“We Are Charleston,” a new book about last year’s Emanuel AME Church shooting, will be released June 14 by the W Publishing Group, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.
The book is written by local writer Herb Frazier; Bernard Powers, professor of history at the College of Charleston; and South Carolina Poet Laureate Majory Wentworth. “We Are Charleston” is based on interviews with family and friends of “The Emanuel Nine,” the church members who lost their lives on June 17, 2015.
Additionally, the book details the 230-year history of the AME Church, the largest body of African-American Methodists with 7.5 million members worldwide, and its role in America’s social justice story from slavery to the civil rights movement. The book also will discuss the importance of Mother Emanuel, the oldest AME church in the Deep South.
Violinist Siow Lee Chin, a teacher at the College of Charleston, has published the autobiography “From Clementi to Carnegie: The Journey of Singaporean Violinist Sio Lee Chin.”
She tells of her early years studying music and her leap, at age 15, to America where she enrolled at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music. She gained success, but it was not smooth sailing.
In 2012, she faced her biggest setback, a career-threatening injury from a car accident that broke both bones in her left arm, the arm that holds her violin. Through faith and determination, she put her life together again. A year after the accident, she made her comeback, performing Tchaikovsky’s demanding Violin Concerto.
“From Clementi to Carnegie” is published by Straits Times Press and available at the College of Chalreston bookstore for $20 and online at Amazon.com.
Blue Bicycle Books will host a poetry reading by Amber Tamblyn, author of a new collection called “Dark Sparkler.” The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday at the shop, 420 King St.
Tamblyn is an actress from a Hollywood family who studied poetry with Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Jack Hirschman and others.
An interest in the lives and disappointments of actresses before her time — tragic stories of suicide, murder and obscurity — inspired this collection of poetic portraits of 30 actresses. “Dark Sparkler,” published by Harper Perennial, features subjects such as Brittany Murphy, Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield, pairing them with original artwork by David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson and Marcel Dzama.
A contributor to the Poetry Foundation and Bust, Tamblyn’s work has been published in Interview, Cosmopolitan, the San Francisco Chronicle, Poets & Writers, Pank and elsewhere. She lives in New York with her husband, comedian David Cross.
Crazyhorse Literary Journal’s reading series continues at the College of Charleston with a free event featuring author Rebecca Lee, scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in Randolph Hall on campus.
Lee will read from her recent award-winning collection of short stories, “Bobcat and Other Stories” (2012).
She is a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Lee received her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has written two short story collections. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Chicago Tribune and Zoetrope.
The reading will be followed by a book signing and refreshments. Seating is first-come, first-served.