Celebrate Our Literary Lowcountry on May Day!

Two very special events are happening on May 1st that truly celebrate the extraordinary talent, beauty and intrigue of our beloved lowcountry. Happily, you can attend BOTH for free, one here at Main Street Reads and one at the stunning Public Works Arts Center around the corner. Authors will be on hand to sign books at BOTH events. And of course there’s nothing like a personally signed work of literary art to present as the perfect Mother’s Day gift next weekend!

Beginning at 10:30 a.m., Summerville native C. Hope Clark returns with the newest in her gorgeous Edisto Island Mystery series, Reunion on Edisto (Book 7 of the Edisto Island Mysteries that released this month). We also have plenty of Hope’s other popular books in the series on hand, or order them from our Bookshop page HERE. 

Hope is known for writing award-winning mysteries steeped in South Carolina humidity and personalities. Having grown up in Summerville, and graduated from Summerville High School, Hope now lives on Lake Murray in central SC and vacations on Edisto. In addition to being a mystery author, Hope educates writers via speaking and counseling.

Join us for this very special event and celebrate one of Summerville’s own!

AND at Public Works…

Just in time for the perfect Mother’s Day gift! ALICE: Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Charleston Renaissance Artist, has come to Main Street Reads and The Public Works Arts Center. It’s GORGEOUS! A collaboration between authors Dwight McInvall, Caroline Palmer and Anne Tinker, along with Middleton Place Foundation and Evening Post Books, we’re so proud to share this valuable piece of Lowcountry history!

On Saturday, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., the authors will be at Public Works for a chat and LIVE BOOKSIGNING! The perfect space for the perfect book! Proceeds from sales benefit both the Public Works Arts Center AND Middleton Place Foundation. And the book makes the perfect Easter or Mother’s Day gift! Grab your copy at the store early so you’ll have it to bring to the signing as we expect this to be a sell-out event.

This event is free and open to the public, but if you plan on joining us (11 a.m. to 2 p.m.) on the 1st, then email us now and reserve your spot. (Thank you to those who already have – we have your names on the list!)

Want to learn more about the book, Alice, and the work that has endured? Check out this video from Edmunton Alston House (where Alice’s works are on display in a special 2021 exhibition) featuring the authors as well as legendary Charleston artist Jonathan Green:

Talk Southern to Me

Some of you (including visitors to our great town) have been asking for more recommendations of great southern literature. Compiled by southern fiction author Joe Palmer (A Mariner’s Tale), the wonderful lists below represent the best of the best of spectacular southern fiction from contemporary male, contemporary female, and gone-but-never forgotten legendary southern authors. Call us to reserve yours or grab ’em right from our online warehouse in the links below!