First off, let me say: Happy 73rd Birthday, Pat Conroy!
Today, we both celebrate the wonderful, vibrant life of Conroy and mourn his loss. As you’ll come to hear, Conroy was an stirring writer, beloved by many, and the subject of Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy. The collection comes from more than sixty contributors, including Barbra Streisand, Janis Ian, and Conroy’s close friends and family. Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man. Loosely following Conroy’s own chronology, the essays in Our Prince of Scribes wind through his river of a story, stopping at important ports of call. Cities he called home and longed to visit, along with each book he birthed, become characters that are as equally important as the people he touched and loved along the way.
Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt lead the journey as editors of the collection and as panelists at the Decatur Book Festival this past September. In the panel, they discuss their experience with Conroy, read a few excerpts from the book, and participate in an audience Q&A.
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