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Pat Conroy Literary Center

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October 2017

Pat Conroy Literary Festival – October 19-22, 2017

October 19 - October 22
USC Beaufort Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The second annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival will be held on October 19–22 in beautiful Beaufort, South Carolina. Join us as we celebrate Pat Conroy’s legacy as student and teacher through this year’s festival theme of The Transformative Power of Education. Extending the remarkable conversations and experiences which began at the Pat Conroy at 70 festival and birthday celebration in October 2015, the Pat Conroy Literary Festival will continue to honor the writing life of Pat Conroy (1945–2016) in his adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina.

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Bernard Powers Discusses David Robertson’s Denmark Vesey

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System, presents CAROLINA ON MY MIND, a five-book Let’s Talk about It discussion series supported by a grant from South Carolina Humanities. Each free public event will feature a different visiting scholar or discussion leader presenting on book representative of the South Carolina experience. Copies of all five books featured in this series will be available for circulation through Beaufort County Library’s main branch, thanks in part to the South Carolina State Library. BOOK 2: David Robertson's Denmark Vesey: The Buried Story of America's Largest Slave Rebellion and the Man Who Led It Discussion leader: Bernard Powers

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Porch Talk Live: J.C. Sasser in Conversation with Jonathan Haupt

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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Presented as a Porch Talk Live! special event, the Pat Conroy Literary Center's Visiting Writers Series welcomes J.C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird, a debut southern gothic novel about the bonds of family and the boundaries of forgiveness. J.C. will appear in conversation with Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt. Sponsored in part by the Pulpwood Queens book club and presented in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System, NeverMore Books, Lowcountry Weekly, and the Historic Beaufort Foundation, this event is free and open to the public---and presented in two parts: 5:00-6:00 p.m., discussion program at the Beaufort County Library System's main branch library (311 Scott St., Beaufort, SC) 6:00-7:00 p.m., book signing and wine reception with light refreshments at NeverMore Books (702 Craven St, Beaufort, SC)

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November 2017

Daniel Cross Turner Discusses Padgett Powell’s Edisto

November 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System, presents CAROLINA ON MY MIND, a five-book Let’s Talk about It discussion series supported by a grant from South Carolina Humanities. Each free public event will feature a different visiting scholar or discussion leader presenting on book representative of the South Carolina experience. Copies of all five books featured in this series will be available for circulation through Beaufort County Library’s main branch, thanks in part to the South Carolina State Library. BOOK 3: Padgett Powell's Edisto: A Novel Discussion leader: Daniel Cross Turner

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“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries (Anderson, SC)

November 6 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Anderson County Library, 300 N McDuffie St
Anderson, SC 29621 United States
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Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat's own personal library played in his writing life.

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Pat Conroy: A Reverence for Teaching (Beaufort County Library System: Hilton Head Branch)

November 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beaufort County Libraries, Hilton Head Branch, 11 Beach City Road
Hilton Head, SC 29926 United States
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Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will share stories of Conroy’s transformational years as a student at Beaufort High School and later as a teacher at BHS and on Daufuskie Island. This free presentation includes audio and video clips, photographs, and both published and unpublished excerpts by and about Conroy (1945-2016), the best-selling author of a dozen novels and memoirs...

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David Preston Discusses Walter Edgar’s Partisans & Redcoats

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System, presents CAROLINA ON MY MIND, a five-book Let’s Talk about It discussion series supported by a grant from South Carolina Humanities. Each free public event will feature a different visiting scholar or discussion leader presenting on book representative of the South Carolina experience. Copies of all five books featured in this series will be available for circulation through Beaufort County Library’s main branch, thanks in part to the South Carolina State Library. BOOK 4: Walter Edgar's Partisans and Redcoats: The Southern Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution Discussion leader: David Preston

