New Programs on Jackpot

Former Beaufort Gazette reporter, Jason Ryan, has penned his first non-fiction, full length book which comes out on April 20th. Simply entitled Jackpot (with quite interesting cover art) but enticingly subtitled High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs, Ryan's book is getting solid reviews.

Some of the newcomers among us may not be aware of "Operation Jackpot" and the role that some Beaufort and Hilton Head Island area residents played in it. In fact, we've had a BDC vertical file on the topic for quite some time.

There have been two fictional versions of the tale: the loosely based Lowcountry Boil by Carl Smith (2003) and the not-so-loosely based Reefer Moon by Roger Pinckney (2009). (There are plenty of copies of these novels available for checkout through SCLENDS.)

Make plans now to join us on May 3rd to learn more about this lucrative smuggling enterprise and its consequences, locally and globally.

We're doing two BDC@ The Branches sessions on May 3rd. After his presentations, he'll be happy to autograph your copy!

Jason Ryan presents Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs
BDC@ Hilton Head Branch, May 3rd, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
BDC@ Beaufort Branch, May 3rd, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.