Friends of Florence Library set to host book signings
Friends of Florence County Library will host a pair speaking engagement/booking signings during the month of September.
Francis Marion University Professor and Playwright Dr. Jon Tuttle will visit the Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library Thursday at 6 p.m. On Thursday, Sept. 19 author Susan Boyer will visit the library.
Tuttle will be presenting his book, “The Trustus Collection.” In this collection of six plays written by Tuttle and performed at Columbia’s cutting edge Trustus Theatre over a 14-year period, one can trace not just the evolution of a playwright, but that of a theatre and a culture, as well. In his introduction, Thorne Compton writes that “In Jon Tuttle’s world life is a confusing pile of colorful chips from a kaleidoscope that has long been smashed,” and that “the fact that life is absurd and usually ends badly does not make it any less valuable …”
From “The Hammerstone,” which won the Trustus Playwright’s Festival in 1994 before it went on to be performed in 17 states, to 2018’s evocative “Boy About Ten,” Tuttle allows us to peek into the miracles and mundaneness of his characters, many of whose lack of adherence to normalcy is the most normal thing about them.
Tuttle is the director of FMU’s honors program, a board of trustee’s research scholar, a specialist in modern and American drama, playwriting and the literature of the Vietnam War.
He and his wife Cheryl, who is FMU’s Director of Student Housing, live in Florence and have three children and two grandchildren.
On the 19th, Boyer will be presenting her new book, “Lowcountry Boomerang,” her eighth book in the Private Investigator Liz Talbot series.
In the book, private investigators Liz Talbot and Nate Andrews are all set to enjoy some quality time on the beach. That’s until they get the news about Darius. Darius DeAndre Baker, star of the hit TV show, Main Street USA, has had enough of the Hollywood highlife. After ten years of visiting everyone else’s hometown, he returns to his own—Stella Maris, S.C. The moving trucks have barely unloaded when Trina Lynn Causby, Darius’s high school girlfriend, turns up dead. The town reels as Darius is arrested.
Despite the mounting evidence against him, Liz and Nate believe Darius is innocent. They dig through a scandalously long list of suspects, including Darius’s three ex-wives—who have all arrived in Stella Maris—and his love child with Trina Lynn.
But Trina Lynn led a complicated life. She had at least one stalker and two suitors—one with a jealous wife who recently made a deliciously outrageous scene when Trina Lynn turned up at a charity ball.
As the danger mounts, Liz and Nate race to find a killer and clear Darius’s name—and keep him alive.
Boyer was born and raised in Faith, N.C., and was blessed with a quintessential small-town childhood. She attended N.C. State University, Catawba College, and College of Charleston. She has a long list of majors, one of which was English.
Books will be available for purchase at both events.
Brunch with author White in October
The Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Library will host a brunch with New York Times best-selling author Karen White Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tickets are $35 per person, which includes the book, and can be purchased at www.florencelibrary.org, the library circulation desk, or mail check to Mary Wiser, Friends of Florence County Library, 509 S. Dargan Street, Florence, S.C., 29506.
With almost two million books in print in fifteen different languages, White is the author of 24 novels, including the popular Charleston-set Tradd Street mystery series. Her roots run deep in the South where many of her novels are set. Her intricate plot lines and compelling characters charm and captivate readers with just the right mix of family drama, mystery, intrigue and romance.