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Dan Conover speaks at the 6th Short Story America Conference on Fiction earlier this month at Dataw Island. Submitted photo.

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Short story conference held again in Beaufort 

The 6th Short Story America Conference on Fiction was held near Beaufort the weekend of November 4-6 at Dataw Island. Short-story writers and novelists from around the country were in town, joining top Lowcountry authors and poets for what has been described as one of the best writers’ conferences in the country. 

The opening reception was downtown at the historic Lewis Reeve Sams House on Bay Street, graciously hosted by owners Gwen and Scott Myers. Conference host Tim Johnston once again praised Beaufort as a perfect town for the short-story literary art form. 

“We’ve held this writers’ conference in Beaufort six times for a reason,” Johnston said. “The Lowcountry is beautiful, has been home to great writers for many decades, and is a natural home for every form of literature. Pat Conroy, Beaufort’s greatest writer and literary legacy, once told me that while he never wrote anything short, the short story was always among his favorite reading experiences.” 

Children’s book to benefit animal rescue 

Local no-kill animal shelters will benefit from author Sheree Richnow’s new children’s picture book, Dixie The Rescue Dog Makes New Friends. The book features 12 rescue dogs from Dixie’s neighborhood. 

Join Dixie and Richnow for book readings and signings at the following locations, dates, and times: 

Dec. 2: During Night on the Town, The Rustic Pup, Beaufort. 

Dec. 3: 10:30 a.m., The Beaufort Bookstore on Boundary Street. 

Dec. 7: 3 p.m., Jumpin’ Jellybeans, Tanger Outlets, Bluffton. 

Dec. 10: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble, Hilton Head Island. 

Dec. 17: 10:30 a.m., Jumpin’ Jellybeans, Tanger Outlets, Bluffton. 

All donations offered during book readings and signings in December will go to Lovable Paws Rescue. 

– From staff reports 

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