Pat Conroy Center to host conversation with travel writers

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From staff reports

The Pat Conroy Literary Center will host a virtual conversation from 6 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, June 1 with Bill Thompson, author of Why Travel? A Way of Being, A Way of Seeing.

Thompson will be joined in conversation with Lynn and Cele Seldon, travel writers based in Beaufort and the authors of guidebooks to Charleston and Savannah.

The free program will be live-streamed on the Conroy Center’s Facebook page, Attendees can also join the authors on Zoom for a more interactive experience by registering in advance through the Conroy Center’s Facebook page or at

About the book

In Why Travel? A Way of Being, A Way of Seeing, Thompson writes about one subject as a way of exploring a multitude of others. With 40 years’ experience as an insatiable world wanderer and travel writer, he guides readers in discovering new ways of seeing themselves, as travelers, individuals, and world citizens, buttressing his approach with personal experience, practical advice, arresting anecdotes and real-world stories.

About the authors

A former writer and editor for the Charleston Post and Courier, Thompson has written widely on every aspect of travel, from urban adventures to wilderness basics. His explorations span 40 years on six continents, including 48 of the 50 U.S. States, and have produced more than 70 published articles.

Also a free-lance arts and book critic, he is the author of Art and Craft: 30 Years on the Literary Beat and is currently at work on a book on motion picture history.

For more information on Thompson, visit

Lynn and Cele Seldon have spent more than 30 years covering all aspects of travel. Along with a half-dozen books, their work has appeared in Southern Living, Taste of the South, Local Palate, Cruise Travel, South Carolina Living, TrailBlazer,, USA Today, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Charlotte Observer, various in-flight publications, and many AAA magazines. They are the authors of 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die and 100 Things to Do in Savannah Before You Die.

For more information, visit

The Pat Conroy Literary Center is located at 601 Bladen Street in Beaufort and open to the public for tours from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays, or other times by appointment.

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