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Blue Bicycle Books Author's Luncheon with Aida Rogers and Josephine Humphreys
Halls Chophouse
Charleston, SC
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Blue Bicycle Books Author's Luncheon with Aida Rogers and Josephine Humphreys
Join us Thursday, October 22nd at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series luncheon at Halls Chophouse, with award-winning authors Aïda Rogers and Josephine Humphreys for the launch of the new book "State of the Heart Vol. 2."

You can purchase one of three tickets:  
--$30 for the author talk and delicious three-course luncheon,
--$73 that includes lunch and a signed copy of the hard cover edition
--$52 that includes lunch and a signed copy of the paperback edition

All tickets include the champagne reception with the authors immediately following the event at Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street. Tickets may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or through the 24/7 ticket hotline number 800.838.3006. For special requests call 843.303.1113.

Aïda Rogers is a writer and editor whose feature journalism has won national and regional awards. She has worked in newspapers, television, and magazines. Rogers is the editor of State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love, co-editor of Writing South Carolina: Selections from the First Annual High School Writing Contest, and co-author of Stop Where the Parking Lot's Full, a guide to some of South Carolina's most beloved restaurants. She holds a B.A. in journalism from the University of South Carolina and lives in Columbia.

Josephine Humphreys is a native of Charleston, which is also the setting of her novels Dreams of Sleep, Rich in Love and The Fireman's Fair. She was educated at Ashley Hall studied creative writing with Reynolds Price at Duke University, and went on to attend Yale University for her MA and then the University of Texas. She held fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Danforth Foundation. From 1970 to 1977, before beginning her writing career, she taught English in Charleston.

While her first three novels are mainly about contemporary family life in the South, her fourth, Nowhere Else on Earth, is a departure in that it is an historical novel based on the true story of Rhoda Strong and Henry Berry Lowrie from the American Civil War era. It won the Southern Book Award in 2001. Rich in Love, probably her best-known novel, was made into a film of the same title starring Albert Finney and Jill Clayburgh.

South Carolina is a state of inspiration as well as recreation. Through its natural beauty, storied heritage, and curious character, the Palmetto State finds its way into the hearts and imaginations of every native, resident, and guest to set foot on its 32,000 square miles of soil.

Continuing the format of the popular original, this second volume of "State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love" celebrates and commemorates the connections that the accomplished contributors have found in the well-known and far-flung locations most dear to them.

With companionable charm and storytellers' spirits, editor Aïda Rogers and the 38 contributors, including Josephine Humphreys, Christopher Dickey, Mary Alice Monroe and Marjorie Wentworth, invite you to amble across South Carolina with them for a chance to see the state as they have come to know it.

For writers beloved places can captivate, teach, comfort, and occasionally haunt. In this collection contributors reflect on their hometowns, the rivers and roads that marked their lives' journeys, and the maligned neighborhoods they transformed just by living and working in them.

Family beach vacations, churches and churchyards, athletic arenas modest and grand, a mountain vista, a quiet pond, a city park, an old-time produce market, Lake Murray, Brookgreen Gardensthese are just a sampling of the nearly three dozen private and public places favored by this diverse group of writers of fiction, memoir, poetry, history, journalism, and more.

Photographs, artwork, verse, and even a few recipes accompany the essays, bringing readers further into sharing the writers' experiences.

While State of the Heart is rooted in the landscape of South Carolina, readers from anywhere will relate to its universal themes of growing up and growing old, recognition of past mistakes, returned-to faith, the closeness of family and friends, honoring those who came before, and setting our collective sights on the promise of the future for cherished people and places.

Halls Chophouse is located at 434 King Street, where the luncheon and discussion will take place. Following lunch, there will be a champagne reception and book signing at Blue Bicycle Books, steps away at 420 King Street. Tickets may be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or through our 24/7 ticket hotline number 800.838.3006. For special handling call 843.303.1113.
Parking is available at the Visitors Center Garage on Ann Street between King and Meeting Streets, the Camden Exchange Garage between John and Hutson Streets, or at meters on the street.


Halls Chophouse (View)
434 King Street Street
Charleston, SC 29403
United States


Arts > Literary

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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