On Sunday July 15th at 3 pm, teacher, author, poet and adventurer John Lane will talk about his canoe trip from the mountains to the sea of South Carolina. Mr. Lane teaches environmental studies at Wofford College where he also directs the Goodall Center for Environmental Studies. His latest prose book is My Paddle to the Sea published by The University of Georgia Press in 2011. Lane’s three-­hundred-mile canoe trip took him from a tiny creek near his home in Spartanburg,  down the Broad River and into Lake Marion before continuing down the Santee River. Along the way Lane recounts local history and ponders the sites of old cotton mills; abandoned locks, canals, and bridges; ghost towns fallen into decay a century before; Indian mounds; American Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites; nuclear power plants; and boat landings.

Other recent prose books by John Lane include The Best of The Kudzu Telegraph (Hub City Writers Project, 2008) and Circling Home (University of Georgia Press, 2007). His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems  was published by Mercer University Press in 2011. All of these titles are available for checkout at the library.

This presentation is brought to you by the McCormick County Library and will be held in the library meeting room. Admission is free. Please call or email the library for more information: 852-2821 or mccormicklibrary@hotmail.com