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Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with Poet, Essayist and Teacher John Lane
High Cotton
Charleston, SC
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Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series Luncheon with Poet, Essayist and Teacher John Lane
Join us Friday, August 12 at noon for Blue Bicycle Books Charleston Author Series luncheon at High Cotton, when renowned poet, essayist and environmental studies expert John Lane discusses his book, "Coyote Settles the South."

Tickets are only $31 for the author talk and delicious three-course luncheon at High Cotton, or $61 that includes the luncheon plus a signed, hardcover copy of "Coyote Settles the South."

High Cotton is located at 199 East Bay Street in downtown Charleston. Of course, there is a full-service cash bar for your enjoyment.

"Coyote Settles the South" is the story of Lane's journey as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, suburbs, a tannery, and even city streets. Along the way, he gains insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.

Co-existing with coyotes is a trending topic here in Charleston as coyote populations have increased on Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island and Mount Pleasant. And, it's not just East of the Cooper where residents are concerned. The coyote population has increased in Folly Beach, James and Johns Islands as well. Recently the SC Senate budget panel shot down a proposal that would tag coyotes throughout the state for hunters to pursue for a $1,000 reward. Sen. Nikki Setzler, D-Lexington said there are better ways to spend that money in the $7.5 billion budget. "We want to talk about dealing with education, roads, health care and all those things versus paying someone to kill a coyote," Setzler said. "It's all about priorities."

According to the Post and Courier, "The catch is that hunting and discharging a firearm or bow is outlawed in municipalities such as Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms where the coyote's presence continues to be a problem. Currently city landowners may only trap a coyote. A petition started earlier this year "to tell government officials that residents of Isle of Palms and those who visit the island should not be asked to co-exist with coyotes," has garnered only 66 names to date.

Lane's own argument is for folks to stop hating the coyotes, and instead to see them as part and parcel of their environment. The Department of Natural Resources suggests just that.

John Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College, where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. In 1995 he co-founded a community press and literary arts organization in Spartanburg called The Hub City Writers Project. His poems have been published in magazines such as The Virginia Quarterly Review, Harvard Magazine, Ironwood, Ploughshares, and Nimrod, among many others.

Pamela Graham Anderson, former WSPA Emmy Award Winning TV Anchor, now owner of Pamela Graham Associates, will interview John Lane about the topic, which will be shown interactively on Facebook Live.

Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three course luncheon, or $61 that includes the luncheon plus a signed, hardcover copy of "Coyote Settles the South." Doors open at 11:30 AM and lunch is served promptly at noon. Limited seating  provides an intimate experience with the author. There is a cash bar for your enjoyment.

High Cotton is located at 199 East Bay Street, where the luncheon and discussion will take place. Parking is available at the Cumberland Street Garage, other municipal lots or at meters on the street.


High Cotton (View)
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
United States


Arts > Literary
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Other > Pets & Animals

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


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