Join us online on Sunday, November 8, at 10:30 a.m. for a guided tour of our Pat Conroy Literary Center, led by executive director Jonathan Haupt. This virtual tour will be held as part of our fifth annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival. As with our in-person tours, admission is free but donations are welcome.
Transforming lives through stories, the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is South Carolina’s only affiliate of the American Writers Museum and second American Library Association Literary Landmark. Through our virtual tours, you can experience some of the Center’s exhibits from home. Jonathan Haupt, the Conroy Center’s executive director, will lead a 60-minute version of his director’s tour on Zoom, concluding with an interactive audience Q&A. This is your chance to see some of our permanent exhibits and hear stories about Pat Conroy as student, teacher, and writer. Registration is free–but limited.
Register for Zoom at https://bit.ly/30vFX2u
Praise for our virtual tours
“I spent a fabulous hour participating in the virtual tour of the Pat Conroy Literary Center guided by executive director, Jonathan Haupt. He focused on a few exhibits and delved into the meaning behind them. Listening to Pat’s words made you feel like he was coming back to life. I have been a fan for 30+ years. I look forward to the next virtual tour. Thanks for making it a great afternoon!”–Tripadvisor Review
“What a great way to learn about a legend. As a regular visitor to the Conroy Center, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing it through the eyes of the executive director and a friend, confidant, and protégé of Pat’s. Jonathan Haupt led a great virtual tour and I came away with so many more insights into one of my literary heroes.” —Tripadvisor Review
“Thank you! It was my privilege to attend the virtual tour today. I was enthralled, spellbound, and thirsty for every detail. In my opinion (shared by many), Pat Conroy was the most gifted storyteller of a generation. It speaks volumes that you, Jonathan Haupt, are able to share stories of Pat that transport me into his life and experiences and help me to feel that I know him. You are a gifted storyteller, too, telling stories about a beloved storyteller, our Prince of Scribes.”—Susan B.
“Thank you, Jonathan, for a great tour. Through your teaching, many more future writers will be inspired by Pat’s legacy.”—Sandy N.
“What a gift this hour has been! Thank you very much!”—Judith S.
“Your tour was fabulous! As all good storytellers know, the secret is in the details! And listening to Jonathan tell the stories as he walked around the room added a lot of color and detail I wouldn’t have had on my own.”—Marilyn H.
“Loved the tour! Thank you, Jonathan. You’re a great ambassador for Pat Conroy and literacy. I enjoyed learning more about Pat Conroy’s life, friends and family, and world views.”—Brenda B.
“Jonathan, as many times as I’ve been in and around Conroy Center for various events, I’ve never had the pleasure of such a personalized tour! You really bring Pat alive, and do him GREAT honor. What a treasure you are to have shared with us this gem of a literary center. Thanks for all you do for writers and for readers interested in good writing!”—Jayne A.
About our guide
Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the nonprofit Conroy Center and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint with Pat Conroy, named by Garden & Gun magazine as one of “the top ten things to love about the South.” Haupt’s book reviews and author interviews have appeared in the Charleston Post and Courier, Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort Lifestyle, Savannah Morning News’ Beacon magazine, Pink magazine, Southern Review of Books, and Southern Writers Magazine’s Suite T blog. He is co-editor with Nicole Seitz of the anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy, the recipient of a dozen book awards. He is host of the Live from the Pat Conroy Literary Center podcast on the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network and an associate producer of the TELLY Award-winning ETV author interview program By the River. Earlier this year, Haupt was recognized with the Doug Marlette Literacy Leadership Award presented by the Pulpwood Queens, the largest book club in the U.S.
Photos as well as short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.