Speaker Series: Ace Atkins & Lisa Unger


Mystery & Thriller readers rejoice! CLS is welcoming two powerhouse authors, Ace Atkins and Lisa Unger, to discuss their two most recent captivating novels through a Zoom conversation. Atkins will highlight The Revelators, the 10th installment in his hit Quinn Colson series, which just this summer got a green-light from HBO to develop a television series, and Unger to discuss her October 2020 release, Confessions on the 7:45. These two authors are not only talented in their craft, they are friends who know how to thrill all their readers. Join us for this gripping Zoom conversation about two books that will keep you on the edge of your seat! To RSVP, click the RSVP Now button.

Closed for Election Day

The Library Society will be closed Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020 for Election Day. We will reopen on Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 at 9:30am. We hope all members and patrons practice their civil duty and participate in this general election. 

An Evening with David Rubenstein

The Charleston Library Society is excited to welcome back David M. Rubenstein to discuss his recent best-seller, "How to Lead: Wisdom from the World's Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers". Thanks to the innovation of Zoom, Mr. Rubenstein will be in conversation with John Huey, former Editor-In-Chief of Time, Inc. At a time when leadership is in great demand, Rubenstein will give us glimpses into the interviews he conducted with legends across all fields. Get your tickets for this sell-out event!

Speaker Series: Wright Thompson & Ace Atkins In Conversation with Julian Van Winkle III


Join us for a virtual conversation with Julian Van Winkle, Wright Thompson, and Ace Atkins as they discuss Wright’s book, "Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last". This fascinating story focuses on how Julian Van Winkle III, the caretaker of the most coveted cult Kentucky Bourbon whiskey in the world, fought to protect his family's heritage and preserve the taste of his forebears, in a world where authenticity, like his product, is in very short supply. If you pre-order or purchase a copy of "Pappyland" through Buxton Books, you will be entered in our giveaway of a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve. To RSVP, click on the RSVP Now button!

Speaker Series: John Birdsall featuring Chef Mike Lata


The Charleston Library Society welcomes author John Birdsall to discuss his most recent book, "The Man Who Ate Too Much: The Life of James Beard". In this talk, John Birdsall will describe the history of American cooking in the twentieth century, and the ways James Beard—notorious for bending the truth, who’d become famous in part for his skill at inventing myths about himself—invented American food. Towards the end of the program, Birdsall will be joined by Charleston's own Beard-award winning chef Mike Lata to conduct a Q&A session. To RSVP, click on the RSVP Now button.

Closed for Thanksgiving

Now more than ever, we should be thankful for our loved ones and communities. We hope all of our members and patrons have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend. The Library Society will be closed Wednesday, November 25th through Sunday, November 29th and will reopen at 9:30am on Monday, November 30th for normal operating hours. 

Speaker Series: Jeffrey Jackson In Conversation with Emily Yellin


Join Jeffrey H. Jackson & Emily Yellin for a conversation on Jackson's recent book, "Paper Bullets: Two Artists Who Risked Their Lives to Defy the Nazis". "Paper Bullets" tells the history of an audacious anti-Nazi campaign undertaken by an unlikely pair: two French women, Lucy Schwob and Suzanne Malherbe, and is a compelling World War II story that has not been told before, about the galvanizing power of art, and of resistance. To RSVP, click on the RSVP Now button.

Speaker Series: John Grisham in Conversation with Cassandra King

The Charleston Library Society is honored to welcome best-selling author, John Grisham, to be in conversation with author, and friend of the Library, Cassandra King for this Zoom hybrid event. The two talented authors will discuss the dynamic process of writing best-selling novels in addition to focusing on Grisham's most recent release, "A Time For Mercy." For tickets, click on the purchase tickets button.

Closed for the Holidays

The Charleston Library Society will be closed for the holidays beginning Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020 and will reopen on Monday, January 4th, 2021 at 9:30am. We hope all of our members and patrons have a wonderful, safe, and happy holiday season. We will see you in the new year!

273rd Annual Meeting


The Charleston Library Society will virtually celebrate its 273rd Annual Meeting in 2021! Mark your calendars for this special virtual event and RSVP today. CLS will be celebrating the narrative of uncovering the hidden Library Society by hosting a discussion with Antiquarian Bookseller and Author, Stuart Bennett, CLS Head Librarian, Laura Mina, Special Collections Librarian, Lisa Hayes, and Director of the Bindery and Rare Books Conservator, James Davis! For any questions, please email