[image-1]Have you been to the Charleston Library Society? Located on lower King Street and flanked by big ol’ gingko trees, it could be one of the most photographed buildings downtown (check Flickr if you don’t believe us).

But that doesn’t mean people always step inside. And inside is where you’ll find a number of (free!) events held year-round. While tonight’s speaker event (Christopher Dickey discussing his book Our Man in Charleston: Britain’s Secret Agent in the Civil War South) is pretty much booked up, we’ve got the deets on the rest of the series through this spring. Most of these talks are free to attend, just make sure to register in advance by emailing dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org or calling (843) 723-9912.

Fern Mallis, March 14, 6-8 p.m.
Fern Mallis, internationally acclaimed fashion consultant, will be in town for Charleston Fashion Week, and she stops by CLS to discuss her book, Fashion Lives: Icons with Fern Mallis. This talk is not free so make sure to snag your $35 ticket in advance.

Abbey Leix: An Irish Home and its Demesne, March 15, 6-8 p.m.
Join the Irish Georgian Society for a lecture with the society’s president, Sir David Davies, and author and curator William Laffan. If you, like us, haven’t heard of the Irish Georgian Society, it is essentially an organization that seeks to conserve, protect, and foster an interest in Ireland’s architectural heritage and decorative arts. At the talk, Davies and Laffan will discuss Laffan’s book, Abbey Leix: An Irish Home and Its Demesne, an exploration of the architectural history and landscape of Abbey Leix. Demesne, by the way, is the name of land attached to a manor.

Webb Hubbell, March 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Webb Hubbell has an impressive resume. He’s the former mayor of Little Rock, Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, and Associate Attorney General of the U.S. under Bill Clinton. Oh yeah, and he was once drafted by the Chicago Bears. Combing his knowledge of the justice system and, well, football, Hubbell has written the novel, A Game of Inches, about an NFL rookie charged with murder. Intriguing.

John Avlon, April 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
The editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, a CNN contributor, and winner of the National Society of Newspaper Columnists’ best online column, Avlon heads to the Library Society to discuss his most recent book, Washington’s Farewell.

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