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Tuesday August 9, 2022 – 6:00-7:00 PM EDT
Price: Free · Duration: 1 hr
Location: Colleton County Memorial Library | 600 Hampton St., Walterboro, SC
Online: Live streamed on the FOSCL Facebook Page

The Colleton County Memorial Library, the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, and the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host an evening with teenage novelist Jeyda Bolukbasi, a rising senior at Colleton Preparatory Academy and author of Tuah and The Phoenix –in conversation with Millie Bennett and Jonathan Haupt.

Free and open to public, this in-person event will be held at the Colleton County Memorial Library (600 Hampton St., Walterboro, SC) with books available for sale and signing. The author conversation will also be live-streamed on the FOSCL Facebook page at

Website: Facebook Event Page.

On the night that she was to earn her Phoenix fire, a young phoenix named Amber discovers that her parents have been killed. Distraught and orphaned, she is left alone to survive the harsh and dangerous Northern winter in her mystical home, the Valley. Once a source of wonder and enchantment for her, the river and mountains she had known all her life were now only a foreign, unforgiving wilderness. When a midland phoenix leads her to the Southern lands to defend against a rival group known as the Radicals, Amber begins to unfold the secrets of the war-stricken father she never really knew, until a harrowing betrayal leaves her alone in the mountains again. Can she find the strength to face the Northern mountains and the secrets that resided in them in one last fight of fire against fire and blood against water?

Jeyda BolukbasiA seventeen-year-old writer and visual artist, Jeyda Bolukbasi is a rising senior at Colleton Preparatory Academy in Walterboro, SC. She is the author of the novels Tuah (2019) and The Phoenix (2022).

Jeyda is the first junior volunteer staff member at the Center for Birds of Prey in Awendaw and a member of the Carolina Bird Club. She was featured on the ETV author interview series By the River:


Millie BennettAn intern of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and the Pat Conroy Literary Center, Millie Bennett is a rising senior at Beaufort High School, as well as a writer, visual artist, singer, and actress. A student in the AP Capstone Program, Millie is also a founding member of the BHS chapter of Letters for Rose, dedicated to reducing loneliness in nursing homes and assisted living residents during the pandemic. In 2020, Millie was selected for the SC Governor’s School for the Arts & Humanities Summer Program for Visual Arts, and in 2021, she participated in the SCAD Summer Sessions for Visual Art, Animation, and Character Development.

Jonathan HauptJonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Conroy Center, the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, and co-editor of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, the recipient of seventeen book awards. He is also a board member of the Friends of South Carolina Libraries.

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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