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    Title:
    Bartram's Living Legacy: The Travels and the Nature of the South

    Date Published:
    Mercer University Press 2010

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    Title:
    Reefer Moon

    Date Published:
    2009

    Description:
    "Reefer Moon" is the latest Evening Post Publishing Company and Joggling Board Press collaboration - a deliciously decadent story. Two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the Orion Writing Circle Award, Roger Pinckney's latest novel takes you to his home turf of Daufuskie Island, South Carolina.

    NEW YORK CITY ? JANUARY 27, 2010 ? Film producer Elliott Merck, a Charleston, S.C. native who lives in Manhattan and Los Angeles, has been looking for a good novel to develop into a first-rate motion picture. And he thinks he has found it in ?Reefer Moon,? a raucous love story by Roger Pinckney about unscrupulous developers of a South Carolina barrier island, drug smugglers and murder, with some whacky Gullah hoodoo thrown in.

    ?One good ?hit? deserves another,? Merck repeats with a laugh as he reads the words on a new gold sticker the publisher ? Evening Post Publishing Company of Charleston, S.C. ? placed on the front of the novel soon after Merck bought the movie rights. The setting for the book is curiously isolated Daufuskie Island, just south of the chic golfing paradise of Hilton Head Island and north of historic Savannah, Ga.

    Mr. Pinckney?s story is loosely based on the massive federal Operation Jackpot marijuana bust in the 1980s ? the largest ever on the United States east coast involving more than a half-billion worth of the illegal weed, 156 arrests and sending 155 people to federal prison. The author, who resides on Daufuskie and commutes regularly to the mainland by boat because there is no bridge to the island, is a seventh-generation South Carolinian and noted expert on Sea Island witch doctoring. He has written seven books, is a popular speaker on Lowcountry, S.C. culture, a hunter, fisherman, conservationist and tour guide. He has also farmed, preached the Gospel and managed to stay out of jail most of the time during his 64 years in this life.
    His story is set in the summer of 1986 when smuggling is in full swing and Sea Island tomatoes are ripe for picking. Two extremely unlikely islanders ? one who is rich and married and enjoys playing ?naked golf? at night with her friends, and the other a hard-scrabble Army war veteran with a moon-driven buzz in his brain ? fall passionately in love with the help of the local African-American voodoo man.

    ?It?s about Operation Jackpot, one of the biggest marijuana-smuggling rings ever busted on the east coast of the United States,? Merck said. ?This is a hugely marketable story and should make a very enjoyable film. It has cult classic written all over it.?
    Just about every young man between ages 17 and 25 who lived in or around the coastal town of Beaufort, S.C. and who owned a boat was involved in the Jackpot sting in one way or another.

    Many were from some of the finest families in coastal Carolina. A few got caught and served time, but most laid low, hiding tens of thousands of dollars in cash they were paid to work as spotters and to secure safe off-loading sites among Beaufort County?s hundreds of hard-to-reach islands.

    ?While most of our projects take place outside of South Carolina, we jumped at the opportunity to work on such a fun film based in the Lowcountry,? Merck said. Editor John M. Burbage of the Evening Post Publishing Company as a great eye for producing special stories about the South, and we look forward to getting to work on adapting Roger Pinckney?s novel for the screen.?

    Book Review #1:
    New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank calls it, "Unforgettable! Roars with life!" Author John Lane calls Pinckney's novel, "Midnight in the Garden of Kiss my Ass."

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    Title:
    Once Upon a Turtle Moon

    Date Published:
    Orion Magazine July/August 2008

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    Title:
    Seventh Son on Sacred Ground

    Date Published:
    Pluff Mud Press 2006

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    Title:
    Signs and Wonders

    Date Published:
    Wyrick & Company 2004

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    Title:
    Blue Roots: African-American Folk Magic of the Gullah People

    Date Published:
    Sandlapper Publishing 2003

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    Title:
    Little Glory

    Date Published:
    Wyrick & Company 2003

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    Title:
    The Right Side of the River

    Date Published:
    Wyrick & Company 2002

  • Title:
    The Beaufort Chronicles: Old Houses, Old Stories

    Date Published:
    Pluff Mud Publishing 1996