Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Our Prince of Scribes: Writer’s Who Remember Pat Conroy” Edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, Part of SUZY APPROVED BOOK TOURS
ABOUT PAT CONROY
Release Date: September 18, 2018, University of Georgia Press
About The Book & Pat Conroy:
New York Times best-selling writer Pat Conroy (1945-2016) inspired a worldwide legion of devoted fans numbering in the millions, but none are more loyal to him and more committed to sustaining his literary legacy than the many writers he nurtured over the course of his fifty-year writing life. In sharing their stories of Conroy, his fellow writers honor his memory and advance our shared understanding of his lasting impact on twentieth- and twenty-first-century literary life in and well beyond the American South.
Conroy’s was a messy fellowship of people from all walks of life. His relationships were complicated, and people and places he thought he’d left behind often circled back to him at crucial moments. The pantheon of contributors includes Pulitzer Prize winners Rick Bragg and Kathleen Parker; Grammy winners Barbra Streisand and Janis Ian; Lillian Smith Award winners Anthony Grooms and Mary Hood; National Book Award winner Nikky Finney; James Beard Foundation Award winners Nathalie Dupree and Cynthia Graubart; a corps of New York Times best-selling authors, including Ron Rash, Sandra Brown, and Mary Alice Monroe; Conroy biographers Katherine Clark and Catherine Seltzer; longtime Conroy friends Bernie Schein, Cliff Graubart, John Warley, and Walter Edgar; Pat’s students Sallie Ann Robinson and Valerie Sayers; members of the Conroy family; and many more.
Each author in this collection shares a slightly different view of Conroy. Through their voices, a vibrant, multifaceted portrait of him comes to life and sheds new light on the writer and the man. Loosely following Conroy’s own chronology, the essays in Our Prince of Scribes wind through his river of a story, stopping at important ports of call. Cities he called home and longed to visit, along with each book he birthed, become characters that are as equally important as the people he touched and loved along the way.
Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Our Prince of Scribes” “Writers Remember Pay Conroy” Edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt PART OF SUZY APPROVED BOOK TOUR
After reading “Our Prince of Scribes” Edited by Nicole Seitz and Jonathan Haupt, I wished that I had the opportunity to meet Pat Conroy while he was alive. I can see from the contributions of all the authors, that Pat Conroy was a generous, kind, helpful and loyal friend to Authors and Writers. In addition, there were actresses and screen writers who paid tribute.
I especially enjoyed reading excerpts from the authors that I have read their books, and am familiar with them. Each one told their story of their connection to Pat Conroy and the literary world. In Kathy L. Murphy’s, “My Hero”, I appreciated how Pat Conroy was a special friend. I was so touched by Bren McClain’s “A Circle Lit in Holy Light”. Nicole Seitz, Barbara Streissand, Janis Ian, Patti Callahan Henry, Mary Alice Monroe, Sandra Brown, and so many wonderful contributors to list, individually all were so very fond of Pat Conroy. They all had the same things to say, Pat would call each one, and let them know it was his responsibility to keep up the friendship in his special way.
“The Prince of Scribes” was an educator, and had certain ideals that he fought for. Although Pat, grew up in an abusive household, especially from his father, he was able to redirect his anger to the written word. He would never be the man to raise his hand to a woman or child. After his books were made into movies, he didn’t consider himself, above anyone else. There was no jealousy, just the urge to help another writer.
One of the cute contributions that shows his sense of play and humor comes from his loving wife. On Page 266 from Cassandra King Conroy,”His usual response when someone asked about my writing was to say his wife wrote pornography while he wrote only Christian fiction. He once announced to a packed audience at the Miami Book Festival that I was the author (then unknown) of “Fifty Shades of Grey” Next to him on stage, I snorted, “You wish, “ I said. Oh, Pat.”
I would highly recommend this entertaining and wonderful book filled with memories, friendship and stories of “Our Prince of Scribes”-Pat Conroy.