Books on Broad will host Dr. Ben Alexander for a book signing and Presentation on Saturday, January 25, 2020 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm. Ben is the editor of Good Things out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Friends. Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad Street, Camden, S.C. 803-713-7323 M-S. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.
The books brings together nearly two hundred unpublished letters from National Book Award winning author O’Connor and her circle of extraordinary friends. She is widely recognized as a master of the American short story and always maintained a powerful ethical vision rooted in a quiet, devout faith, although her popularity reached far beyond religious boundaries to appeal to many readers of literary fiction then and today. Dr. Alexander will expand on particular letters, including O’Connor’s exchanges with Walker Percy, author of the National Book Award winner, The Moviegoer. Percy did some of his best writing at a big cottage on Pawleys Island!
To produce the new collection of letters, Dr. Alexander scoured Flannery O’Connor archives at universities including Emory and Duke, as well as the Walker Percy archives at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and other notable sources. Equal parts spiritual autobiography, literary history, and social commentary, Good Things Out of Nazareth explores universal themes of creativity, faith, suffering, and writing. The correspondence offers a riveting portrait of the times in which these artists and thinkers of the 1950s and 60s worked. Their deeply held beliefs are revealed in intimate conversations among friends as well as in their larger discussion American society during the Civil Rights era.
Benjamin B. Alexander was born in Wilmington, Delaware and grew up on a family peach farm in South Carolina. He attended public school, graduated from the University of the South (Sewanee, Tennessee), and earned an interdisciplinary doctorate in literature and political theory. He was tenured on two different college faculties.
Books on Broad is an independent book store and coffee shop located in downtown historic Camden proudly serving SC roasted King Bean coffee and offering a broad selection of new, used, and collectible books. Books on Broad is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday 7:30 am – 4 pm. Shop from the website 24/7 at www.booksonbroad.com.