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Coffee with Steve Berry
Apr
25
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Steve Berry

  • The Casino Theater

Bestselling author Steve Berry talks about his latest thriller, the 12th one featuring Cotton Malone (after 2016’s The 14th Colony). In The Lost Order Berry delivers exactly what fans of this series have come to expect—an intricately plotted, action-paced story line that blends history with provocative speculation. While on assignment for the Smithsonian in rural Arkansas, Malone becomes entangled with the “most powerful subversive organization in the history of the United States.” Founded in 1854, the Knights of the Golden Circle have allegedly been guarding billions in stolen gold and silver for more than a century. But the treasure can only be found by locating a series of invaluable artifacts that are encrypted with a seemingly unbreakable code. Malone’s quest becomes deadly when he discovers links to a conspiracy by the ambitious present-day speaker of the house, who wants to radically change the political power structure of the country. The fusion of contemporary and historical adventure makes this a page-turner of the highest order.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

 

Coffee with Michele Moore
May
2
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Michele Moore

  • The Casino

Michele has served as a fellow in the English Department at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. She was a 2006 finalist for the Bellwether Prize for Literature. Her creative nonfiction has been broadcast on Georgia Public Radio. Michele has also won awards and grants from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, the Kentucky Arts Council, and the Kentucky Chapter of the National Society of Arts and Letters. She’ll visit to talk about her book which tells the story of two entwined families, both devoutly Catholic—the white McGonegals and the African American Ravenels—in the storied port city of Charleston during the world wars. The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston follows the parallel lives of family matriarchs working on segregated floors of the massive Charleston cigar factory, where white and black workers remain divided and misinformed about the duties and treatment each group receives.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

Coffee with Robert Coram
May
18
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Robert Coram

  • The Casino

Robert Coram’s career as a writer began in Edison, GA, a town of about 1200 located deep in the southwestern part of the state. Edison is a farming town. Most young people leave as soon as possible and take up a variety of careers. Coram is the only person from Edison ever to become a professional writer, and he has written seven novels, seven non-fiction works, and a memoir. He visits the Guild to talk about his latest book, Double Ace: The Life of Robert Lee Scott Jr., Pilot, Hero, and Teller of Tall Tales. Scott was a brigadier general in the United States Air Force and is best known for his autobiography God is My Co-Pilot about his exploits in World War II with the Flying Tigers and the United States Army Air Forces in China and Burma.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.


Coffee with Marie Younkin-Waldman
Apr
11
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Marie Younkin-Waldman

  • The Casino

“Tea with Marie” is the name of the prize winning television interview show in Rhode Island that Marie Younkin-Waldman hosted and produced. She is also the author of two books and a former weekly columnist for several newspapers. Marie has degrees from The American University in Paris and the University of Rhode Island. She is an inspirational speaker who has had hearing loss since birth and received a cochlear implant to restore hearing nine years ago. She wrote about this experience in To Hear The Birds Sing, a memoir of how technology has changed her life and enabled her to hear. Marie will show a segment of her television interview with a famous author as well as talk about her own experiences.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

 

Coffee with Ted Russ
Mar
20
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Ted Russ

  • The Casino - St. Simons Island

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Ted Russ has served as an officer and a helicopter pilot and eventually with the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment. After leaving the army in 2000, he received an MBA from Emory University and now lives in Georgia with his wife, Anna, and their dog, Henry. Spirit Mission, his first novel was named “One of Military Times Best Books of 2016.”

