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"I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries
Presented by Jonathan Haupt

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

5:30PM - 6:30PM
Bull Street Library

    Seating is limited. Registration is encouraged. Click on the program title to register or call 912.652.3600.

   “A library could show you everything if you knew where to look.”
     - Pat Conroy, My Reading Life

The author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, Pat Conroy (1945 - 2016) is synonymous with the lowcountry. Executive Director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, Jonathan Haupt, will discuss Conroy as reader - focusing on the importance of his mother Peggy Conroy in fostering Pat’s love of reading and of libraries in continuing that great love over the course of a lifetime.

Through video clips, photographs, and published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy, this presentation welcomes attendees into the book-filled world of one of America’s most beloved writers. The program will also include an overview of the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center and the annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival, October 29 - November 3, 2019.

About the 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; Pink magazine; Beaufort Lifestyle magazine; Shrimp, Collards & Grits magazine; and the Conroy Center’s Porch Talk blog. He is co-editor with Charleston novelist and artist Nicole Seitz of the award-winning anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.