LILA Presents Newly Published Works from Charleston-Based Authors
What do an Irish Bishop from Charleston who undertook a secret Civil War mission to the Vatican, a daughter whose wing man on the Natchez Trace was her 80-year-old father, and a compilation of the best literary reviews in the Lowcountry have in common?
They are all the true-story subjects of newly published books by Charleston-based authors who will gather March 17 for a reading, signing and reception at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
If you’re a LILA member and would like to read a 3-minute excerpt from your published or unpublished nonfiction work, you’re invited to the “open mic” reading following these authors. Bring a few pages and share your words with a supportive group of fellow readers and writers.
Andra Watkins: Not Without My Father
Andra Watkins lives in Charleston, South Carolina. A non-practicing CPA with an accounting degree from Francis Marion University, she’s still mad at her mother for refusing to let her major in musical theater, because her mom was convinced she’d end up starring in porn films. In addition to her writing talent, Andra is an accomplished public speaker. Her acclaimed first novel To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis was published by Word Hermit Press in 2014.
Bill Thompson: Art and Craft
Bill Thompson was a book review editor, film critic and columnist, arts writer, and travel writer for the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1980 to 2012. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former sportswriter in Virginia and Florida, he has won numerous awards for his writing. In his semi-retirement Thompson frequently writes for Kirkus Reviews, the Post and Courier, and Charleston Style and Design. He lives in Charleston.
Stephen White: Patrick Neison Lynch—Third Catholic Bishop of Charleston
Stephen White is an historian, teacher, and museum director. A native of Charleston and product of Cathedral Grammar School and Bishop England High School, Stephen received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and philosophy from the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill. He earned a Masters in America from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. He has taught history at the high school level as well as at Virginia, the College of Charleston, the Citadel and several other institutions of higher learning. He earned a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Charleston/University of South Carolina joint program. He has served as the historian and now as executive director of the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Charleston. He is the founder and director of the Charleston Historical Society.
Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA)
Mary Ann Henry