Pat Conroy Literary Festival
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Technical College of the Lowcounty – Beaufort, SC

Join us as the Pat Conroy Literary Festival welcomes New York Times best-selling novelist Mary Alice Monroe and fellow conservationist, “turtle lady,” and author Sally R. Murphy for a lively conversation about their dedication to preserving our lowcountry environment and educating others about the beautiful, precarious nature world in which we live.

This conversation will be moderated by Ellen Malphrus, USCB writer in residence and the author of the novel Untying the Moon.

This is a ticketed special event, $15/person. Books will be available for sale and signing after the discussion.

Venue is Technical College of the Lowcountry, MacLean Hall, 104 Reynolds Street, Bldg 12, Beaufort, SC
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Praise for Mary Alice Monroe’s newest novel, The Summer Guests:

“Following the dramatic arc of the hurricane’s progress, from buildup to landfall to dispersal, The Summer Guests escalates to a satisfying resolution. Loyal readers will recognize Monroe’s signature love of animals, while fans of Elin Hilderbrand and Wendy Wax will enjoy the picturesque setting and heartwarmingly intertwined character arcs.”–

“The Summer Guests in an intimate and wise novel about what matters most in our lives. Mary Alice Monroe writes with great wit and wisdom about what happens when both human nature and the natural world collide. A fierce hurricane bears down on the southeastern coast sending five people evacuating to one friend’s farm in the North Carolina mountains. As the storm gathers force so do the emotions, confrontations and decisions of the summer guests. In the end, they will each leave as altered as the coast they escaped. Mary Alice Monroe writes a story that will make you both feel and understand—a rare combination. Transformational and poignant, this page-turner is your summer’s must-read!”–Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of Becoming Mrs. Lewis

Praise for Sally R. Murphy’s Turning the Tide:

“Sally Murphy’s memoir, Turning the Tide, is a priceless record of a heroic battle for nature, led by one of South Carolina’s foremost conservationists. The stories are compelling, funny and inspiring. They are proof, if there is any doubt, that one person can change the course of history, and that there is hope for the future of the wildlife on our human-dominated planet.”–Dana Beach, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus, Coastal Conservation League.

“Sally Murphy is a pioneering woman with nerves of steel and a heart of gold. When her passion for protecting animals and nature took her into danger, and when people scorned her for it, Sally rocked on. And for that, Sally deserves our thanks. She’s a role model and a beacon. And this story is very much here own.”–Carl Safina, author of Voyage of the Turtle and A Sea in Flames.

Photos as well as  short bios of all festival presenters are on the Presenter Page.
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