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Laurel & Milly

Add your event to Arts Daily!

The South Carolina Arts Commission's arts calendar, Arts Daily, has joined forces with The Hub. Now you can visit one place to view or submit arts news AND events! Long-time Arts Daily users will notice that the revamped event submission process is simpler. You can also add your arts venue (if you haven't already) to The Hub's venue list through the Arts Daily submission process. Online readers of Arts Daily can search and sort events to find activities based on location, art form or type of event. Is your event or opportunity right for Arts Daily? If it's arts-related, open to the public, and of interest to people in South Carolina, then yes! Event types include auditions, calls for entries & contests, classes, conferences, exhibitions, fellowships & residencies, openings, book signings, performances, screenings and more. You'll choose the type when you submit your event or opportunity. To submit arts events to Arts Daily, use the Submit Events button. (Be sure to submit your event at least one month in advance.) If your event has an interesting news element, you can also send it to The Hub through the Submit Story button. Arts events submitted at least one month in advance will appear on the Arts Daily website, and some will be recorded for radio.

How to decide what to submit where

Submit Event to Arts Daily: Arts Daily listings and radio announcements are limited to the key details and a brief description of your event and will direct readers to your website or organization for a lengthier description. Arts events submitted at least one month before the event will be posted to the online Arts Daily calendar. Not all events are recorded for the radio. The earlier you submit, the longer it will appear on the Arts Daily site for readers to find and the better chance the event will be recorded for radio. You can even submit an entire season at once! Submit Story to The Hub: If your event has a news component, you can also submit a lengthier article or news release through The Hub's Submit Story button. Story submissions, if accepted, appear as articles on The Hub's main page and "roll off" the page as other articles are posted -- the lifespan of a Hub article is much shorter than an Arts Daily entry. Hub articles will direct readers to your website or organization for more information. What makes an event newsworthy? A few questions to ask: Does the event relate to a larger purpose (e.g., an artist's studio or gallery opening is a result of the arts reviving a downtown, a celebrity S.C. artist is participating to raise awareness and/or funds, a student exhibition illustrates the benefit of arts education, etc.)? Is this a first time for the event, or a milestone anniversary? Did the project break an attendance or fundraising record? Sometimes the news element occurs after an event when you're ready to share results and photos. Bottom line: Submit ALL arts events to Arts Daily, at least one month in advance. Submit more info about your event to The Hub ONLY if there is an extra news element. Remember, you may also use the Submit Story button to send your feature articles, blog posts, stories, etc. about arts topics other than events.

Writing your Arts Daily Event Description

Arts Daily web listings and radio announcements are designed to provide the most vital pieces of information about your event or opportunity and refer users to ArtsDaily.org and/or to your website or organization for details. We encourage you to use your Event Description space to provide a self-contained, factual summary of your event or opportunity. ONLY the text in the Event Description field will be used in your radio announcement, should your submission be chosen for broadcast. What to include in the Event Description:
  • The name of the event or opportunity and a brief description of it
  • Who is responsible for it (hosting or presenting organization)
  • Where (venue and city)
  • When (date and time)
  • Cost to participate
  • Deadline for the public to participate (e.g., registration, submission), if applicable. (Note: This is not a deadline for posting on Arts Daily.)
What not to include in the Event Description:
  • Contact information. Radio announcements will direct listeners to the Arts Daily website where you have entered this information.
  • Superlatives (such as “the best,” “beautiful,” “a great achievement,” etc.) will be excluded from the final listing.
Want a template? Try this: (Name of the presenting or host organization) presents (name of the event), (event date) at (event time), at (event venue) in (city, and state if not South Carolina). (Provide a description of the event, so that Arts Daily users will understand what it is and whether or not they would like to attend.) Tickets are (cost). (Provide registration and/or submission requirements and/or deadline, if applicable.) Questions? We're happy to help. Contact us here. About Arts Daily Arts Daily is a partnership between the South Carolina Arts Commission, South Carolina ETV Radio, and the College of Charleston.

