The Friends of Hunting Island, in partnership with the Pat Conroy Literary Center, will host a drop-in book signing for the newly published coffee table book, Wild Island Nature: Hunting Island State Park and Saint Phillips Island, with author Carol Corbin on Saturday, February 5, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St., Beaufort). Attendance is free and open to the public; copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Book purchases benefit the Friends of Hunting Island and support the organization’s work at Hunting Island.

The Conroy Center will be open to the public on Saturday, February 5, from noon to 4:00 p.m., with free guided tours available for visitors; donations welcome.

“Some places on this earth call us back over and over. They take hold of our hearts and our imaginations, and we return often to remind ourselves of their endlessly reshaped beauty and their wild nature. Hunting Island is such a place.”

'Ghost Crab, Hunting Island' by Evan Fent

‘Ghost Crab, Hunting Island’ by Evan Fent

This island has inspired countless photographers and artists for generations. Now those inspirations have been collected in a new coffee table book, Wild Island Nature, which includes images and text about Hunting Island State Park and Saint Phillips Island.

Because of the rapid changes occurring on Hunting Island, author Carol Corbin felt moved to memorialize and preserve what has been and what’s there now. Over 30 photographers contributed works to the book, and it includes archival images illustrating the island’s history. We also can see in these pages hints of what Hunting Island’s future may be.

'Hunting Island Black Skimmers' by Joan Eckhardt

‘Hunting Island Black Skimmers’ by Joan Eckhardt

In 2017, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism purchased Saint Phillips Island— media mogul Ted Turner’s rustic get away for nearly 40 years. Accessible only by boat, the island has become a sought-after destination for both day trips and week-long stays. This book includes images from Saint Phillips because it is now part of the South Carolina Parks system and overseen by Hunting Island State Park.

Published by Lydia Inglett Publishing/Starbooks, this fine art book is available in two versions—a hardback edition ($45) and a special limited boxed edition ($125). A combination of both editions is available for $150.