Nonfiction Authors

Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words

DR. JOHN PILLEY AND CHASER REGRETFULLY HAD TO CANCEL THEIR APPEARANCE AT THE 2015 SCBOOK FESTIVAL.   John W. Pilley is an emeritus professor of psychology at Wofford College. He has been working with Chaser since 2004 and has published the findings from their work in the journal Behavioural Processes. …


75 Years of Marvel: From Golden Age to Silver Screen

Roy Thomas has been a comics writer since 1965, primarily for Marvel or DC Comics. Among the many hundreds of comic books he has written since then are Conan the Barbarian, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, All-Star Squadron, The Invaders, Sub-Mariner, Dr. Strange, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman, The Savage Sword of …


Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age

Steve Taylor is the author of Wheels Up: Sky Jinks in the Jet Age, an memoir that takes readers into a world few have seen, including harrowing landings in Vietnam, true antics of airline crew members, near-death at sea, and life-learning mistakes. Taylor, raised on a farm in Mt. Pleasant, …


Katie's Cabbage

Dr. Michelle H. Martin, the inaugural Augusta Baker Endowed Chair in Childhood Literacy at the University of South Carolina, teaches children’s and young adult literature in the School of Library and Information Science. With teen author and humanitarian Katie Stagliano, she co-authored the picture book Katie’s Cabbage, and in 2004 …


Katie's Cabbage

Patricia Moore-Pastides is the First Lady of the University of South Carolina, where she teaches healthy Mediterranean cooking classes for USC students. In addition Moore-Pastides, who earned a master’s in public health from Yale University, teaches adults and children through Columbia’s Cooking!, a community program offered by the university’s Cancer …


Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor

James Scott is an award-winning writer and former reporter and investigative journalist with the Charleston, S.C., Post and Courier. Scott is a recipient of the McClatchy Company President’s Award and was named the 2003 Journalist of the Year by the South Carolina Press Association. Wofford College honored Scott as its …


Watershed Days: Adventures (A Little Thorny and Familiar) in the Home Range

Thorpe Moeckel is director of the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins University. He holds degrees from the University of Virginia (MFA) and Bowdoin College (BA) and is the author of five books, among them Odd Botany, Making a Map of the River, and Arcadia Road: A Trilogy. Moeckel …


Every Father's Daughter

Margaret McMullan is the author of six award-winning novels including In My Mother’s House, How I Found the Strong, When I Crossed No-Bob and Sources of Light, nominated for the National Book Award. She received a Fulbright to research and teach in Hungary, and currently holds the Melvin Peterson Endowed Chair …


Understanding Ron Rash

John Lang is a professor of English emeritus at Emory & Henry College in Emory, Virginia, where he taught from 1983 to 2012. He is the author of Understanding Fred Chappell (University of South Carolina Press) and Six Poets from the Mountain South as well as the editor of Appalachia …


Spurrier: How the Ball Coach Taught the South to Play Football

Ran Henry grew up rooting for “that Spurrier kid” his father revered three mountains over in Johnson City, and spent his life as a writer at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Florida Times-Union, the St. Petersburg Times and Tropic, the Sunday Magazine of the Miami Herald. Henry first officially interviewed …


Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Rick Bragg is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of the New York Times bestsellers All Over But the Shoutin’, Ava’s Man, The Prince of Frogtown, and I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story. He has twice won the prestigious American Society of Newspaper Editors Distinguished Writing …


Civil War Canon: Sites of Confederate Memory in South Carolina

Thomas Brown has taught Civil War history at the University of South Carolina since 1996. He is the author of Dorothea Dix, New England Reformer (Harvard University Press, 1998), co-editor of Hope and Glory: Essays on the Legacy of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001), and editor …


Animals That Make Me Say Wow!

Dawn Cusick writes award-winning nonfiction books for children that celebrate the intersection of science and fun. She is the author of Get the Scoop on Animal Poop, Get the Scoop on Animal Puke, Animal Snacks, Cool Animal Names, Animal Eggs, Animal Tongues, and the National Wildlife Federation’s Animals That Make …


Katie's Cabbage

Katie Stagliano is the founder and chief executive gardener of Katie’s Krops, a nonprofit organization with the mission to establish vegetable gardens of all sizes with the harvests donated to help feed people in need, as well as to assist and inspire other young people to do the same. Katie …


Art and Craft: Thirty Years on the Literary Beat

Bill Thompson was a book review editor, film critic and columnist, arts writer, and travel writer for the Post and Courier of Charleston, South Carolina, from 1980 to 2012. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a former sportswriter in Virginia and Florida, he has …


I Am A Town

Shari Smith, author of I Am a Town and a contributor to The Shoe Burnin’: Stories of Southern Soul, also is the producer of the “Shoe Burnin’ Show.” She has been published in Thicket Magazine, Wildlife in North Carolina, Western North Carolina Magazine, O. Henry Magazine, Pinestraw Magazine and Abilene …


Rebel Yell: An Oral History of Southern Rock

Michael Buffalo Smith hails from Spartanburg, S.C., also the hometown of The Marshall Tucker Band. It was that group that first inspired Buffalo to write about music. Since then, he has published six books, including Prisoner of Southern Rock: A Memoir, and his new book, Rebel Yell: An Oral History …


A Life Afield

A. Hunter Smith is a native South Carolinian who has hunted and fished across the Southeast and the nation for the last forty-three years. For thirty years he worked as a hunting and fishing guide and now writes outdoor stories that stem from his experiences afield. He has been published …


Understanding Pat Conroy

Catherine Seltzer, an associate professor of English and women’s studies at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, is the author of Elizabeth Spencer’s Complicated Cartographies: Reimagining Home, the South, and Southern Literary Production.