The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center will host the fifth annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention as a series of live and virtual events held from Tuesday, September 21, through Saturday, September 25. This year’s presenting authors include New York Times bestsellers Tamara Winfrey Harris (Dear Black Girl) and Jason Mott (Hell of a Book—as seen on Good Morning, America), award-winning author and editor Lauren Marino (Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History) and the Between Friends Book Club (Novel Women and Novel Women II), 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).
Ideal for book club members, those interested in joining or learning more about book clubs, or anyone eager to
foster a more engaging reading experience, 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 locally through NeverMore Books. Learn more and register for ticketed events at https://patconroyliterarycenter.eventbrite.com
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Tuesday, September 21
7:00-8:00 p.m. Annie McDonnell, founder of the Write Review, will host a Facebook Live interview with DAYLO founder Holland Perryman and Conroy Center executive director Jonathan Haupt at www.facebook.com/Thewritereview. (Free virtual event.)
Wednesday, September 22
7:00-8:00 p.m. Jonathan Haupt will interview Lauren Marino, author of Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History, on the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network at http://tobtr.com/11919960 (Free podcast.)
Thursday, September 23
6:00-7:30 p.m. NeverMore Books will host a conversation with Jason Mott, New York Times bestselling author of Hell of a Book, live in-store at 910 Port Republic St, Beaufort. (Free in-person event; call 843-812-9460 to reserve your seat.)
Friday, September 24
6:00-7:00 p.m. The Conroy Center will host a Facebook Live panel discussion with online book club leaders: Susie McMahon (Luxurious Journeys), Susan Peterson (Sue’s Reading Neighborhood), Mandy Haynes (Pulpwood Queens), Annie McDonnell (The Write Review), Suzanne W. Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Tours), and Tina Hogan Grant (Read More Books) at www.facebook.com/patconroyliterarycenter. (Free virtual event.)
Saturday, September 25
All of Saturday’s events will be held at Building 12 of the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Beaufort campus. NeverMore Books will be on hand for book sales. Register in advance for an all-day pass ($12) and optional catered box lunch ($26) at https://patconroyliterarycenter.eventbrite.com
10:00-11:00 a.m. The Beaufort Chapter of the Pulpwood Queens Book Club will lead a discussion of Pat Conroy’s A Lowcountry Heart.
11:30-12:30 p.m. Tamara Winfrey Harris, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Black Girl, will Zoom in remotely for a conversation with on-stage interviewer, Bluffton Book Festival founder Rockelle Henderson—also featuring members of the Beaufort High School Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization (DAYLO).
12:30-1:45 p.m. Lunch break, with optional gourmet box lunches catered by Debbi Covington.
2:00-3:00 p.m. Lauren Marino, award-winning author of Bookish Broads: Women Who Wrote Themselves into History, will be joined on stage in conversation with book reviewers Holland Perryman and Jonathan Haupt.
3:30-4:30 p.m. Members of the Between Friends Book Club, authors of the book club-inspired novel Novel Women and its newly released sequel will Zoom in for an on-screen conversation.
The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is located at 601 Bladen Street in Beaufort and open to the public for tours from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, or other times by appointment. Learn more at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org.