The Lowcountry Initiative for the Literary Arts (LILA) has organized a special reading by Allegra Jordan, author of “The End of Innocence,” 7-9 p.m. May 12 at Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. Admission is a suggested donation of $5. Where Writers Win will provide refreshments.

Jordan’s novel explores the bittersweet consequences when love and war intersect. The inspiration for the novel was a divisive World War I memorial plaque at a Harvard University church that commemorated the schools’ German students who fought in that war.

Jordan is the immediate past president of the Southern Documentary Fund that has produced more than 100 documentaries, including the PBS show “A Chef’s Life.” She is a committee member for the United Nations’ Women for Peace Association march to raise awareness about gender violence.

John Lane, author of “Fate Moreland’s Widow,” will sign copies of his novel 5-7 p.m. May 27 at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King St.

Lane, professor of English and director of the Goodall Environmental Studies Center at Wofford College in Spartanburg, is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose.

His “Abandoned Quarry: New and Selected Poems” won the 2012 Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance Book Award for Poetry. He is a 2014 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

“Fate Moreland’s Widow” is Lane’s first novel, inspired by historical events and set in a rural South on the cusp of modernity.

Adam Parker