“Writers of the world, if you’ve got a story, I want to hear it. I promise it will follow me to my last breath.”—Pat Conroy
Although beloved writer Pat Conroy (1945-2016) served as a classroom educator for little more than three years, he remained a teacher and mentor to his fellow writers throughout his lifetime. In this special presentation, see Conroy in action as a teacher through representative remembrances of him excerpted from essays by the 67 contributors to the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. Join Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director and volume co-editor Jonathan Haupt for a behind-the-book discussion of Our Prince of Scribes and of the formative role a meeting with Archibald Rutledge had on 16-year-old Pat Conroy, leading him to become the lifelong mentor encountered in the essay collection. A book signing will follow the presentation; all sales of Our Prince of Scribes benefit the educational mission of the nonprofit Conroy Center.
This event is hosted by Friends of Hampton Plantation State Historic Site – 1950 Rutledge Rd, McClellanville, SC 29458
Praise for Our Prince of Scribes
“A testament to his mentorship and passion for educating others, the book includes essays from more than sixty writers, including Rick Bragg, Nikky Finney, Mary Alice Monroe, Ron Rash, and Sallie Ann Robinson, one of Conroy’s former students on Daufuskie Island. It’s a moving tribute to the legacy of one of the South’s brightest lights.”–Garden & Gun’s Talk of the South
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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. He serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries and on the advisory board of the South Carolina Humanities and the affiliates steering committee of the American Writers Museum. Haupt’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier; Lowcountry Weekly; Fall Lines; Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine; and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog.