Beaufort Celebrates the Pat Conroy at 70 Festival October 29th-31st

BEAUFORT, SC—For New York Times best-selling author Pat Conroy, his adoptive hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, has become as much his literary muse as his residence. Following the occasion of Conroy’s seventieth birthday on October 26, 2015, the Pat Conroy at 70 Festival will be an opportunity to celebrate the remarkable legacy of this Lowcountry literary icon alongside a pantheon of stars of the page and stage, all coming to Beaufort for this once-in-a-lifetime special event. Those scheduled to appear include actors David Keith and Michael O’Keefe; best-selling writers Cassandra King, Ron Rash, Mary Alice Monroe, and Patti Callahan Henry; artist Jonathan Green; historian and radio host Walter Edgar; four of Conroy’s siblings; his former students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers; writers in Conroy’s Story River Books fiction imprint including Katherine Clark, Pam Durban, Ellen Malphrus, Mark Powell, Bernie Schein, and John Warley; and many more.
To be held on Thursday, October 29, through Saturday, October 31, the Pat Conroy at 70 Festival will be centered around the University of South Carolina Beaufort’s Center for the Arts. The three-day festival features a screening of the film adaptation of The Great Santini; a museum exhibition of materials from the Pat Conroy Archive; author talks, readings, and discussions; and the launch of the new book Conversations with the Conroys: Interviews with Pat Conroy and His Family; and a special interview with Pat Conroy himself; all culminating with Pat Conroy’s birthday party to be held at the Beaufort History Museum.
For a list of festival presenters, travel partners, sponsors, and a complete schedule of all festival events—including ticket information per event, per day, or for all weekend—visit

The Pat Conroy at 70 Festival is organized in partnership between the University of South Carolina Press, the University of South Carolina Beaufort Center for the Arts, the Beaufort Film Society, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Beaufort History Museum, and the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books, University of South Carolina Libraries. This event is made possible by the generous support of the sponsors listed here.