Robert Maynor

Winner of the South Carolina Novel Series prize, Robert Maynor, author of the debut novel The Big Game is Every Night, will be the featured writer in the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s final Open Mic Night of the Year. Free and open to the public, this special event will be held at the Conroy Center (601 Bladen St.) on Thursday, December 14, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Copies of Maynor’s novel will be available for sale and signing.

Open Mic Night is a monthly partnership between the Conroy Center and the statewide South Carolina Writers Association. Maynor’s featured reading will follow short readings (3 to 5 minutes each) by local writers. Interested in reading as part of Open Mic? Sign up in advance by emailing

Robert Maynor lives and writes in a patched-up fish camp on the bank of the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater river in North America. His fiction explores the spectrum of complexities and contradictions in the contemporary American South. His short stories have appeared in Blood Orange Review, BULL, The Carolina Quarterly, and CRAFT, among other outlets. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and he is the past recipient of the Larry Brown Short Story Award and the Coker Fellowship in Fiction from the South Carolina Academy of Authors.

“Written in spare yet evocative prose, Robert Maynor’s The Big Game is Every Night is a quiet and powerful meditation on broken families, fractured friendships, the pain of reckoning with having the thing that most defines you taken away in an instant, and the legacy violence leaves in its wake.”—John Vercher, author of After the Lights Go Out

“One of the most honest works of fiction I have ever read. The Big Game Is Every Night is a bruised and brutal debut about a boy on the precipice of manhood and all the terror it entails. Maynor’s novel made me want to cradle my two sons and never let go.” —J.C. Sasser, author of Gradle Bird 

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