Athenaeum Press: Stories of Our Region


Stories of Our Region


The Athenaeum Press at Coastal Carolina University invites the local Grand Strand community and visitors to a public celebration of its Lowcountry and Horry-centered projects entitled Stories of Our Region. Hosted by the Seacoast Artists Gallery, this event is part of the Athenaeum Press’ ongoing commitment to tell regional stories for a national audience. Each hour, the reception features appearances by distinctive regional voices: Jane Spillane, Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince, Jr., and Dr. Eric Crawford.

Here is the schedule of presentations:

Jane Spillane

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Meet Jane Spillane, widow of acclaimed pulp fiction writer Mickey Spillane, native of Marion, SC and a long-time resident of Murrells Inlet. Jane will share memories from her book and audio CD My Life with Mickey, where each captivating chapter adds another dimension to Mickey and the dynamic relationship that he and Jane shared.

Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince, Jr.

2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Dr. Eldred “Wink” Prince, Jr. of CCU continues the story of place in speaking of two regional projects, Chasing the Paper Canoe and the newly released The Wealth of Nothing. Chasing the Paper Canoe is a photography book that portrays the culture, desolation and stoic beauty of the Waccamaw River, all through the re-imagined 19th century journey of American Nathaniel Bishop in a paper canoe. The Wealth of Nothing features the photographs and poetry from the one-armed itinerant photographer, William Van Auken Greene, during his travels around the town of Aynor and surrounding Horry County. Photographing between the 1930s and 40s, Greene’s collected photographs provide a glimpse into the faces and places of small town Southern life.

Dr. Eric Crawford

3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Dr. Eric Crawford presents Gullah: the Voice of an Island CD box set. This is a multimedia, multidimensional look at the Gullah praise houses and spirituals of St. Helena Island, many of which retain their rhythm and music from West Africa. Over 80 hours of recorded stories and songs from elders on the islands create a project described by the Penn Center as “exquisitely educational” and “soul-stirring.”

The event takes place on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Seacoast Artists Gallery, which is located at 3032 Nevers Street at The Market Common in Myrtle Beach. Admission is free. For more information, visit the website here.