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center events – Day 1

November 16 @ 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Bluffton Library, 120 Palmetto Way
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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Join us as the Pat Conroy Literary Center presents two back-to-back sessions at the second annual Bluffton Book Festival from 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 16, at the Bluffton Branch Library. Free and open to the public, the program will feature Cassandra King Conroy; Story River Books authors Bren McClain, Ellen Malphrus, Bernie Schein, and Maggie Schein; with Ed Williams.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center events – Day 2

November 17 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Pat Conroy Literary Center presents four workshops at the Bluffton Book Festival. All of them are on the second day of the festival November 17, 2017 spanning from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. They are listed here with links to each event.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center – Haiku workshop

November 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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This poetry workshop offers the overview of the history of haiku through insightful examples written originally in Japanese and English. The participants will be engaged in the appreciation of haiku craft through thought-provoking quizzes and exercises. Participants will also be invited to write new haiku and will leave the workshop with the inspiration to read, write, and enjoy this engaging form of poetry.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center – Storyboard SC workshop

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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Few people have a whole book in them, but everyone has life stories—moments of their lives, begging to be captured and shared. Author and publisher Susan Kammeraad-Campbell, creator of Storyboard America, will help you tap into your memories and creativity and show you how you can write your story one “pearl” at a time. Through innovative, often playful, methods developed by Kammeraad-Campbell, participants will be amazed at what percolates to the surface and onto the page.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center – Creative Genius workshop

November 17 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Bluffton Boundary, 21 Boundary Street
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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Are you stuck on a strictly a surface level in your writing or other artistic engagement? Have you become complacent in your creativity? You are not alone. Artists of all disciplines often get in a rut. This can occur when we find a formula that works for us but doesn’t also challenge and expand our sense of self. Reconnecting with our creative genius brings us deeper into both our inner child and our higher mind.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center – Marketing workshop

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Greater Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, 217 Goethe Road
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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Book marketing has changed forever. In this workshop, author and consultant Stephanie Austin Edwards will offer insights for writers to effectively and efficiently focus their own marketing efforts on what sells books and builds meaningful visibility in an often crowded marketplace.

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Bluffton Book Festival: Pat Conroy Literary Center – Children’s Book Market workshop

November 17 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bluffton Boundary, 21 Boundary Street
Bluffton, SC 29910 United States
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Have you ever wanted to write a children’s book of your own? How hard can it be to create a successful 32-page picture book? Let’s find out. Join children’s book author and former children’s librarian and book reviewer Fran Hawk for an insightful, instructive overview from experiences in the ever-changing children’s book market. Open to interested creators at any level of experience.

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Nicole Seitz in Conversation with Bill Thompson

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center's Visiting Writers Series welcomes Nicole Seitz, author and artist of The Cage-maker, an illustrated and epistolary historic mystery set in turn-of-the-twentieth-century New Orleans. Nicole will appear in conversation with freelance writer and former Charleston Post and Courier books editor Bill Thompson.

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Rebecca T. Godwin Discusses her novel Keeper of the House

November 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Beaufort County Library, 311 Scott Street
Beaufort, SC 29902 United States
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The Pat Conroy Literary Center, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library System, presents CAROLINA ON MY MIND, a five-book Let’s Talk about It discussion series supported by a grant from South Carolina Humanities. Each free public event will feature a different visiting scholar or discussion leader presenting on book representative of the South Carolina experience. Copies of all five books featured in this series will be available for circulation through Beaufort County Library’s main branch, thanks in part to the South Carolina State Library. BOOK 5: Rebecca T. Godwin's Keeper of the House Discussion leader: author Rebecca T. Godwin

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January 2018

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries (Charleston County Public Library)

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Charleston County Public Library, 68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
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Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat's own personal library played in his writing life.

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“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries (Florence, SC)

January 28, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Florence County Public Library, 509 S Dargan St
Florence, SC 29506 United States
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Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat's own personal library played in his writing life.

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April 2018

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries (Greenville, SC)

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Greenville County Library System, 25 Heritage Green Place
Greenville, SC 29601 United States
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Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat's own personal library played in his writing life.

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