Event to mark release of 'Whiskey Baron'

College of Charleston graduate Jon Sealy's first novel, "The Whiskey Baron," published by Spartanburg-based Hub City Press, is a literary thriller about family ties, bad choices and the folly of power and limitations of the law.

The novel is receiving good early reviews (Ron Rash called Sealy "a significant new voice in Southern fiction") and the author, a protege of novelist and College of Charleston creative writing professor Bret Lott, is hitting the road for a book tour that will bring him to Charleston for an official release event on March 25.

The event, a reading and book signing, is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Hall, at Randolph Hall, on the campus of the College. It is free and open to the public.

Sealy's stories have been published in numerous literary journals and magazines, including The South Carolina Review, The Normal School, PANK and The Sun.

A native of Upstate South Carolina, Sealy has a bachelor's degree in English from the College of Charleston and an MFA in fiction writing from Purdue University. He is a freelance writer in Richmond, Va., where he writes regularly for the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

"The Whiskey Baron," a $26 hardcover, will be on bookstore shelves and available for sale from online retailers April 1.

Local writer pens ebook comedy

Lowcountry author Asa Ingram's debut novel, "Tallyho in the Squat," a Southern comedy set in South Carolina and Kentucky, is now available for sale.

The comedy tells the story of Bill Gulledge who must resort to rabbit smuggling after college. An easygoing life gets complicated when Gulledge gets involved with the rabbit supplier's daughter.

Misadventures and love show Gulledge that what he really wants is much simpler than he thought. "Tallyho in the Squat" is available from Amazon.com as a $2.99 Kindle ebook.