Recognition

Two S.C. students receive Anthony Quinn Foundation scholarships

Two South Carolina ninth graders, Aidan Forster of Taylors (above, left), and Rachel Yi of Simpsonville (above, right), have been awarded scholarships from the Anthony Quinn Foundation to attend intensive summer arts programs. Forster will attend the Summer Academy Program for fiction and poetry at the South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities. Yi, a violinist, will attend Heifetz International Music Institute. Forster and Yi are the first South Carolina students to receive AQF scholarships since the program began in 2011. Organized as a vehicle to perpetuate Anthony Quinn’s vision for an art conscious society, the Anthony Quinn Foundation Scholarship Program raises and distributes funds for arts education. The Scholarship Program is for young adults in high school who demonstrate exceptional talent and dedication with a strong commitment to personal artistic growth and who will benefit from financial support. This year, 15 students were selected by a panel of judges from among a record number of applicants — more than 500 students — from 34 U.S. states and four countries. The Foundation makes an effort to distribute the funds evenly across the fields of focus: visual arts & design, dance, theatre, singing, instrumental, media arts, and literary arts. Scholarship recipients can apply Foundation funds to any recognized pre-college or arts education program. Scholarships range in size up to $3,000. For more information, visit the Anthony Quinn Foundation website. Via: Anthony Quinn Foundation  

News

Welcome to South Carolina, Dr. Jane Chu!

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dr. Jane Chu is visiting South Carolina to speak at the South Carolina Arts Alliance annual luncheon May 22 and take part in Spoleto Festival USA.

As the NEA gears up for its 50th anniversary, South Carolina residents are invited to "tell your art story" by submitting a memory, video, poem, photo, etc. to the NEA's website. Dr. Chu explains how to submit your story:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKBSxvUx0sc  

News

Digital production arts degree to be offered at new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center

From Charleston Regional Business Journal Article by Ashely Heffernan

The first two of several degree programs that will be offered at the new Zucker Family Graduate Education Center in North Charleston have been announced. Clemson University will offer a doctorate in computer science and a master’s degree in digital production arts at the $21.5 million facility when it opens in the fall of 2016. Eileen Kraemer, director of Clemson’s School of Computing, said the first two degree programs are just the beginning. “The digital production arts (degree) will probably be the first out of the gate, but by the fall of 2016, we hope to have a presence for all of the programs,” Kraemer said, referring to all of Clemson’s graduate-level engineering programs. Students can begin applying for the Lowcountry programs beginning this fall, and Kraemer said the goal is to have a 10-student starting class for the digital production arts degree, which would eventually scale up to about 70. An additional 200 students are expected over time for the graduate engineering programs. Two professors are already scheduled to move from the Clemson area to Charleston to teach classes for the degrees, including Robert Geist, who is the interim director of the digital production arts program. Geist has taught at Clemson for more than 30 years and was credited in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey for his visual effects work. He also co-founded the digital production arts program at Clemson, which prepares students to do animation, visual effects and electronic gaming work. “Our graduates go to lots of the studios, of course, and gaming companies,” he said. “They go to DreamWorks, and they go to Pixar and Disney. They go to Industrial Light & Magic, which is Lucasfilms, as well.” Since the program started in 1999, more than 150 alumni of the program have garnered film credits in movies including Frozen, The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon 2, according to the university. Creating “everything that’s fake” in a movie — most of the water in James Cameron’s 1997 film Titanic was created by a university alumnus, for example — doesn’t come cheap for studios, according to Geist. “I’m sure those who are out there for a few years are making over $100,000. I would imagine the starting salaries are in the 80s somewhere,” he said. The new center, which is expected to be 70,000 square feet, is under construction near the Clemson University Restoration Institute on the former naval shipyard in North Charleston. On top of the $21.5 million building price tag, Nikolaos Rigas, executive director of the institute, said it will take several million dollars more to get the programs up and running. “I think there will probably be in the order of another $5 million to $10 million invested in equipment, startup packages to get professors here, hiring and things like that invested just in the educational programs themselves,” Rigas said. “Obviously those professors then bring in more money to set up their labs.” Students can expect to pay the same tuition at the North Charleston campus as they would if they were pursuing the same program at the Clemson campus, Rigas said.
Image: rendering of Zucker Family Graduate Education Center

Conferences

Registration now open for South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange!

Registration for South Arts’ Performing Arts Exchange 2015 conference, taking place Sept. 28 - Oct. 1 in Baltimore, is now open for presenters and exhibitors. Plan your upcoming season, check out performance showcases, connect with agents in the Marketplace, and network with your colleagues. This is the conference where business gets done!

