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Jonathan Haupt: | Pat Conroy Literary Center

November 18 and 20 collaborations with Beaufort High School's DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization: 11/18, 5:00-6:00 p.m., free virtual event in conversation w/ bestselling YV novelist Kalynn Bayron, presented with the Bluffton Book Festival. 11/20, 9:30-11:30 a.m., free in-person Teddy Bear Picnic read-along at Pigeon Point Park, Beaufort.

Jonathan Haupt, Executive Director
Pat Conroy Literary Center
601 Bladen St, Beaufort, SC

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is located at 601 Bladen Street in Beaufort and open to the public for tours from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Thursdays through Sundays, or other times by appointment. Learn more at www.PatConroyLiteraryCenter.org.

Conroy Center Welcomes New Student Interns, Hosts Virtual Visit with Kalynn Bayron During Bluffton Book Festival – November 18

The nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center is proud to welcome two new student interns from Pat Conroy’s alma mater, Beaufort High School, senior Alisha Arora and junior Emily “Millie” Bennett. The Conroy Center’s internship program was created by BHS student Holland Perryman, when she was fourteen. Conroy Center interns are mentored by executive director Jonathan Haupt and assist in both in-person and virtual public educational programming for writers, readers, students, and teachers, while learning about writing, literature, marketing, and arts leadership.

Arora and Bennett are both members of BHS’s Interact Club and also DAYLO: Diversity Awareness Youth Literacy Organization, a student service club founded by Perryman, inspired by her experiences with social justice and inclusivity-themed programs of the Conroy Center’s annual March Forth, including a conversation earlier this year with bestselling Young Adult novelist Kalynn Bayron about her debut book Cinderella Is Dead.

Bayron returns (virtually) to the Conroy Center on Thursday, November 18, at 5:00 p.m., to discuss her new novel This Poison Heart in conversation with Holland Perryman, Alisha Arora, and Millie Bennett, as part of the 6th annual Bluffton Book Festival. The students will be joined by their mentor Jonathan Haupt. This free virtual event is presented in collaboration with the Conroy Center and DAYLO. Registration is now open at https://aneveningwithkalynnbayron.eventbrite.com.

About This Poison Heart and Kalynn Bayron
Briseis has a gift: with a single touch she can grow plants from tiny seeds to rich blooms. When Briseis’s aunt dies and wills her a dilapidated estate in rural New York, Bri and her parents hope that surrounded by plants and flowers, she will finally learn to control her gift. But their new home is sinister in ways they never expected―it comes with a mysterious set of instructions, a walled garden filled with the deadliest botanicals in the world, and generations of secrets. There is more to Bri’s sudden inheritance than she could have imagined, and she is determined to uncover it. From the bestselling author of Cinderella Is Dead comes an enchanting story about a young woman with the power to conquer the dark forces descending around her.

“Bayron weaves science and Greek mythology into a captivating lore that lends weight to this fantastical contemporary story. She conjures entertaining and realistic dialogue and attentive characterization, while incisive descriptions and sumptuous prose evoke a wonderfully gothic atmosphere.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This Poison Heart masterfully weaves a unique story grounded in the depths of Greek mythology and Black girlhood, ideal for lovers of folklore or those who enjoy the thrill of a well-paced and unanticipated adventure.”—Booklist, starred review

Author Kalynn Bayron is also a classically trained vocalist, and when she’s not writing you can find her listening to Ella Fitzgerald on loop, attending the theater, watching scary movies, and spending time with her kids. She lives in San Antonio, Texas with her family.

Learn more about the Bluffton Book Festival at www.blufftonbookfestival.com. And learn more about the Pat Conroy Literary Center at www.patconroyliterarycenter.org or in person at 601 Bladen Street, Beaufort (Thursday-Sunday, noon to 4:00 p.m.).

North of the Broad Hosted by Robyn Zimmerman
Filmed On Location at the Pat Conroy Literary Center

November 2021

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