The Charleston Friends of the Library present their first book sale of the year at the Otranto Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road, North Charleston, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

A special event for Friends of the Library members will be 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the branch.

Books, DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase. Paperback books start at $1; hardcovers start at $3; children’s books start at $0.50.

The Charleston Friends of the Library, a nonprofit volunteer organization, raises money through book sales to help fund library services, equipment, training, materials and public programming.

This branch sale is one of the five book sales held throughout the year by the Friends.

For more information on the Otranto Regional Sale, go to

A program centered on “The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook: Garden-Fresh Recipes Rediscovered and Adapted for Today’s Kitchen” is scheduled for 3 p.m. March 6 at Addlestone Hebrew Academy Auditorium, 1675 Raoul Wallenberg Blvd. Presenters are Barbara Mazur and Wendy Waxman.

The event includes a live cooking demonstration, book signing and desserts.

In 1938, restaurant owner and vegetarian pioneer Fania Lewando published “The Vilna Vegetarian Cookbook,” a volume of more than 400 recipes without meat or fish and essays about healthy living. Mazur and Waxman created an English-language version of the cookbook.

JCC, Hadassah and Dor Tikvah members pay $10; others pay $14. Reserved tickets are available at

The first children’s book by local author-illustrator Baird Hoffmire, “Boris Crookedback and the Dragon of Wang-Dang-Baloo,” will be released Tuesday.

The book, geared for children 4-8, is about an unlikely dragonslayer. With smarts on his side, a heart of gold and the pluck to save his true love, Boris may just be more of a force than anyone has reckoned.

Hoffmire grew up in Summerville and now lives on James Island. “Boris Crookedback” is available as an ebook for $5.99 and a paperback for $9.99 from online retailers.

The History Press has released “Clemson Tough: Guts and Glory Under Dabo Swinney” by Larry Williams, available as a $22.99 paperback from online and traditional bookstores.

The book recounts how Swinney over the years elevated the Clemson Tigers football team to its No. 1 ranking in 2016. “Clemson Tough” relays intimate details of Swinney’s life, his impact on Clemson and his mission to create an elite program on and off the field.

Williams has covered Clemson football on a daily basis since early 2004, first as a Post and Courier reporter, then at In 2007, he was named South Carolina Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and BiblioBoard announce winners of the 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award. Following the model of the current BCALA Literary Awards, the new award honors the best self-published ebooks in fiction and poetry by an African-American author in the U.S. The recipients will receive the awards during the 2016 Annual Conference of the American Library Association in Orlando, Fla.

The first awards are dedicated to Cynthia Hurd, whose was one of nine killed in the June 17 Emanuel AME Church attack. Hurd was a librarian for more than 31 years.

The two winners are Leslye Penelope, a Maryland-based author of the novel “Song of Blood and Stone: Earthsinger Chronicles, Book One,” and King Shakur, the Texas-based author of “Streetlights, J’s and Hip Hop: Making of a Poet.”

The BCALA 2016 Self-Publishing EBook Award marks the first award from an ALA affiliate to acknowledge literary excellence in self-published digital content.

Adam Parker