  • Presenters: Register early to lock in the lowest Early Bird price!
  • Exhibitors: Don't wait to buy a booth! Visit the Booth Lottery page for PAE Booth Lottery policies and to view the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). The deadline to enter the booth lottery is June 8.
  • And don't forget to reserve your hotel room ASAP. Lock in the exclusive, discounted rates at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore ($199) and the Days Inn Inner Harbor ($169) before they sell out.
  • New to PAE? First-time presenters can apply for grants up to $1,000.
  • A limited number of professional development travel subsidies are available for nonprofit presenting arts organizations.
Visit the Performing Arts Exchange website for full details and to start your application today! Applications are due by July 10. Via: South Arts

Jobs

Tryon Arts and Crafts School seeks executive director

The Tryon Arts and Crafts School (TACS), in Tryon, N.C., is seeking an executive director. TACS has been in operation for 55 years as a community and regional center designed to provide creative opportunities through education, instruction and expression of heritage and contemporary arts and crafts. The intent of the organization is to honor and preserve the past and create the future. TACS is a 503c organization. The ideal candidate will have these skills:

  • an aptitude for business.
  • exceptional leadership skills (for people and the organization).
  • credentials, aptitude or experience consistent with the TACS mission.
  • exceptional written and verbal skills.
  • a passion for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.
  • a history of successful fundraising and grant reception.
  • facility with computers.
Job description:
  • provides day-to-day management and execution of ongoing goals of TACS.
  • reports directly to the executive committee, ultimately to the board of directors and is responsible for consistent achievement of the mission, financial objectives and development of future plans for the organization.
  • supervises and supports TACS staff.
  • develops classes, workshops and special events in conjunction with the education and special events committees.
  • develops broad guidelines of a marketing strategy in conjunction with the marketing committee.
  • serves as an emissary and leader to other community arts organizations, businesses, citizens and funding organizations essential to TACS.
  • administers the current budget and assists in developing yearly budgets.
To apply: Submit one file in PDF format, including a cover letter and resume to: Director@tryonartsandcrafts.org. References will be required if you are considered for interview. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. A bonus is possible. This is a full-time position. Application review begins on Wednesday, June 17, and continues until position is filled. For more information, visit www.tryonartsandcrafts.org.

News

Salkehatchie Arts hires new director

Salkehatchie Arts has announced that Susan J. Oswald, a local artist and lifelong resident of Allendale County, is the new director for Salkehatchie Arts. Her position will include management of the Salkehatchie Arts Center, a retail outlet for local artists, promoting arts in the Salkehatchie region, and assisting with Salkehatchie Stew, a storytelling initiative that promotes stories of the region through an original play each year. She comes to Salkehatchie Arts with extensive experience in management, retailing, wholesaling, marketing, and advertising. Oswald graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of fine arts. She gained experience in retailing as the owner and operator of Country Flair, a retail business in Allendale, for 23 years.

Upon closing that business, she entered the wholesale fashion world as a multi-line manufacturer’s representative for five annual Women’s Apparel trade shows in the AmericasMart Atlanta and traveled a nine-state area as a manufacturer’s representative. During this period, she developed efficient marketing and advertising strategies to increase sales and acted as a link to provide customer service between retail stores and manufacturers.
In 2013, Oswald returned to Allendale to recapture a lifelong dream to paint. She has gallery representation in Allendale and Charleston, established an online presence and has been accepted into juried art competition/shows.
Salkehatchie Arts is a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization including Allendale, Barnwell, Bamberg, Hampton, and Colleton counties with a mission to foster cooperation between arts, economic, education, and community development groups. It supports the local artists and local economy, encourages future arts programs, helps to bring awareness to local arts resources, promotes tourism and the visability of the Salkehatchie Region, and enhances the production of arts and entertainment in the region.

Call for Art

S.C. artists invited to submit work to 701CCA S.C. Biennial

Submission deadline is June 29, 2015, 5 p.m. Biennial 2013 701 Center for Contemporary Art seeks submissions for the 701 CCA South Carolina Biennial 2015, a survey exhibition of work by contemporary South Carolina artists. The exhibition will be held at 701 Center for Contemporary Art in Columbia. The 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 will be presented in two parts with openings in September and November.

