2015 SC Book Festival Preview Event – Understanding Pat Conroy

The SCBook Festival is pleased to announce that New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy and Catherine Seltzer, author of the newly published Understanding Pat Conroy, will appear at a special SCBook Festival Preview Event on Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Columbia, SC.  The event will be a revealing conversation of the autobiographical and creative impulses that drive Conroy’s writing life and is presented by the SCBook Festival in partnership with the University of South Carolina Press.


Conroy, the author of iconic Southern literature such as The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, and most recently the memoir The Death of Santini, often uses his own life as inspiration for his work. Seltzer will discuss with Conroy his influences and inspirations, what role region, race, or gender play in his writing; and the future of literature in a digital age. Understanding Pat Conroy is the first book-length study of his writing life and is published by the University of South Carolina Press in its long-running Understanding Contemporary American Literature series.

“Pat Conroy is the only writer I know who is as passionate about rage as he is about tenderness, and that is what Catherine Seltzer’s profoundly insightful book tells us.”—Terry Kay

Understanding Pat Conroy is full of intelligence and insights that will deepen any reader’s comprehension and appreciation of Conroy’s works.”—Katherine Clark

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — 7:00–10:00 p.m.
South Carolina Book Festival Preview Event with Pat Conroy and Catherine Seltzer
Location: W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall, USC Darla Moore School of Business
1014 Greene St, Columbia, SC
Pat Conroy will appear in conversation with Catherine Seltzer, author of Understanding Pat Conroy. This is event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and autographing following the presentation.



Directions & Parking

The “Understanding Pat Conroy Event” will take place at the University of South Carolina’s Darla Moore School of Business.

From the SC State House:

Head west on Gervais Street toward Assembly Street
Turn left onto Assembly Street
Turn right onto Greene Street
You will see international flags flying along the 4th level overhang on your right which is the Darla Moore School of Business.

Parking: To park in the USC Discovery Parking Garage located on Park Street from Greene Street, take a right at Park Street. Garage is on your left. Parking cost $1 per hour with payment methods including cash and CarolinaCard. Parking is also available along Assembly Street at city meters.

For easy access to The W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall walk the Park Street side of the Darla Moore Building until you see the elevator on left (back side of building). Take elevator up one level and enter building through WW Hootie Johnson Performance Hall entrance. SC Book Festival volunteers will be on hand to direct attendees to the performance hall.