Historic essays collected in new book

During the Reconstruction period in South Carolina, one privileged white observer wrote a series of essays about the brutal violence and rampant political corruption that was published in the New York Tribune and Atlantic Monthly.

Now those essays are collected for the first time in a new book called “When South Carolina Was an Armed Camp: The Reconstruction Essays of Belton O’Neall Townsend,” edited with an introduction by John Hammond Moore and published by Charleston-based Home House Press.

In addition to the essays, the book includes Townsend’s long poem, “Wild With All Regret: A Tale of Reconstruction.”

The book, $25, is available at www.homehousepress.org, or by emailing homehousepress@gmail.com.

New title tells of Charleston cemeteries

Mount Pleasant-based Arcadia Publishing has published it’s latest title, “Charleston’s Historic Cemeteries” by Frank Karpiel with a foreword by Harlan Greene.

The numerous historic cemeteries in the area tell of the 1600s and 1700s when a harsh environment, disease and primitive medical practices took a toll on rich and poor alike.

The book is available for $21.99 at area bookstores and online book sellers, as well as from Arcadia Publishing, www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.

A book signing is set for 4-6 p.m. Sept. 13 at The Wine Shop of Charleston, 3 Lockwood Drive.

Hollywood son pens tell-all memoir

Shaytee Gadson, a native of Hollywood, S.C., has published a memoir called “Hallelujah in Hollywood: A True Hollywood Story.”

The book recounts Gadson’s turbulent childhood, difficult college years, battles with addiction and challenges as a single father.

“Hallelujah in Hollywood,” self-published, is $21.99 and available as a paperback or ebook from Amazon.com.