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Katherine Clark, Sonny Brewer and Jonathan Haupt - "Prince of Our Scribes"

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Author talk with Katherine, Jonathan, and Sonny. Sharing stories about Pat Conroy.

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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 in Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, 67 of his fellow writers honor his memory as friend, mentor, and champion. Volume co-editor and executive director of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center Jonathan Haupt will discuss Conroy as lifelong teacher with fellow Our Prince of Scribes contributing writers Sonny Brewer and Katherine Clark. Through their remembrances, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of Pat Conroy comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man.

PRAISE FOR OUR PRINCE OF SCRIBES

"A moving tribute to the legacy of one of the South's brightest lights."—Garden & Gun's Talk of the South

“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

“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.... A fitting tribute to a unique, significant writer and man.”—Kirkus Reviews

"Honoring the acclaimed writer and compassionate man, Pat Conroy (1945-2016), Our Prince of Scribes is a collection of essays by individuals closest to Conroy, providing a multifaceted and organic look into the life of a truly Southern author. This collection is a unique and humanizing tribute to a man who was dedicated to the crafts of storytelling and teaching."--Deep South Magazine

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS

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.

Katherine Clark holds an A.B. degree in English from Harvard and a Ph.D. in English from Emory. She is the coauthor of the oral biographies Motherwit: An Alabama Midwife’s Story, with Onnie Lee Logan, and Milking the Moon: A Southerner’s Story of Life on This Planet, a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle award, coauthored with Eugene Walter. Clark is the author of the four-volume Mountain Brook series of novels published by UCS Press’ Story River Books, beginning with The Headmaster’s Darlings, winner of the 2015 Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction.

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press. With novelist Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, Haupt's articles, book reviews, and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Beaufort Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle magazine, Southern Writers magazine's Suite T blog, 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, and on the American Writers Museum affiliates steering committee.

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