Lowcountry native Dr. James H. Tuten’s Lowcountry Time and Tide: The Fall of the South Carolina Rice Kingdom is a finalist selection for the 2010 George C. Rogers, Jr. Book Award. The award is presented annually by the S.C. Historical Society.

In support of this distinguished nomination, the Carolina Lowcountry and Atlantic Word will sponsor a lecture and book signing at the Avery Research Center on Thurs. Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Huten, now an associate professor of history at Juniata College in Pennsylvania, will discuss the history of rice in S.C. through its rise and decline through the Reconstruction era. His book offers a social investigation into the importance of rice in the Lowcountry and how it has shaped the contemporary Lowcountry landscape.

Charleston artist Jonathan Green will open the event with a few words on his current painting series “Rice.” Green is this year’s recipient of South Carolina Art Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award.