The goals of the Biennial exhibition are to provide a venue to showcase recent work reflecting local, regional and national trends and issues influencing contemporary artists living and working in South Carolina and to increase awareness and appreciation of the artistic contributions and accomplishments of the state’s visual artists. The exhibition draws on the breadth of the visual arts community by providing a multi-media juried statewide exhibition opportunity every two years. The 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 is the third installment of the exhibition at 701 CCA.

Artists working in all media and styles are encouraged to apply in order to reflect the stylistic and cultural diversity of art produced in the state. An artist must be a current resident of South Carolina. An exhibition catalogue will be produced to document the exhibition. Exhibition dates Biennial Part I, September 10 – October 25, 2015 Biennial Part II, November 5 – December 20, 2015 Selection process: A jury panel of three curators/critics representing local, regional and national perspectives will review submitted materials and select artists for inclusion in the exhibition. A 701 CCA curatorial team will select works for the exhibition through studio visits or from submitted images. The jurors will be announced at a later date. Submission materials, all to be submitted on a CD/DVD:
  • Ten images of available work produced in the last two years. Images should be in a jpeg format with a minimum size of 1024 wide x 768 high ppi (pixels per inch) at 300 dpi resolution and formatted for presentation on a PC-based platform.
Artists should also include in a text-based format (e.g. Microsoft word):
  • Checklist that includes title, date, medium, size
  • Brief statement about the work that addresses the artist’s intent (not to exceed 200 words)
  • Resume and biographical sketch
Also include a self-addressed stamped envelope for return of submitted materials. Fee: $25 per artist. Revenues generated through entry fees will be used to offset the cost of producing a full color catalogue. Checks can be made payable to 701 CCA. Submission deadline: All materials should be submitted by June 29, 2015, 5 p.m. Notification: Artists will be notified of the results of the selection process by July 20, 2015. Submit materials to: 701 CCA S.C. Biennial 2015 701 Center for Contemporary Art PO Box 12822 Columbia, SC 29211  For more information, visit www.701cca.org or contact Sheldon Paschal, 803.319.9949. Images: 701 CCA SC Biennial 2013 Parts I & II.

News

From bluegrass to drumming, Lowcountry has places to jam

From the Post and Courier:

Article by Prentiss Findlay

Photo by Wade Spees

FOLLY BEACH — Dr. Toni Manos had just finished a session on lead vocals singing Loretta Lynn’s “Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven” when she took a break.

“There’s too many guitars up there. Sometimes it’s too crowded,” she said.

Manos and about a dozen other pickers entertained recently at one of the weekly Thursday night jam sessions sponsored by the Folly Beach Bluegrass Society.

Bluegrass and vintage country are staples at the show which includes a playful mix of contemporary and traditional sounds. A picture of Jimi Hendrix holding a banjo and wearing a John Deere cap can be found on the society’s Facebook page.

Bassist Jamie Crisp, a regular at the jam, said his musical tastes evolved from punk rock to the Grateful Dead to Americana. He also plays in Champagne With Friends, which offers an eclectic mix of reggae, rock and funk.

The Grill and Island Bar where the jam happens on Center Street is a contemporary setting with blue neon over the bar. The musicians perform in the restaurant.

The music brought together a disparate bunch that included a PhD hopeful, a retired military pilot, a decorative painter, a hotel maintenance manager and Manos, a former emergency room physician. They played traditional string instruments including the dobro, mandolin and fiddle. Some were novices and others considered virtuosos, such as a banjo player honored with a nomination for an International Bluegrass Music Association award.

The Island Bar jam was scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., and musicians leisurely meandered onto the stage throughout the night.

“It’s like herding cats,” said Jamie McDonald, who is a producer of the 12-year-old event.

When the show began, the players picked in free-form fashion with a rotating cast that dropped in or left the stage as the spirit moved them. Sometimes, though, the music takes over. During a break, a musician described the time a jam evolved into a 45-minute romp through the classic “Rocky Top.”

The jam had an appreciative audience of locals and out-of-towners.

“They’re great. Awesome. It’s a great concept,” said Melanie Gibson of Edgefield.

McDonald joined the festivities on his gutbucket bass; he made the one-string instrument using a vintage washtub, cord and a stick. The upside down tub resonates with sound made when the picker adjusts the string tension by pushing or pulling on the stick. It is considered an original bluegrass instrument.

That kind of tradition has long been alive in Berkeley County at Guy and Tina’s Bluegrass Pickin’ Parlor in the unincorporated community of Bethera near Cordesville. Guy Faulk, 80, started the Saturday night event 37 years ago in his home. It became so popular that he built a shed with a stage to handle the crowd.

