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Louisiana Book Festival venue, Baton Rouge, LA

Free and open to the public, the Louisiana Book Festival will host a panel discussion with authors Sonny Brewer and Bren McClain–contributing writers to Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy–moderated by the collection’s coeditor, novelist Nicole Seitz. A book signing will follow the discussion at 3:15 p.m. Royalties from book sales for Our Prince of Scribes support the educational mission of the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Join us in downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, November 10. See the complete festival schedule at

Praise for Our Prince of Scribes:

“His wound may have been geography, but his legacy was generosity. That’s the takeaway from this new collection of essays honoring the late Pat Conroy (1945-2016). Novelist Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, pull together a who’s-who of writers from the Lowcountry and beyond for an ode to the real Prince of Tides… A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man.”—Kirkus Reviews

“What could be better than so many voices coming together to celebrate Pat Conroy? This book is a testament to the enormous hold he had on our hearts and minds.”—Ann Patchett, author of Bel Canto and Commonwealth

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About our Presenters:

Nicole Seitz is the author of seven novels, the editor of When You Pass through Waters: Words of Hope and Healing from Your Favorite Authors, and coeditor with Jonathan Haupt of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. Her novels, including The Spirit of Sweetgrass, Trouble the Water, A Hundred Years of Happiness, Saving Cicadas, The Inheritance of Beauty, Beyond Molasses Creek, and most recently The Cage-maker, have received starred reviews, been chosen as books of the month, and been put on “best of” lists for Books-a-Million, the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, IndieNEXT List, Southern Living, Deep South Magazine, Romantic Times, and Library Journal. Her novels have been nominated for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Award. Seitz’s short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies.


Sonny Brewer is the author of four novels, including The Poet of Tolstoy Park, A Sound like Thunder, and The Widow and the Tree. He also edits an anthology series, Stories from the Blue Moon Café. A longtime friend of William Gay, he is editor of Gay’s recently released posthumous novel The Lost Country. Brewer founded Over the Transom Bookstore in Fairhope and its annual literary conference, Southern Writers Reading. He is also founder of the nonprofit Fairhope Center for Writing Arts.


Bren McClainBren McClain is the author of One Good Mama Bone, a novel published by Pat Conroy’s Story River Books. The novel was long-listed for the 2018 Crook’s Corner Book Prize, received a starred review in Booklist, was named a 2017 winter Okra pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA), and selected as the 2018 Pulpwood Queens Book of the Year. A contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, McClain is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship from the South Carolina Arts Commission. She is at work on her next novel, Took, which received the gold medal for the 2016 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress.

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