Booksigning with Kate Salley Palmer

Books on Broad will host Kate Salley Palmer as she signs The Lady of Cofitachequi, on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 3:00pm - 5:00pm. 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.

More than 500 years ago, a tribe of Native Americans lived peacefully next to a river in an area called Cofitachequi, near what is now Camden, South Carolina. A kind and generous woman, who was a member of the Otter Clan, ruled this tribe. She became known as the Lady of Cofitachequi. All the people of the tribe and animals in the area loved the Lady.

An adoring otter tells this true historical account of what happened to the Lady and her kin when Spanish explorers led by Hernando de Soto came looking for gold and silver. De Soto demanded that the tribe hand over precious metals and gems, but all the people had to offer were freshwater pearls and copper. In anger de Soto ordered his army to loot the temples and take all the food. Before leaving, they took the Lady captive and forced her to go with them. Otter watched with tears in his eyes as the Lady was taken away. 

Where did the Lady of Cofitachequi go, and would Otter and the people of the town ever see her again?

Kate Salley Palmer became South Carolina's first full-time newspaper editorial cartoonist when she joined the Greenville News in 1975. Her editorial cartoons became nationally syndicated and received the Freedoms Foundation's George Washington Honor Medal for editorial cartooning. Palmer is the author and illustrator of more than thirty children's books. She and her husband own the Warbranch Press, Inc.

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


Event date: 

Saturday, December 7, 2019 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Event address: 

944 Broad Street
Camden, SC 29020