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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University

Free and open to the public, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University and the Pat Conroy Literary Center present a panel discussion with authors John Lane, Ron Rash, George Singleton, and Ashley Warlick–contributing writers to Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy–moderated by the collection’s co-editor Jonathan Haupt. A book signing will follow the discussion. Join us at 6:30 p.m. on September 20 at the Cheezem Education Center at Clemson University (100 Thomas Green Blvd, Clemson, SC).

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. 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 Presenting Writers:

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the founding director of the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors, the Deckle Edge Literary Festival, and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries. With Charleston novelist Nicole Seitz, he is coeditor of the forthcoming anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.


John Lane is a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College and director of the college’s Goodall Environmental Studies Center. Lane is the author of a dozen books of poetry and prose, most recently Coyote Settles the South. His newest book of poems, Anthropocene Blues, was published in 2017. Lane’s first novel, Fate Moreland’s Widow, was published by Story River Books in early 2015. He has won numerous awards, including the 2001 Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment by the Southern Environmental Law Center. In 2011 he won the Glenna Luschei Prairie Schooner Award, and in 2012 Abandoned Quarry won the SIBA Poetry Book of the Year prize. In 2014 Lane was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors. He and his wife, Betsy Teter, are among the co-founders of Spartanburg’s Hub City Writers Project.

Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 pen/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times best-selling novel Serena as well as three other prize-winning novels—One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight—three collections of poems; and four collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 pen/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.


George Singleton has published two novels, a book of advice, and seven col- lections of stories, which include The Half-Mammals of Dixie and Calloustown. He was raised in Greenwood, South Carolina, and educated at Furman University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Singleton has published more than three hundred short stories in the Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, the Georgia Review, One Story, Playboy, Subtropics, the Southern Review, and elsewhere. He has been awarded a Pushcart Prize, the Corrington Award, the Hillsdale Award, and a Guggenheim fellowship. He was inducted into the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Singleton teaches at Wofford College.

Ashley Warlick is the author of four novels—The Arrangement, Seek the Living, The Summer after June, and The Distance from the Heart of Things. Her work has appeared in Redbook, the Oxford American, McSweeney’s, and Garden and Gun, among others. The youngest recipient of the Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship, she has also received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She teaches fiction in the mfa program at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also the buyer at M. Judson Booksellers and Storytellers in Greenville, South Carolina, where she lives with her family.

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