Coastal Carolina University faculty members Joe Oestreich and Scott Pleasant have written a book about the 1989 Conway High School football boycott that caused racial tension in Conway a quarter-century ago.

“Lines of Scrimmage: A Story of Football, Race and Redemption” was published by the University Press of Mississippi on Sept. 1.

Oestreich and Pleasant will talk about and read from their book at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 in the Johnson Auditorium of the Wall College of Business. A reception and book signing will follow.

The Conway High School football team provoked a boycott and civic unrest after its coach benched a black player in favor of a less-experienced white player in a move deemed by many to be racially motivated.

Oestreich is an associate professor of English at CCU who teaches creative writing. Pleasant has been the Writing Center coordinator at CCU since 2010.

Henry Chisolm, an aspiring local writer, has penned a book called “Where God Put Water,” a religious text that explores how God’s Word and Earth’s history intersect.

Chisolm is a Burke High School graduate who studied religion and history at Benedict College. His book is available as a $10 paperback or a $5 ebook and can be purchased at, from Dorrance Publishing Company, 585 Alpha Drive, Pittsburgh, Penn., 15238, or by contacting Chisolm directly at (843) 822-1815.

Adam Parker