There will be a CD release for Ron Daise and a book signing for David Grim at the York W. Bailey Museum at the Penn Center on Saturday, July 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Penn Center is located at 16 Penn Center Circle W., St. Helena Island, SC. Ron Daise, St. Helena’s native son, has released a new CD that continues to bring the beautiful Gullah culture to the mainstream media. His new recording of songs and readings, called “Gullah Tings fa Tink Bout, Songs and Stories from Gullah Granches, West African Roots,” was produced through a grant from the S.C. Arts Commission and artistically showcases Gullah language, history, and heritage. Author David Grim was inspired to write his novel, “Swift Currents,” through his commitment to civil rights and his diverse family experience. In it, he blends his longstanding 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 beginnings.
This year’s bookstravaganza includes new Meet the Authors program From staff reports