Anderson County Museum to feature local authors


Local authors will converge on the Anderson County Museum on Thursday, December 5 for a unique evening of readings, talks and book signings. “We’ve discovered that Anderson has a large number of authors who have published everything from non-fiction memoirs to poetry to children’s books to mysteries,” said Beverly Childs, executive director of the museum.

“Authors Night at the Museum is a chance for people to come out and meet them and buy personally inscribed books as unique Christmas gifts. We also have a great selection of local and South Carolina history books in our gift shop.”

PIP Printing and Marketing is sponsoring the event, which will include light refreshments. PIP has printed a number of books, including the museum’s own collection of World War II memories, “A Necessary War,” by Kathryn Smith, which is available in the museum gift shop.

Other participating authors include:

* Holly Ashton, author of the two thrillers, “Killer’s Luck” and “Midnight on the Bayou”

* Beth Batson, author of “Little Wren Lost and the Teakettle Call,” a story book about the Electric City’s wrens, illustrated by Scott Foster

* Mary Breu, author of “Last Letters from Attu,” a true story of the Japanese occupation of the Aleutian Islands during World War II

* Theresa Jenner Garrido, author of a series of mysteries for adults and young readers, including her newest, set on the South Carolina coast, called “Who Done It?”

* Michaela Hackman, poet and author of “Sequel to Slumber”

* Jack McIntosh, author of “Don’t Kill ALL the Lawyers…I’ll give you a short list,” a collection of anecdotes about law and life

* Johnny Mann, author of the show business memoir “The Music Mann: My Life in Song”

* Ann Mayfield, author of the memoir “Retail Retold: How I Moved on Through Snow, Sleet, a Hurricane, Wild and Crazy Customers and Twenty Black Fridays…”

* Kate Salley Palmer, author of a number of children’s history books and a new Christmas picture book, “I Know Santa Very Well”

* Bob Savage, author of “Rendering Unto Caesar: The Fairest Tax” and “Shortening Our Leash On Politicians: Returning to Purpose”

* Tica Tallent, author of “Jazzy and the Dog Walk” and “What is Beautiful”

* Cynthia Winkler, author of a Christian novel, “When Manna Ceased: Facing the Wall”

* Jay Wright, author of the new children’s bedtime book, “Where’d the Sun Go?” and “GAS: Living with Guitar Acquisition Syndrome”

* Willie Wright, author of “True Connections”

* Dot Yandle, author of “Three Baby Wrens Who Went for a Ride,” illustrated by Robert Ariail

Childs said other authors who are interested in participating may contact her at the Museum, 260-4737, or There is a small table fee and authors keep all book sales proceeds.

The Anderson County Museum is at 202 East Greenville Street, in downtown Anderson. The Fred Whitten Gallery and Museum Store hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Research Room is open 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays and by appointment. ACM is handicap accessible and admission is free. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact the Anderson County Museum at (864) 260-4737.