Local author Charles Troiani has published a biography called "Councilwoman Hilda Jefferson: The Mrs. Claus of Charleston."

The book highlights the long life of Jefferson, a retired school teacher, Charleston's first black city councilwoman and Troiani's neighbor and friend.

Jefferson spearheaded the Charleston Christmas party for 33 years.

The book is available in hardcover ($21.95) and paperback ($11.95) formats from online retailers. All of the royalties from the sale of the book will go to the Hilda Jefferson Foundation to purchase bicycles and provide scholarships for children of city employees, according to Troiani.

Jefferson died on April 27. She was 93.

Jim Kirwan, author of "The eXercise Factor," will sign copies of his newly published book 2-4 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Barnes & Noble in Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.

Kirwan is the founder and former CEO of TrySports and the creator of Get America Moving. He launched the initiative because of his concern about inactivity and its health ramifications.

"The eXercise Factor" is available from online and traditional retailers. For more information about Kirwan and his work, go to www. getamericamoving.com.

Adam Parker