Book, CD signing held at Edward Barnwell House

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By Lanier Laney

There was a CD and book launch signing party for singer and actor Ron Daise and local historical fiction author, David Grim, this past weekend.

Ron Daise, famous for his TV show “Gullah Gullah Island,” was signing his wonderful new CD of songs and stories from Gullah and West African tradition called “Gullah Tings fa Think About.” The CD was produced through a grant from the SC Arts Commission, and is available at local stores and online at rondaise.com.

Author David Grim was also signing his new novel, “Swift Currents.” In it, he blends his interest in the Civil War and his deep respect for African American tenacity through periods of deep despair, to tell a story of slavery’s end and freedom’s joyous beginning. The event took place at Geddes Dowling’s lovely historic family home on Bay Street, The Edward Barnwell House.

Stephanie Austin Edwards, founder of Novel Ideas by SAE, which provides consulting and marketing services to authors, put together the event. Four members of the SC Arts Commission from Columbia attended: Ken May, executive director; Sarah June Goldstein and Susan Duplesis, program directors; and Doug Peach, program coordinator. Here are some pics for you:

 

SC Arts Commission Program Director Sarah June Goldstein and Ervena Faulkner
SC Arts Commission Program Director Sarah June Goldstein and Ervena Faulkner

 

Ron and Natalie Daise
Ron and Natalie Daise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Author David Grim
Author David Grim

 

 SC Arts Commission Program Coordinator Doug Peach and Geddes Dowling
SC Arts Commission Program Coordinator Doug Peach and Geddes Dowling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Banus, Jennifer Rhodes, Beverly Heles
Barbara Banus, Jennifer Rhodes, Beverly Heles

 

 

SC Arts Commission Program Director Susan Duplesis and Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director
SC Arts Commission Program Director Susan Duplesis and Ken May, SC Arts Commission executive director

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Edwards and Geddes Dowling
Stephanie Edwards and Geddes Dowling

 

 

Randy and Barbara James
Randy and Barbara James

 

 

 

 

 

Jayanti Harrison and Ifetayo White
Jayanti Harrison and Ifetayo White

 

 

 

Paul Coffman and Larry Meisner
Paul Coffman and Larry Meisner

 

 

 

 

Mary Joe and Terry Herron
Mary Joe and Terry Herron

 

 

 

 

Lynn and Martha
Lynn and Martha

 

 

 

Lolita Watson and Paul Cooper
Lolita Watson and Paul Cooper

 

 

 

 

 

Barbara Maurer and Beth Moon
Barbara Maurer and Beth Moon