Events

Speaker Series: Suzanne Nossel

Free

The Library Society welcomes CEO of PEN America, Suzanne Nossel to discuss her new book, Dare to Speak: Defending Free Speech For All in a digital ZOOM format event. A vital, necessary playbook for navigating and defending free speech today, Dare To Speak provides a pathway for promoting free expression while also cultivating a more inclusive public culture.While this digital event is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required. All respondents will receive a link and password to the ZOOM lecture on the day of the event. Click on the RSVP Now button to reserve your space. 

A Summer with Southern Authors: John Warley

Free

The Charleston Library Society happily announces the launch of a community partnership with Evening Post Books & Buxton Books. Beginning this summer, we will offer substantive, informative and entertaining “virtual” programs until the Library Society can resume onsite gatherings. Convening every other Thursday at 4:30PM, the series will present a diverse group of Southern Authors as they discuss their works and the influence of the South in their worlds.

Join John Warley, author of The Home Guard and Stand Forever, Yielding Never, as he has a conversation with Polly Buxton of Buxton Books about his incredible stories, fiction & nonfiction alike. With a historian’s eye for detail, Warley has written a story set in and around Beaufort during the Civil War in his book The Home Guard. His history of the Citadel, Stand Forever, Yielding Never is rich in intimate details of the institution and its leadership. He’ll discuss both books in this session. An RSVP is required to attend this event. To RSVP, click on the "RSVP Now" button.

A Summer with Southern Authors: Horace Mungin & Marjory Wentworth

Free

The Charleston Library Society happily announces the launch of a community partnership with Evening Post Books & Buxton Books.  Beginning this summer, we will offer substantive, informative and entertaining “virtual” programs until the Library Society can resume onsite gatherings. Convening every other Thursday at 4:30PM, the series will present a diverse group of Southern Authors as they discuss their works and the influence of the South in their worlds. Horace Mungin’s poems address the conscious erasure of African American history. Mungin will be in conversation with South Carolina Poet Laureate, Marjory Wentworth, and Buxton Books', Polly Buxton, discussing his book, Notes from 1619: A Poetic 400-Year Reflection, taking us from the Cape Coast of Africa on a narrative journey describing the African experience in America. This is a narrative that provides a context and an understanding long missing from our national conversation.

Speaker Series: Rob Simbeck & Margaret Renkl

Join the Charleston Library Society & Buxton Books as we host authors Rob Simbeck & Margaret Renkl as they discuss their recent books, The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist and Late Migrations: Natural History of Love and Loss. The writers will have a lively, and poignant conversation covering topics from their books as well as the environment. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 off coupon to use through Buxton Books on either Simbeck's The Southern Wildlife Watcher: Notes of a Naturalist or Renkl's Late Migrations: Natural History of Live and Loss. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click on the purchase tickets button.

Beethoven Fest with Yuriy Bekker – Part 1

To commence Beethoven's 250th birthday celebration, CSO Concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker, will be joined by pianist, Chee-Hang See, in 2 performances of Beethoven's Sonatas for Violin and Piano. These masterpieces are staples in the repertoire for both violinists and pianists. The duo will perform five of his ten sonatas over the 2 nights. Tickets for this limited capacity concert are $40 per person. Maximum capacity will be 40 attendees to make sure our patrons can be socially distanced and still enjoy an intimate concert recital. Masks are required for admittance. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click on the Purchase Tickets button.

Beethoven Fest with Yuriy Bekker – Part 2

To commence Beethoven's 250th birthday celebration, CSO Concertmaster, Yuriy Bekker, will be joined by pianist, Chee-Hang See, in 2 performances of Beethoven's Sonatas for Violin and Piano. These masterpieces are staples in the repertoire for both violinists and pianists. The duo will perform five of his ten sonatas over the 2 nights. Tickets for this limited capacity concert are $40 per person. Maximum capacity will be 40 attendees to make sure our patrons can be socially distanced and still enjoy an intimate concert recital. Masks are required for admittance. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click on the Purchase Tickets button.

Speaker Series: Dinyar Patel

Free

Joining us from Mumbai, Dinyar Patel will discuss his new book, Naoroji: Pioneer of Indian Nationalism in a Zoom format lecture. Patel's book is the definitive biography of Dadabhai Naoroji, the nineteenth-century activist who founded the Indian National Congress, was the first British MP of Indian origin, and the inspired man behind the likes of Gandhi and Nehru. This will be a fantastic conversation to listen to as we gain perspective on the life of a man with impressive, lasting influence. To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or click the RSVP Now button.

Speaker Series: Carl Safina & Mary Alice Monroe

Join the Charleston Library Society as we host authors Carl Safina and Mary Alice Monroe as they discuss Safina's most recent book, Becoming Wild: How Animal Cultures Raise Families, Create Beauty, and Achieve Peace. These two powerfully, strong writers will have a lively conversation covering topics from the environment & ecosystems to writing & acquiring new perspectives. Tickets are $5 and include a $5 off coupon to use through Buxton Books on either Safina's Becoming Wild or Monroe's On Ocean Boulevard. To purchase tickets, call 843-723-9912 or click on the purchase tickets button.

Inside the New York Times Book Review With Pamela Paul & Dwight Garner

Free

Join us for a much-anticipated conversation between the Editor of the New York Times Book Review, Pamela Paul, and long-standing Times book critic—previous Review editor—Dwight Garner. These two will give us a glimpse into the unique perspective of being part of one of the most influential literary reviews in the US. To RSVP, click on the RSVP Now button & fill out the form!

Speaker Series: David O. Stewart

Free

CLS welcomes the return of history & historical fiction writer, David O. Stewart for a topical & unique Zoom lecture. Stewart will focus on his historical mystery novels in this digital format event. In particular he will discuss the The Paris Deception which centers itself and its protagonists around the 1919 Paris Peace Conference and the 1919 Pandemic. Through this lecture we will learn about our nation's and the world's response to one of the last major pandemics. Topical and interesting, with a good measure of mystery, this event will certainly entertain all. To RSVP, click the RSVP Now button & fill out the form. AFTER 1PM on (10/22), to RSVP, call 843-723-9912.