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Winthrop Bookstore to Host Nov. 15 Book Signing for Three Authors

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 Alumna Jessica Leake '07, '08, former Winthrop employee Margaret Garrison and Carol Injaychock will autograph books Nov. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Winthrop Bookstore.
 The signing is free and open to the public.

Arcana by Jessica Leake
Prez by Margaret Garrison
Matters of the Heart by Carol

Winthrop Bookstore will host a book signing for three authors with Winthrop ties during 2014 Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, Nov. 15 starting at 10 a.m.

Alumna Jessica Leake '07, '08, former Winthrop employee Margaret Garrison and Carol Fore Injaychock, wife of Center for Career & Civic Engagement Associate Director Thomas Injaychock, will autograph their works Nov. 15 inside the bookstore. Copies of the books will be available for purchase at the event.

Read below for more information about the authors' works:

Arcana by Jessica Leake – Set in London in 1905, Leake's novel introduces headstrong Katherine Sinclair, who's just entered the ranks of debutantes vying for suitors. After the unenthusiastic debutante discovers her late mother's diary, however, she realizes the season will involve much more than husband hunting, including magic fueled by the power of the sun (called "arcana").

A resident of Greenville, South Carolina, Leake earned her B.S.W. and M.S.W. degrees in social work at Winthrop. She worked previously as a psychotherapist before becoming an author and stay-at-home mother.

Prez: A Story of Love
by Margaret Garrison
– Garrison's book centers around one year in the life of a female university president at fictitious Wickfield University in North Carolina. Readers may find faint echoes of Winthrop in some of the book's campus descriptions, particularly those for Wellstone, Wickfield's administration building, which has remnants of a 19th-century basement stockade room for convict laborers.

Though the novel is a work of fiction, Garrison drew inspiration from her work as assistant to the president at Winthrop in the 1980s.

Matters of the Heart: A Cancer Journey by Carol Injaychock – A breast cancer diagnosis on her 45th birthday forced Injaychock, raised a Christian, to wrestle with some of life's biggest questions, especially the notion of heavenly afterlife. The diagnosis led to a yearlong journey of reflection and discussion with God – a journey that made her realize she doubted as many things as she believed. Matters of the Heart chronicles this dark but enlightening journey.

Injaychock, a breast cancer survivor, shares her struggles on her blog. She and her husband, Winthrop employee Thomas Injaychock, reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

      The Nov. 15 book signing is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Winthrop Bookstore at 803/323-3800 or

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