Southern writer Tom Poland will be at the McCormick Library on Thursday, May 26th. Starting at 6:30 pm, Tom will share some of his best stories from his many years of exploring and writing about South Carolina and Georgia. The event is free and light refreshments will be served.
Tom grew up in Lincoln County, Georgia, where four wonderful English teachers gave him a love for language that led to a career as a writer. People first came to know Tom’s work in South Carolina Wildlife magazine where he met his friend and co-author, the esteemed photographer, Robert Clark. Since then, they’ve collaborated on five books and many magazine features.
Tom’s written over 1,000 columns and features and seven traditionally published books. Among Tom’s recent books are Classic Carolina Road Trips From Columbia, Georgialina, A Southland As We Knew It, and Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. 2.
Swamp Gravy, Georgia’s Official Folk Life Drama, staged his play, Solid Ground. Readers of Atlanta’s Like the Dew are familiar with his essays and features. He writes a weekly column, “Across The Savannah,” for his hometown newspaper, The Lincoln Journal and the McCormick Messenger.
Tom earned a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Media at the University of Georgia. He lives in Columbia where he writes about Georgialina—his name for eastern Georgia and South Carolina.
On Thursday, May 19th local author Terry Wilson will talk about his new book, Tarnished Valor, at the McCormick County Library. Tarnished Valor is Terry’s 3rd novel and tells the story of Vietnam War veteran Sam Davis. While visiting the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. to honor Paul Morse, the man who saved his life, Sam discovers that Paul’s name is not inscribed on the Wall. Sam saw him killed, but maybe he survived? Against all odds, he searches for the friend and hero he owes everything, and rediscovers his own strength, resiliency and faith along the way.
Also the author of The Blanket Hill Insurgency and Breaking Liberator’s Shackles, Terry L. Wilson is a Vietnam era veteran and retired architect.
Terry’s presentation at the library will begin at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Copies of his books will be available and may also be purchased at Books On Main in downtown McCormick.
On Thursday May 12th at 6:30 pm at the McCormick County Library, local author Bob Edmonds, recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina’s highest civilian award for publishing local history, will talk about his new book: Building Railroads: The Greenwood and Augusta Railroad and The Savannah Valley Railroad. The book chronicles the determination of the communities and, in turn, the awesome results accomplished with the completion of two railroads in western South Carolina. The story includes the tremendous toil, sweat, and blood endured by convicts who graded roadbed using only picks, shovels and mule carts as if in ancient times. A great number of men lost their lives as a result. Detailed research also reveals the changes to villages and towns along the railroad tracks, located between Greenwood and Augusta and between McCormick and Anderson.
Books will be available for purchase and signing after the presentation. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the McCormick Library. Books may also be purchased for $25 at Strom Drug Store, Books on Main, the Chamber of Commerce, the McCormick Messenger, the Willington Book Store, McCaslan’s in Greenwood, or from the author via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.