 

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

Coffee with Linda Sittig
Mar
14
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Linda Sittig

  • The Casino - St. Simons Island

Linda Sittig's debut series Threads of Courage centers on extraordinary women with compelling stories. She talked about Book One, Cut From Strong Cloth, with the Guild last year, and now visits to discuss Book Two, Last Curtain Call, which honors Annie Charbonneau and a group of miners’ wives who became swept up in the violence of the 1894 Western Maryland Coal Strike.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

Coffee with Jonathan Rabb
Mar
10
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Jonathan Rabb

  • The Casino - St. Simons Island

The son and grandson of historians, his father is Princeton University professor of Renaissance and Reformation history, Theodore K. Rabb, Jonathan thought his future would lie in academia. He chose writing instead and is best known for his Berlin Trilogy (Rosa, Shadow and Light, and The Second Son) the critically acclaimed series of historical thrillers set in Berlin and Barcelona between the World Wars, from 1919 to 1937. Rabb as taught creative writing at New York University and the 92nd Street Y, and was a performer with the Blue Hill Troupe, a New York Gilbert and Sullivan company. He graduated cum laude from Yale University and received a Masters degree from Columbia University. He is currently a professor in the writing department at the Savannah College of Art and Design, and he visits the Guild to talk about his latest book, Among the Living.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

Coffee with Dr. Godsey
Feb
21
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with Dr. Godsey

  • The Casino - St. Simons Island (Room 108)

Back by popular demand! The former President of Mercer University and one of America’s finest theologians visits to talk about “The Thinking Believer.” The author of four books, including Is God a Christian? and The God Particle: God-Talk in a Big Bang World, Dr. Godsey served as president of Mercer University for 27 years becoming chancellor in 2006. He has earned doctorates in Theology and Philosophy. In 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003, he was named as one of the 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia Trend Magazine. His first book When We Talk about God was branded as “heretical” by the Georgia Baptist Convention in 1996 but was widely embraced by mainstream Christians.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register at EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

 

Alohomora! The Magic of Storytelling
Feb
19
2:00 pm14:00

Alohomora! The Magic of Storytelling

  • The Casino - St. Simons Island (Room 108)

with Clarissa Baker. the presentation will reflect on some of the significant and empowering themes from the Harry Potter series. It will also look at the transcendence of storytelling and literature as revealed through the cross-media world of Harry Potter. Ms. Baker is a Professor at Seminoie State College of Florida, where she teaches literature, writing, and a Disney-focused humanities course.

This program is part of THE BIG READ: Coastal Georgia Reads A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin.

Programs are free for Guild members and $10.00 for non-members. You must register in advance on EventBrite.com as seating is limited.

 

Sep
28
7:00 pm19:00

Night Train to Lisbon

U.K./Germany, 2013, directed by Billie August. Jeremy Irons stars as a classics professor who embarks on a quest from Switzerland to Portugal to uncover the truth about the life and death of charismatic Portuguese poet Amadeu de Prado, whose life in the 1970s was dedicated to overthrowing Salazar’s dictatorship. 111 minutes; Rated R.

Sep
28
10:30 am10:30

Mark Woods: Lassoing the Sun

Mark is a columnist for the Jacksonville Times Union and he had initially intended to write a book about the future of the national parks, but Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks grew into something more: a book about family, the parks, the legacies we inherit and the ones we leave behind. 

Sep
21
7:00 pm19:00

Coming Home

China, 2014, directed by Yimou Zhang. Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer remembers him. In Chinese with English subtitles; 109 minutes; Rated PG 13.

Sep
16
10:30 am10:30

Peter Selgin: The Inventors

Peter Selgin is an award-winning author of several novels and an Assistant Professor of English at Georgia College in Milledgeville. In his latest book, The Inventors, Selgin examines the lives of two men who were influential in his life, his father and an eighth grade teacher. Although each man had a profound effect on his development, it wasn't until after their deaths that he discovered both men had hidden their true identities. His father was born a Jew, while his teacher concealed his trouble past and his Native American heritage.

Sep
7
7:00 pm19:00

Infinitely Polar Bear

USA, 2014, directed by Maya Forbes. A manic-depressive mess of a father (Mark Ruffalo) tries to win back his wife by attempting to take full responsibility of their two young, spirited daughters, who don't make the overwhelming task any easier. 130 minutes; Rated R.

