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Conroy Center to host Lowcountry Book Club Convention

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Above: Author Tamara Winfrey Harris

From staff reports

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host its fifth annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention as a series of live and virtual events held from Tuesday, Sept. 21, through Saturday, Sept. 25.

This year’s presenting authors include New York Times bestsellers Tamara Winfrey Harris (Dear Black Girl) and Jason Mott (Hell of a Book), award-winning author and editor Lauren Marino (Bookish Broads) and the Between Friends Book Club (Novel Women), in addition to a pantheon of book club and book forum leaders and appearances by the Beaufort chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club and Beaufort High School’s Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization (DAYLO).

Author Jason Mott

Ideal for book club members and those interested in joining or learning more about book clubs, the Lowcountry Book Club Convention is presented in partnership with NeverMore Books and the Technical College of the Lowcountry, and made possible by the generous support of the Pulpwood Queens Books Club, the largest book club in the U.S.

Books by presenting authors will be available through NeverMore Books.

To learn more and register, visit https://bit.ly/3z6pKzf.

SCHEDULE

Tuesday, Sept. 21

7-8 p.m. – Write Review Interview with DAYLO founder Holland Perryman and Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt, in conversation with Annie McDonnell, founder of the Write Review (Live on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Thewritereview). Virtual and free.

Wednesday, Sept. 22

7-8 p.m. – Author Interview with Lauren Marino, author of Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History, in conversation with Jonathan Haupt on the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network (http://tobtr.com/11919960). Podcast. Free.

Thursday, Sept. 23

6-7:30 p.m. – Author Visit with Jason Mott, New York Times bestselling author of Hell of a Book, in conversation with booksellers Lorrie and Dave Anderson, at NeverMore Books (910 Port Republic St, Beaufort) In-person and free. Call NeverMore Books at 843-812-9460 to reserve your seat.

Friday, Sept. 24

6-7 p.m. – Virtual Happy Hour Panel Discussion with online book club leaders: Susie McMahon (Luxurious Journeys), Susan Peterson (Sue’s Reading Neighborhood), Mandy Haynes (Pulpwood Queens), Annie McDonnell (World of the Write Review), Suzanne W. Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Tours) and Tina Hogan Grant (Read More Books), live on the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/patconroyliterarycenter). Virtual and free.

Saturday, Sept. 25

($12 registration fee for access to all Saturday presentations, optional $26 catered box lunch)

10-11 a.m. – Book Club Discussion of Pat Conroy’s A Lowcountry Heart led by the Beaufort Chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (Building 12 auditorium) In-person, ticketed.

11:30-12:30 p.m. – Author Visit with Tamara Winfrey Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Black Girl, in conversation with Bluffton Book Festival founder Rockelle Henderson — and featuring members of the Beaufort High School Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization (DAYLO). (Author Tamara Winfrey Harris will be presenting remotely, live-streamed at the Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium.) Hybrid and ticketed.

12:30-1:45 p.m. – Lunch Break (Optional gourmet box lunches catered by Debbi Covington at the Technical College of the Lowcountry.) In-person, ticketed.

2-3 p.m. – Author Visit with Lauren Marino, award-winning author of Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History, in conversation with book reviewers Holland Perryman and Jonathan Haupt, at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (Building 12 auditorium) In-person, ticketed.

3:30-4:30 p.m. – Author Visit with the Between Friends Book Club, authors of the book club-inspired novel Novel Women (Authors will present remotely, live-streamed at the Technical College of the Lowcountry auditorium.) Hybrid, ticketed.

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