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Porch Talk Live Goes to SoFest with Southern Storytellers Wiley Cash and Radney Foster | by Jonathan Haupt

2017-10-16T22:51:53+00:00 By |

“My impulse as a writer is to have readers enter a novel the same way you enter a dream.”–Wiley Cash

Porch Talk went to the 29th annual Southern Festival of Books in Nashville, TN, for a lively conversation with novelist Wiley Cash (The Last Ballad) and musical guest, singer, songwriter, and author Radney Foster (For You to See the Stars), hosted by […]

What Did You Learn from Pat Conroy? | by Margaret Evans

2017-10-05T00:53:27+00:00 By |

Pat Conroy taught me that there’s something even more transformative than education, and it’s the power of grace.

This Porch Talk originally appeared in The Lowcountry Weekly. 

The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival is almost upon us, and this year’s theme is The Transformative Power of Education. In honor of that rich subject, I asked a random handful of festival presenters to ruminate on “one thing” they learned from Pat Conroy, through his writing or his […]

J.C. Sasser, a Bold New Voice in Southern Gothic Fiction | by Jonathan Haupt

2017-09-28T17:09:14+00:00 By |

 J.C. Sasser

“That’s what it is to be a storyteller. It’s a calling to tell the tales that help us to know who we are.”

Novelist J.C. (Jana) Sasser lives amid the woods and marshes of South Carolina’s Edisto Island, halfway between Beaufort and Charleston and seemingly halfway between the present and the past. Once home to novelist Bren McClain, Sasser’s house is a converted barn that dates at least to the 1930s and is made in part from wood […]

Meet Novelist and Gold Star Daughter Karen Spears Zacharias | by Margaret Evans

2017-08-17T13:44:35+00:00 By |

Karen Spears Zacharias

“Reflecting on Pat stories brings a smile and fills me with a mirth too often missing from life during these turbulent times…. His words were a healing balm I had needed my whole life long.”

Novelist Karen Spears Zacharias is a Georgia-raised Gold Star daughter. Her work as a journalist has been featured in the New York Times and on CNN, National Public Radio, and Good Morning America. Zacharias is the author of eight books, including […]

Exploring the Truth of Fiction with Author and Artist Nicole Seitz | by Jonathan Haupt

2017-08-08T21:39:12+00:00 By |

“We cannot read a book without importing ourselves as characters. This is one of the marvels of fiction. We get to rehearse things on the written page. We get to examine our own motives and lives through books.”

A Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, native, writer and artist Nicole Seitz is the author of six novels, including The Spirit of Sweetgrass, The Inheritance of Beauty, and Beyond Molasses Creek. Nicole’s fiction has been honored by Library Journal, Romantic Times, […]

Mapping the Inner Darkness with Novelist Mark Powell | by Margaret Evans

2017-07-25T00:25:19+00:00 By |

Mark Powell

“After reading Pat Conroy the first time I began to understand there was a larger world I could read my way into, and it was like discovering water at the same moment you realize you are dying of thirst.”

Following this Porch Talk interview, read an exclusive excerpt from Mark Powell’s essay on Pat Conroy, “The Extended Hand.”

Mark Powell is one of my favorite mysteries. I discovered Mark through his novel The Sheltering, published by Pat Conroy’s […]

A Conversation with Best-selling Novelist Patti Callahan Henry | by Margaret Evans

2017-06-26T16:58:12+00:00 By |

Patti Callahan Henry

“Sometimes when I write a novel, I find that I have injected parts of my ‘lost life’ into the story. I have never lived in a small town, and yet I find myself writing about them. It’s as if the lives I never lived travel alongside me and, every once in a while, show up in stories.”

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels, including the The Bookshop at Water’s End, […]

Novelist Michel Stone Explores the Human Stories Behind the Politics of Immigration | by Shelf Awareness (guest post)

2017-06-07T16:54:17+00:00 By |

 Michel Stone

“My primary interest in writing my novels is to examine the power of familial love and family dynamics, and how those dynamics change under hardship. Love, struggle, commitment, sacrifice, pain, joy, parenthood and childhood are universal concepts.”

Novelist Michel Stone is a graduate of Clemson University and a native South Carolinian who has published more than a dozen short stories and essays in various journals and magazines. She was the recipient of the 2011 South Carolina […]

A Conversation with Cassandra King, the Queen of Southern Storytelling | by Jonathan Haupt (guest post)

2017-04-20T13:00:11+00:00 By |

Pat Conroy and Cassandra King, photo by Rob McDonald

Cassandra King and Jonathan Haupt will speak about “A Generous Lowcountry Heart: Building on the Legacy of Pat Conroy” at First Presbyterian Church on Hilton Head Island on Wednesday, April 26th.  Free and open the public, this program will begin at 6:30 pm. An optional dinner will be served at 5:30 pm for a cost of $10. (Dinner reservations are required by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25th; please call 843-681-3696.) First […]