Aug
26
7:00 pm19:00

Theeb

United Arab Emirates, 2014, directed by Naji Abu NowarIn the Ottoman province of Hijaz during World War I, a young Bedouin boy experiences a greatly hastened coming-of-age as he embarks on a perilous desert journey to guide a British officer to his secret destination. In Arabic with English subtitles; 140 minutes; Rated R

Aug
10
7:00 pm19:00

Foxcatcher

USA, 2014, directed by Bennett Miller. Based on a true story...Mark and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum), U.S. Olympic Wrestling champions, join Team Foxcatcher led by multimillionaire John E. du Pont (Steve Carell) as they train for the 1988 games in Seoul—but John’s emotional self-destruction threatens to consume them all. 134 minutes; Rated R.

Aug
9
10:30 am10:30

Margory Wentworth: We Are Charleston

Marjory is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet who has worked extensively in human rights for organizations such as the UN High Commission for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland; The Whole World Institute of Boston; and Church World Service in New York. Her recent book, We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuel, gives us history, journalism, and poetry in a narrative that reminds us that while there might be no consolation for what happened in Charleston a year ago, there is the need and the responsibility and the opportunity for education and empathy and compassion.

 

Jul
29
7:00 pm19:00

Pawn Sacrifice

US, 2014, directed by Edward Zwick. During the height of the Cold War American chess prodigy Bobby Fischer (brilliantly portrayed by Toby McGuire) finds himself caught between two superpowers when he challenges the Soviet Empire. In 1972 faced the Soviet Union in the greatest chess match ever played but in his mind he fought his madness. 120 minutes; Rated PG 13.

Jul
8
10:30 am10:30

Jingle Davis and Ben Galland: Island Passages

This illustrated history of Jekyll Island, Georgia by the authors of the informative and lovely Island Time:, is a solid work of public history that presents a carefully researched document of the island, from its geologic beginning as a shifting sand spit to its present-day ownership by the state of Georgia.

Jun
24
7:00 pm19:00

Two Lives

Germany/Norway, 2012, directed by Georg Maas. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, a woman born in Norway during World War II to a Norwegian native (after a tryst with a German occupying soldier) is forced to confront her secret past when she's asked to testify about her time as a "war child" in East Germany, and these revelations threaten to destroy the happy life she has built as an adult living in Norway. 97 minutes; In German and Norwegian with English subtitles; Not rated.


When:   Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Jun
24
10:30 am10:30

Kathy A. Bradley: Wondering Toward Center

Kathy dazzled the Guild a few years ago with her award-winning book, Breathing and Walking Around. She recently published her second book, Wondering Toward Center, which continues her examination of the natural world as a prism through which to understand the human experience. A native South Georgian who writes from her home in rural Bulloch County, Kathy is a graduate of Wesleyan College from which she received an A.B. in American Studies and the Walter F. George School of Law of Mercer University from which she received a J.D. She is an assistant district attorney, a newspaper columnist, author, and speaker.

Jun
17
7:00 pm19:00

Suffragette

UK, 2015, directed by Sarah Gavron. The film is a drama that tracks the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a brutal state. Radicalized and turning to violence as the only route to change, they were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality—their jobs, their homes, their children and their lives. 105 minutes; Rated PG 13.

A $3.00 donation is requested to help defray costs.

 

Jun
15
10:30 am10:30

Matt Cashion: Last Words of the Holy Ghost

Winner of the 2015 Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, Matt’s story collection, Last Words of the Holy Ghost, was released last October. The competition judge, Lee K. Abbott, said, “Listen: if you can find a collection of stories more cohesive, more ambitious in reach, more generous in its passion, and fancier in its footwork, I will buy it for you and deliver it in person.” Cashion's first novel, How the Sun Shines on Noise, (2004) “…invites comparison’s to John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces….an entertaining and memorable Southern picaresque” (Charlotte Observer). Matt grew up in Brunswick, earned a MFA from the University of Oregon, and now lives in western Wisconsin where he teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Reservations are recommended.

