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First Novel Prize Winner to Launch New Book in Columbia

April 2, 2015

Media Contact:

Milly Hough
(803) 734-8698

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Hub City Press and the South Carolina Arts Commission will host a book launch reception Thursday, April 30, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Tapp’s Art Center for James E. McTeer II of Columbia and his book Minnow, winner of the 2014 South Carolina First Novel Prize.


Jasper Magazine and Tapp’s Art Center, located at 1644 Main Street in downtown Columbia, are co-sponsors of this event, which is free and open to the public. McTeer will give a brief reading and sign books.


Minnow is an otherworldly story of a small boy who leaves his dying father’s bedside hunting a medicine for a mysterious illness. Sent by his mother to a local druggist in their seaside village, Minnow unexpectedly takes a dark and wondrous journey deep into the ancient Sea Islands, seeking the grave dust of a long-dead hoodoo man to buy him a cure.


McTeer, 30, is a media specialist at Polo Road Elementary in Columbia, and grandson of the legendary High Sheriff of the Lowcountry, J.E. McTeer. His debut novel was selected by novelist Ben Fountain of Houston as winner in the biennial literary contest, which is co-sponsored by the South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press in Spartanburg.


Fountain, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, said, “Minnow is a gorgeous fever-dream of a novel. It picked me up by the scruff of the neck and carried me along as powerfully as a novel by Pat Conroy or Toni Morrison.”


The book also has received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Minnow will be available for sale at this event in hardback for $24.95.


For an interview with the author or for media materials, please contact publicist Betsy Teter, (864) 577-9349, betsy@hubcity.org.


For more information, visit or call www.SouthCarolinaArts.com/firstnovel, (803) 734-8696; or www.hubcity.org. (864) 577-9349.


Hub City Press

Hub City Press, founded in 1995, has published more than 65 books by regional authors, won 12 national and regional IPPY awards from Independent Publisher magazine, is a recipient of the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Governor’s Award for the Arts, and has partnered with the S.C. Arts Commission on five previous book projects. For more information, visit www.hubcity.org or call (864) 577-9349.


About the South Carolina Arts Commission:
The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts, and other sources. For more information, visit www.SouthCarolinaArts.com or call (803) 734-8696.