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The Library Society will welcome Andrea Wulf

The Middleton Place Foundation and the Charleston Library Society will co-host an evening with Andrea Wulf, author of “Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and the Invention of the Self.” Wulf’s lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. on September 13 at the Library Society, 164 King St.

The book presents a group of rebellious young poets, novelists and philosophers who, through their quarrels, their love stories, their bereavements and their ideas, popularized Romanticism and inspired some of the greatest thinkers of the time. They had unconventional ideas about the creative power of the self, the aspirations of art and science, and the nature and meaning of freedom.

Tickets are $10 for Library Society and Middleton Place Foundation members and $15 for guests. Go to or call 843-723-9912 for more information on this and other events.

Wulf, a London resident, is the author of ‘Founding Gardeners, Brother Gardeners’ and the best-selling ‘The Invention of Nature’. She has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, The Financial Times and The Atlantic.

New novel examines race relations

The novel “The Catbird Seat” by Charleston resident Rebecca Hollingsworth will be available later this month from online retailers in hardcover form for $27.95.

The story, set in 2000 and 1857, features protagonist Gilliam Culkin, a Southern Studies researcher at the Caroliniana Library, who begins to question her views on race. She surmised that her academic experiences would have equipped her to understand the racial unrest in the country. Instead, she’s baffled by it – until a new friendship leads her to make connections between past and present and gain a better understanding. A side story, set in Mobile, Alabama, in 1857, features a slave and his white master.

Hollingsworth, 76, grew up in rural Florida, lived in New York and Atlanta, then retired to Charleston where she volunteered at the downtown Old Slave Mart Museum. Conflicts over the Confederate flag at the South Carolina Statehouse sparked her interest in examining race relations and ultimately inspired her to write “The Catbird Seat.”

—Adam Parker

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