Jun
10
7:00 pm19:00

Phoenix

Germany, 2014, directed by Christian Petzold. A disfigured concentration-camp survivor, unrecognizable after facial reconstruction surgery, searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis. 98 minutes; in German with English subtitles; Rated PG 13.

A $3.00 donation is requested to defray expenses.

 

May
18
7:00 pm19:00

A Brilliant Young Mind

 UK, 2014, directed by Morgan Matthews.  The story of a unique and gifted boy named Nathan, who was diagnosed with autism at an early age. But he likes patterns and orders which leads him to quickly discover that he is a genius in Math. A high school teacher takes him under his wing and mentors him so that he achieves success in his quest to represent the British team in the International Mathematics Olympiad. 110 minutes; Rated PG 13.

May
17
10:30 am10:30

Kathleen Brewin Lewis: Poet

This gifted poet is the author of two chapbooks of poetry, Fluent in Rivers and July’s Thick Kingdom. Whether writing about growing up in coastal Georgia or fly-fishing in Utah, shucking corn or pruning trees, Kathleen is mindful of the natural world around her and feels the pull and tug of the tide of memory. She’s been a finalist for the Ron Rash Poetry Award and twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. A graduate of Wake Forest University and of the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program at Kennesaw State University, she’s also Senior Editor of the online literary journal, Flycatcher.

May
5
May 7

Spring 2016 Book Sale

Members-only presale is Thursday May 5 from 3 to 6 PM.

We're always looking for donations for the sale. Please bring books to

  • the St. Simons  Library during open hours
  • G.J. Ford Bookshop in the Shops at Sea Island during normal business hours (small amounts only, please!)
  • any Guild program or movie

For larger donations, call Bruce Rumage at 912-634-6277; Nick Shorey at 912_634-6514; Lanny Hoyal at 478-361-8266; or Paul Pieschel at 912-634-2598.

Apr
26
10:30 am10:30

Steve Berry

The best selling author visits the Guild to talk about his latest Cotton Malone book which asks the question: What happens if both the president and vice-president-elect die before taking the oath of office? An excellent speaker, Berry has that rare ability to bring history to life.

Apr
19
10:30 am10:30

Coffee with the Author Tom Poland

Author of Georgialina: A Southland as We Knew It, the veteran journalist and southern storyteller has been writing about the disappearing rural South for nearly four decades. Set primarily in Poland’s native Georgia and adopted home of South Carolina, his tales of bygone times resonate across a recognizably southern landscape and faithfully recall the regional history and lore that have defined the South for generations as a place uniquely its own for natives, newcomers, and visitors.

Mar
28
10:30 am10:30

Brian Hicks: Sea of Darkness; Unraveling the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley

Brian is Charleston’s Post and Courier’s metro columnist and a prolific author. A native of Tennessee, he has covered Southern politics for more than 20 years. His journalism has won more than two-dozen awards, including the S.C. Press Association’s Journalist of the Year in 1998. His books include Toward the Setting Sun, Ghost Ship, Raising the Hunley, When the Dancing Stopped, and City of Ruin: Charleston at War 1860-1865. He’ll visit the Guild to talk about Charleston, the city he knows so well, and his latest book, Sea of Darkness: Unraveling the Mysteries of the H.L. Hunley.

Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests.  Reservations recommended.

Eventbrite - Coffee With the Author Brian Hicks

Mar
23
7:00 pm19:00

The New Girlfriend

France, 2014, directed by  Francois Ozon. Claire has been best friends with Laura since they were six years old.  When Laura marries David, Claire’s a bit jealous until she, too, finds her own husband.  When Laura dies not long after giving birth to Lucie, Claire falls into depression until she discovers the secret Laura kept. In French with English subtitles; 108 minutes; Rated R.