Jeff Shaara, author of a series of Civil War novels, will be in Charleston for a reading and signing in connection with the June 3 release of his latest title, "The Smoke at Dawn."

The event is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the West Ashley Barnes & Noble, 1812 Sam Rittenberg Blvd.

"The Smoke at Dawn," which treats the western front of the war, follows on the heels of "A Blaze of Glory" and "A Chain of Thunder," both of which hit the Top 10 on the New York Times best-seller list.