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Speaker Series: Gervais Hagerty

August 26, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The Charleston Library Society is thrilled to host local writer Gervais Hagerty to celebrate her debut novel, IN POLITE COMPANY. The story takes a captivating look inside the private lives of Charleston aristocracy, where a former debutante learns that sometimes good behavior leads to bad decisions. New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will make a special introduction to kick-off the evening.

The book will be available for purchase (before the publishing date!) at the event or through Buxton Books at 843-723-1670. After her conversation, Gervais will be signing and personalizing copies of her book.

Tickets for this event are $5 a person and include a wine reception. To purchase your tickets, click here.

To purchase a copy of In Polite Company, click here! 


Tourists think they see the real Charleston, but Simons Smythe knows there’s more to her hometown than sweet tea and Southern hospitality. Behind the walled gardens, inside the fabled historic homes, live Charleston’s elite. Simons was born into this powerful aristocracy that has quietly ruled the city for centuries.

Simons’s family has a banner year ahead; Her older sister will give birth to her second child, and her younger sister will make her debut—a series of cocktail parties and balls to introduce her to society. And in one year, Simons plans to marry Trip. She hopes that’s enough time to fall back in love.

Simons produces the news at a local TV station, a job that increasingly tests her loyalty to her family and friends. On her days off, Simons surfs the waves of Folly Beach, crabs the salty rivers of Edisto Island, and follows her wayward heart to King Street bars. The one touchstone in this confusing time is her elegant and secretive grandmother, Laudie, who—repeatedly and mysteriously—urges Simons to “be brave”.

In this sparkling novel, Simons unlocks riddles from the past, flirts with a new future, and discovers that some rules are made to be broken.

“This terrific debut lifts the veil on the charming old city of Charleston and a prominent Lowcountry family to deliver an entertaining story about becoming yourself without totally rejecting your past. Plus: debutante balls! I love this novel.” —Lauren Weisberger, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Devil Wears Prada and When Life Gives You Lululemons


August 26, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm