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Launch for Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
Rose Hill Mansion
Bluffton, SC
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Launch for Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy
Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy will be published on September 18. Join us for the first South Carolina book signing for this new anthology celebrating the writing and teaching life of Pat Conroy.

More than a dozen of the collection's 67 contributing writers will be on hand for this reception and signing at historic Rose Hill Mansion in Bluffton, South Carolina--including: coeditors Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, Will Balk, Alexia Helsley, Stephanie Austin Edwards, David Lauderdale, Bernie Schein, Maggie Schein, Margaret Evans, Debbi Covington, Lynn Seldon, Scott Graber, John Warley, and Ellen Malphrus.

The reception will be catered by Debbi Covington and your ticket price includes a copy of Our Prince of Scribes (a $30 value). Additional copies will be available for sale during the reception along with books by our participating contributing writers.

NOTE: Because Rose Hill Mansion is located in a private, gated community, advance registration is required by September 15. No onsite registration will be possible. Thank you for your kind consideration.

"Pat Conroy was a force for good in our world. With courage and grace, he brought the gifts of the devastating beauty of his writing and his transcendent vision of the human heart to the lives of the readers he touched and the writers he inspired."--Barbra Streisand, from her foreword

"Pat Conroy could write with an elegance that made most writers either envious or hopeless, yet was generous and encouraging, a champion. If a man can live in memory, it is Pat Conroy."--Rick Bragg

"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

"In reading this collection, I felt Pat Conroy come back to life--his heroism, his kindness, his unparalleled generosity, his vulnerability, his raunchy, wicked humor, his love for family and the low country."--Dannye Romine Powell author and book editor for the Charlotte Observer)


William A. Balk Jr., veteran bookseller and master gardener, writes for WeeklyHubris.com. He serves on the board of directors of South Carolina Humanities and on the advisory council of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, where he is the volunteer coordinator.

Debbi Covington is an award-winning chef, caterer, and writer. A food columnist for Beaufort, South Carolinas, Lowcountry Weekly, Covington is the author of the cookbooks Celebrate Everything! (Gold Medal Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award), Dining under the Carolina Moon, and, most recently, Celebrate Beaufort.

A Beaufort High School classmate of Pat Conroys, Stephanie Austin Edwards, a former dancer and costumer, is a novelist, writing teacher, and author consultant, and volunteer at the Pat Conroy Literary Center. Her debut novel, What We Set in Motion, won a Best Submission Award at the Atlanta Writers Club Conference.

Margaret Evans is the editor and publisher of Lowcountry Weekly, where she pens her South Carolina Press Association Awardwinning column Rants & Raves. She is the former editor of Beaufort magazine and former assistant to Pat Conroy.

Author and attorney Scott Graber lives and writes in Beaufort, South Carolina, with his wife, the artist Susan Graber. A Citadel classmate and longtime friend of Pat Conroys, Graber is the author of the novels Malachi and Ten Days in Brazzaville.

Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press. His book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Lowcountry Weekly, Fall Lines, and the Conroy Centers Porch Talk blog.

Pat Conroy's Beaufort High School classmate Alexia Jones Helsley is an American archivist and historian who currently serves as senior instructor of history and university archivist at the University of South Carolina Aiken. She is the author of several nonfiction books, including Beaufort, South Carolina: A History and Wicked Beaufort.

David Lauderdale is a columnist and senior editor for the Hilton Head Island Packet and the Beaufort Gazette.

Ellen Malphrus, the author of the novel Untying the Moon, lives and writes in her native Carolina lowcountry and southwest Montana. A student of James Dickey, she is writer-in-residence and professor of English at the University of South Carolina Beaufort.

Lynn Seldon, a VMI graduate, is a longtime travel journalist. He has written more than a thousand magazine features and has published six books on travel. His first novel was Virginias Ring; his second novel, Carolinas Ring, will be published in 2019. With his wife and fellow travel writer, Cele, he is co-author of the guidebook 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die.  

Bernie Schein, retired educator and Beaufort native, is the author of the novel Famous All Over Town and the memoirs Santinis Hero (forthcoming) and If Holden Caulfield Were in My Classroom: Inspiring Love, Creativity, and Intelligence in Middle School Kids and, with his wife, Martha Schein, coauthor of Open Classrooms in the Middle School.

Maggie Schein, research director of the Humanities and Liberal Arts Assessment Lab at Harvard University and Research Fellow at The Citadel, holds a Ph.D. in ethics from the University of Chicagos Committee on Social Thought. She is the author of Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves, an expanded edition of which includes illustrations by Jonathan Hannah and a foreword by Scheins godfather, Pat Conroy.

Nicole Seitz is the author of seven novels, including The Spirit of Sweetgrass, Trouble the Water, A Hundred Years of Happiness, Saving Cicadas, The Inheritance of Beauty, Beyond Molasses Creek, and most recently The Cage-maker. Seitzs short fiction, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous publications and anthologies.

John Warley is a graduate of The Citadel and the University of Virginia School of Law. Now a full-time writer, he divides his time between Beaufort, South Carolina, and San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Warley is the author of the novels Bethesdas Child, The Moralist, The Moralist II, A Southern Girl, and The Home Guard (forthcoming), and of the nonfiction book Stand Forever, Yielding Never: The Citadel in the 21st Century.


Rose Hill Mansion (View)
199 Rose Hill Way
Bluffton, SC 29910
United States


Arts > Literary

Minimum Age: 21
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Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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