Saturday, April 21, 2012

Evening Post Books Releases “City of Ruin, Charleston at War”

Charleston, S.C. — APRIL 17, 2012 — Evening Post Books, a division of Evening Post Publishing Company announces the April 26, 2012 publication of City of Ruin: Charleston at War, 1860-1865 by Post and Courier metro columnist Brian Hicks.

Evening Post Books will release City of Ruin on April 26 from 5:30-7:30 PM at the Barbadoes Room Restaurant of The Mills House Hotel, 115 Meeting Street, Downtown Charleston. The release celebration is open to the public and admission is free.  Books will be on sale, author Brian Hicks will be available to sign copies, and a cash bar will be open.

City of Ruin is the story of Charleston’s pivotal role in the American Civil War, told largely from the point of view of theCharleston Mercury, the local newspaper that stoked the fires of secession.

The book details the military actions around the city and how the conflict affected life in Charleston for residents and shopkeepers, as well as the city’s sizable population of slaves and freedmen.

City of Ruin began as a 20-part serial that ran in the pages of The Post and Courier from December 2010 to April 2011 by historian, author and columnist Brian Hicks. Hicks expanded the series, incorporating additional stories and the perspectives of people on both sides as the Holy City became ground zero for war.

Hicks is the author of five previous books, including Raising the Hunley – also set in wartime Charleston – and most recently, Toward the Setting Sun, the story of the men who led the Cherokee Nation during Indian removal. He has lived in Charleston for 14 years, writing about history and politics for The Post and Courier. You can read more about his work at his website.

City of Ruin will be available for $28.95 on April 26, 2012 online at, inside the Post-Courier Building at 134 Columbus St. in Charleston and in local bookstores. Bulk sales are available upon request by contacting Evening Post Books at 843.958.7367.


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