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The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Visiting Writers Series welcomes novelist Bren McClain, author of One Good Mama Bone, in conversation with novelist, Beaufort County native, and Pat Conroy’s Beaufort High School student Valerie Sayers. This event is free and open to the public; books will be available for sale and autographing.

First-time novelist McClain draws on her family’s history in the rural South to create a cast of deeply relatable characters, both human and animal, who readers will find themselves rooting for until the very last page.—Booklist, starred review

Published in Pat Conroy’s Story River Books imprint and featuring a foreword by best-selling writer Mary Alice Monroe, One Good Mama Bone is a Spring Okra Book (a booksellers’ favorite) of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and a May 2017 Pulpwood Queens Book Club Selection. Book details: www.brenmcclain.com

The Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Visiting Writers Series is sponsored in part by a generous gift from the Pulpwood Queens book club.

About the Author:

Bren McClainBren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. McClain won the 2016 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress for “Took” and was a finalist in the 2012 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award for Novel-in-Progress for “One Good Mama Bone.”

About the Interviewer:

Valerie SayersBeaufort native Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, The Powers. Brain Fever and Who Do You Love? were named “Notable Books” by the New York Times, and a film, Due East, was based on Due East and How I Got Him Back. Her stories and essays appear widely and have received a Pushcart Prize and citations from Best American Stories and Best American Essays. Recipient of an NEA fellowship in literature, Sayers is professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.

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