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Join us for an opportunity to sip coffee with Lindy Carter, learn about her newest book, The Rice Birds, and hear a short reading. Lindy will share her inspiration for the book, events she adapted, and interesting historical facts she uncovered during her research.
We are reigniting this series from when it initially started in 2019, and look forward to getting back to these intimate conversations that will be held in our beloved, booklined Dr. Suzan D. Boyd Fellows Lounge.
To RSVP to this free event, call 843-723-9912 or fill out the form below.
About the Book:
In 1849, twin sisters fleeing Ireland’s famine arrive at New York’s seaport. Only Nora is allowed to get on the boat to South Carolina to fulfill her four-year indenture. On her employer’s vast rice plantation, an enslaved worker—Pearl—befriends her. After one of them commits a crime, the girls flee to Charleston, where Nora frantically seeks to get back to her sister and Pearl tries to find her mother, sold away long ago. Meanwhile, an old enemy’s illegal transatlantic scheme is about to derail the girls’ plans. Historically accurate, the book draws upon interviews with academics, historians, and educators, as well as dissertations, histories, Gullah stories, cookbooks, and the diaries of Lowcountry rice planters. The Rice Birds takes the reader beyond the well-known narratives about Charleston’s history to build upon real events and lives that have seen little light in contemporary books. Some facts were so compelling, they needed little embellishment before being woven into this tale.
Lindy Keane Carter is a graduate of the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism andMass Communications. After writing non-fiction for 30 years, she began writing fiction in 2000. Her short stories won awards in 2003 and 2009 in the South Carolina Arts Commission’s Fiction Project contest. The Rice Birds is her third published novel. She lives in Mt. Pleasant, SC.