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Georgetown County Library, SC


As part of the Southern Writers Book Club series at the Georgetown County Public Library, Waterfront Books will host Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt for a free public discussion of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, co-edited by Haupt and novelist Nicole Seitz.

The beloved author of The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, and The Prince of Tides, New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945–2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his 50-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy in Our Prince of Scribes, 67 of Conroy’s fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on 20th- and 21st-century literary life in and well beyond the American South.

Our Prince of Scribes has been honored as the Silver Medal Winner for Best Regional Nonfiction by the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards, the First Place Winner for Best Nonfiction Anthology in the 2019 International Book Awards, a Fall 2018 Okra Pick of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, a 2018 official selection of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, and a reading list recommendation of Deep South Magazine and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Book sales of Our Prince of Scribes help support the educational mission of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center.

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“Our Prince of Scribes isn’t just a collection of homages but also a delightful introduction to Conroy’s vast and talented circle of friends.”—Washington Post

“A moving tribute to the legacy of one of the South’s brightest lights.”–Garden & Gun’s Talk of the South

“The 2016 loss of acclaimed author Pat Conroy hit hard with readers, but none more so than his peers. In this book, authors who revered Conroy for his storytelling share their memories and stories of his life in an epic, vibrant way. Their candor gives readers a better view of the man behind so many of the Southern stories that have come to be classics–and, in the telling, create a classic of their own.”–It’s a Southern Thing

About our Presenter

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Pat Conroy. With novelist and artist Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, awarded a Silver Medal for Best Regional Nonfiction by the Independent Publisher Book Awards. Haupt’s articles, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post & Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Pink magazine, Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine, Fall Lines literary journal, and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. He serves as an associate producer and consultant to the SCETV author interview program By the River, on the board of directors of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, on the American Writers Museum affiliates steering committee, and on the South Carolina Humanities advisory committee.

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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