The Stone Necklace: A Novel. Free and open to the public. Event Page

Mar 3, Thursday, 6:30 p.m., Richland Library Main, Film & Sound Dept. (1431 Assembly St): 2016 One Book, One Community author Carla Damron will discuss The Stone Necklace: A Novel. Free and open to the public. Event Page

 

Previous One Book, One Community Selections

2015: On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
2014: My Reading Life by Pat Conroy
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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