Happenings

Story River Press, an imprint of the University of South Carolina Press, is soon to release its latest title, “The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston” by Michele Moore.

Pat Conroy, editor of Stoney River Press, has praised the novel effusively, marveling at its use of Gullah language and its storytelling panache. The historical novel tells of the origins of the civil rights anthem “We Shall Overcome” and the people who worked in the factory.

A launch party is noon-1 p.m. Wednesday in the Culinary Institute Amphitheater on the Palmer Campus of Trident Technical College, on Columbus Street next to the Cigar Factory building. The event is free and open to the public. It includes a screening of a video “Songs of the Cigar Factory” and a reading by Moore. The author will sign available copies.

Charleston author M. Susanne Wiggins has published a debut thriller novel, “Silentis.”

Set in Charleston, this modern take on the southern gothic novel follows five high school seniors into Silentis Cemetery, which becomes the city of the not-so-silent until the wrought iron gates reopen at dawn, when only four will exit.

“Silentis” is available in print for $9.99 at Amazon.com, and as an ebook. For more about the author and the book, visit seatofsilentis.wordpress.com.

Author Lee Robinson’s novel “Lawyer for the Cat” will be published by St. Martin’s Press’ Thomas Dunne Books.

Robinson practiced law for more than 20 years in Charleston, where she served as executive director of a legal services agency and, later, worked in private practice. Today, she lives in the Texas hill country.

“Lawyer for the Cat” will be available in May for $24.99.

Adam Parker