“We have a lot of fun. We keep it clean. No drinking, no drugging,” he said.

Faulk makes a big pot of coffee for the crowd. There is a potluck supper. Bands play in the shed for the 7 p.m. show and there is an open jam outside.

The South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina recognized the unique venue when they awarded Guy Faulk and his wife, Tina, the 2006 Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award. Tina passed away recently. Faulk has other family members to help him with the show.

“My youngest son plays and sings,” he said.

Faulk spoke by phone over the loud whistle of a train as it rolled past his house.

“There was a lot of good music in this area but they didn’t have a place to go,” he said.

A desire to have a place for percussionists to get together and play spurred Joel Timmons’ efforts to begin the weekly Tuesday night Community Drumming Circle at The Brick House on Folly Road.

Timmons, who is a singer and guitarist in Sol Driven Train, said the event starts at 6 p.m. and draws an inter-generational crowd. Drums are available for those who don’t have one.

“It’s just turned into a real jam,” he said.

A cousin of the music jam, the open mic night, has a presence in many clubs including The Windjammer on the Isle of Palms. On Tuesday nights, The Windjammer welcomes acoustic acts only but no full bands or drums.

In Summerville, Shooters provides a stage for aspiring musicians on Saturday nights. “Any genre of music accepted. Originals or covers. Just bring your guitars, sticks, or voice,” says a listing for the event.

Reporter Abigail Darlington contributed to this story.

Recognition

Students selected to perform as “Rising Stars” during Piccolo Spoleto

The South Carolina Alliance for Arts Education (SCAAE) has announced the names of 56 students who have been selected to perform May 25-June 5 as “Rising Stars” at this year’s Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston S.C. Piccolo Spoleto runs concurrent with the annual Spoleto USA Arts Festival. “These young people represent the best and brightest in arts in our state,” said Eve Walling-Wohlford, president of SCAAE. “We are proud to showcase their talent and to demonstrate the importance of ‘Rising Stars.’ Both their parents and teachers and community have reason to celebrate these talented students.” The students, who range in age from 8 to 18, were selected through an application and screening process judged by art educators and professional artists representing the disciplines of creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, vocal music and visual art. Students will perform at 4 p.m. May 25, 27, 29 and June 1, 3, and 5. All performances will be presented at St. Matthews Lutheran Church Auditorium, 405 King Street, which is located in downtown Charleston at the corner of King and Vanderhorst streets across from Marion Square. For additional info about the "Rising Stars," visit http://www.piccolospoleto.com/piccolo-rising-stars/ For the schedule of performances visit http://www.scaae.net/RisingStars.asp 2015 Rising Stars (Student Name, Hometown, School)

  • Caroline Antley    Orangeburg    Limestone Academy (Homeschool)
  • Lucas Antley    Orangeburg    Limestone Academy (Homeschool)
  • Benjamin Bagwell    Greenwood    Greenwood High School
  • Lila Berle    Sullivan's Island    Wando High School
  • Ashton Brabham    Moncks Corner    Howe Hall Arts Infused Magnet School
  • Elsa Cline    North Charleston    Charleston County School of the Arts
  • Anna Davis    Enoree    Woodruff High School
  • Lauren DeMarco    Mt. Pleasant    Charleston County School of the Arts
  • Julia Dotson    Mr. Pleasant    Charleston County School of the Arts
  • Kevin Fan    Charleston    Porter-Gaud School
  • Madeleine (Mozie) Frizzelle    Mt. Pleasant    SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Elaina Gable    Mt. Pleasant    The Cooper school
  • Riley Hatch    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Luz Hielscher    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Meredith Hungerford    Summerville    Pinewood Preparatory School
  • Shota Kohno    Charleston    James Island Charter High School
  • Harrison Luba    Hilton Head Island    Hilton Head Elementary School for Creative Arts
  • Sydney Murdaugh    Orangeburg    Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
  • Samuel Painter    Greenville    Home School
  • Lydia Phelan    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Courtney Rich    Orangeburg    Orangeburg Prep
  • Sora Shirai    Mt. Pleasant    Sullivan's Island Elementary School
  • Autumn Smith    Moncks Corner    Berkeley Center for the Arts at Goose Creek High School
  • Bhavani Srinivas    Mt. Pleasant    Wando High School
  • Patrick Swain    Summerville    Rollings Middle School of the Arts
  • Joseph Tollefsen    Columbia    Homeschooled
  • Hannah Walters    Charleston    SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Skye Weimann    Folly Beach    Charleston County School of the Arts
  • John Wright    North Charleston    Rollings Middle School of the Arts

