Fans of Pat Conroy will enjoy this unique opportunity to revisit their favorite author and hear the poignant and funny recollections of their life together from his widow and fellow author, Cassandra King Conroy.
This new volume of Pat Conroy’s nonfiction brings together some of the most charming interviews, magazine articles, speeches, and letters from his long literary career. Ranging across diverse subjects, such as favorite reads, the challenge of staying motivated to exercise, and processing the loss of dear friends, Conroy’s memorable essays offer a unique window into the life and thoughts of this bestselling Southern author.
Cassandra King, a novelist and consummate storyteller in her own right, met Pat Conroy when she asked him to write a blurb for her first novel, “Making Waves in Zion.” The book came out in 1995, but the two didn’t become a couple until two years later. They married in 1998.
As a writer, King Conroy most admired her husband’s “descriptive mastery,” and said he was as much a poet as a novelist. But beyond the lyricism of the words, there was the ability to tell a compelling story, one to which his readers could relate, even if it meant sharing some of the most painful moments of his life, she said. Conroy wrote eleven books, including The Water is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, My Losing Season, Beach Music, South of Broad, and The Death of Santini before his death in March of 2016 at the age of seventy.
Funny stories, fond remembrances and the wit that made this marriage a union of two soulmates are evident in King Conroy’s introduction. This moving tribute, lovingly compiled by his widow, is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan and remain a lasting testament to one of the best-loved masters of contemporary American letters.
Doors open at 1:30pm, booksigning to follow.
About Cassandra King Conroy:
Author of five novels, a book of nonfiction, numerous short stories, magazine articles and essays, Cassandra is a native of L.A. (Lower Alabama). Her first novel, Making Waves, has been through numerous printings since its release in 1995. Her USA Today and NY Times bestselling second novel, The Sunday Wife, was a People magazine Page-Turner, a South Carolina’s Readers Circle choice, named as one of Book Sense’s top reading group selections, and chosen by the Nestle Corporation for a national campaign promoting reading groups. The Same Sweet Girls, also a NY Times bestseller, was a number one Book Sense selection on release. Both novels were nominated for SIBA’s Book of the Year award. Moonrise was a SIBA Okra Pick and bestseller, as was The Same Sweet Girls Guide to Life: Advice from a Failed Southern Belle. She resides in the low country of South Carolina.
Part of the Edgar B. Hollis Distinguished Speaker series sponsored by the Edgar B. Hollis Testamentary Trust and the Newnan Carnegie Library Foundation.
Praise for A Lowcountry Heart
“Fans of Conroy . . . will relish the chance to spend more time with him in this glowing valedictory to his life and writing . . . Eloquent, folksy, and sometimes brutally honest.”—Publishers Weekly
“Elegant essays [that] will not disappoint.”—The Washington Post
“Resplendent . . . As always, his storytelling, word choice and rhythm are gorgeous, almost lyrical.”—USA Today