Children’s Literature with Carmen Agra Deedy - Episode 55

June 21, 2018

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses children's literature and more with award-winning author, Carmen Agra Deedy. Carmen has been writing for children for over two decades. Born in Havana, Cuba, she came to the U.S. as a refugee in 1964. She grew up in Decatur, Georgia, where she lives today. She began writing as a young mother and storyteller whose NPR commentaries on All Things Considered were collected and released under the title, Growing Up Cuban In Decatur, Georgia. The collection of twelve stories soon garnered awards, among them a 1995 Publishers Weekly Best Audio (for Adult Storytelling) and a 1996 Parents’ Choice Gold Award. She has also been an invited speaker at venues as varied as The American Library Association, Refugees International, The International Reading Association, Columbia University, The Smithsonian Institute, TED, The National Book Festival, the Kennedy Center, and StoryfestSC to kick off summer reading in South Carolina.


StoryfestSC with Sophie Blackall and Rita Williams-Garcia - Episode 21

June 13, 2017

Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses art, writing, history, and libraries with award-winning illustrator Sophie Blackall and award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia at the 2017 StoryfestSC held in Columbia on Saturday, June 3. Blackall’s editorial illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Vogue, and Gourmet. She has illustrated over thirty books for children including Ruby's Wish, Meet Wild Boars, Pecan Pie Baby, Big Red Lollipop, and the Ivy and Bean series and won the 2016 Randolph Caldecott Medal for Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World's Most Famous Bear. Rita Williams-Garcia is an American writer of young-adult novels. She is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels for young adults and middle grade readers. She has won the 2011 Newbery Honor Award, Coretta Scott King Award, and Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction for her book, One Crazy Summer. She also won the PEN/Norma Klein Award.


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StoryfestSC Guest Jim Gill - Episode 3

July 21, 2016

Pamela and Katie highlight some of the SC public libraries great programs seen on social media and share their interview from StoryfestSC with musical storyteller and author Jim Gill as he shares the love he has for his job and for summer reading.

Kickoff to Summer Reading - Episode 1

June 2, 2016

Guest Dr. Pat Feehan talks about the importance of summer reading and the South Carolina kickoff, Storyfest!  To learn more visit for more details. StoryfestSC is held every year on the first Saturday of June. This year, award winning authors Lauren Castillo and Jarrett Krosocska, and musical storyteller Jim Gill join the lineup along with local storytellers, Nia, Cocky, and the Clemson Tiger.