Recognition

Seed of ‘Minnow’ grows deeply in Lowcountry lore

James McTeer II, winner of the 2014 First Novel Prize, will take part in the South Carolina Book Festival, May 15-17 in Columbia, and is the featured Speaker @ the Center, May 20, from noon to 1 p.m. at the South Carolina State Library in Columbia. Both events are free and open to the public. McTeer has several other events scheduled around the state. Check his website for details. From the Island Packet: Column by Lisa Annelouise Rentz

jamesmcteerJames McTeer II grew up in Beaufort with the family traditions of mudbogging and story-making. His grandfather was the "High Sheriff of the Lowcountry," who fought voodoo with voodoo in the twentieth century and wrote four books about it. These inheritances gave McTeer the tools to create something new. Hub City Press, in upstate South Carolina, has published McTeer's novel, "Minnow." It's the winner of the South Carolina Arts Commission's First Novel Prize. The book should be in every vacation home for its insights into Lowcountry nature, and in school libraries for its exploration of resilience. And with its conflicts between man, magic, and nature -- between exploitation and balance -- it should be on every bed- and hammock-side table in Beaufort, too. Minnow is a young boy. His father is ill, and his mother sends him to the pharmacy in a time before cell phones and health insurance. The pharmacist takes half his money ("you don't need it all") and sends him on to a witch doctor in Port Royal. Minnow walks there from Bay Street, avoiding sailors and rowdy juke joints and a monkey smoking a cigarette. Cigar-smoking men try to take the rest of his money. Dr. Crow's shack is beyond all this, at the edge of the river where Minnow is engulfed by nature and an odyssey through the jungle-crowded Sea Islands. Dr. Crow doesn't want Minnow's money. He burns a dollar bill to prove it. He wants a specific handful of dirt, and gives the boy a small pouch and big warnings. One pouch full is all the doctor needs, and it's all the boy takes, too. There is love in McTeer's voluminous descriptions of nature. He uses points of history and culture to pin down the wildness. "Minnow" is immersed in water, mud, wind, and trees, again and again. The naturescape is so dense that a horse is entombed in a tree, a branch sticks in Minnow's face, people are embedded in mud after a devastating storm, and monsters lurk. They pounce, too. Dr. Crow informs Minnow that he is up against Dr. Shrike, as in the "bird that will nail something to a thorn to kill it." Dr. Crow says "three things gonna come at you ... some are already on their way. Some of them may already be here." "What can I do?" "... Look for it, and when you see it, face it straight on. Ain't no use in running." And Minnow dives right in-- he gets a barge across the river with an old, laughing man in a straw hat, and is joined by a significant dog. Together, the boy and dog embody the beneficial balance between nature and man, between getting mauled by a boar and escaping it, and between choosing one path in the jungle over another despite the fearsome plateye. Throughout the book, the boy remains resilient by thinking of his sick father, reviewing the advice he's received, using every outdoor skill he's got, and eating barely enough: "He ate it with eyes closed, succulent like the sea itself, and thanked the warm air and the river before them for the wonderful meal." An island man named Petruchio helps him: "No one can tell you if you'll be safe. It's your road." "But the road is there." "It's a road, and it should be a quiet road." "I can walk a quiet road ... . How far will I have to go?" Minnow wasn't wondering how many miles. When I finished the book, I decided to take a walk down the street. McTeer's parents live around the corner. The book is dedicated to them. His father was in their backyard on the salt marsh. I asked him what he thinks about his son's book. He's read it three times, he explained, and showed me the copy he keeps-- "the traveling Minnow"-- for McTeer to autograph at the book signings they attend together. McTeer, his mother and his sister all work in libraries-- completely unmuddy places-- and his father spoke eloquently about language and good stories and starred reviews. "When his writing pulled me along and made me want to finish it, I felt justified in telling others it's a good book," he said. "Everything in it is fiction, it's not one of those 'who are you in the book.' The seed of "Minnow" was planted a long time ago."