S.C. Authors, S.C. Books

Citywide Reading Program Focuses on Pat Conroy Book

By Charlie Nutt
Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Pat Conroy’s My Reading Life will be featured in the 2014 One Book, One Columbia program, and a series of events in February will center around the best-selling South Carolina author’s work.

Conroy has had a lifelong love affair with reading, and this memoir is filled with anecdotes of not just books and writers, but also of the people who introduced him to both.

A program, Life with Pat Conroy, is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Township Auditorium. The Fripp Island resident and Citadel graduate will talk about and sign his books.

The Richland Library has a large supply of My Reading Life on hand and has organized a series of book club discussions at various branches throughout February. The library also has e-book, large-print and audio versions, and book club sets are also available.

Among Conroy’s novels are The Prince of Tides, South of Broad and The Great Santini. As part of the One Book, One Columbia celebration, on Feb. 19 the Nickelodeon will show the 1979 adaptation of The Great Santini starring Robert Duvall, who was nominated for a best-actor Oscar for his performance.

Conroy’s latest memoir, The Death of Santini, is on the New York Times best-seller list.

This is the fourth book chosen since the One Book, One Columbia program began in 2011. Belinda Gergel, then a member of City Council, was the prime mover in the venture. Representatives of Richland Library, One Columbia for Arts and History and Jasper magazine currently form the planning team with support from several other organizations.

Clo Cammarata, programs and partnership manager for Richland Library, says the selection committee was looking for a book or author with a Southern connection (and a South Carolina one if possible) with wide appeal to both male and female readers. Conroy, she says, “is definitely celebrated by South Carolina readers.”

More information is available at richlandlibrary.com.


Book signing: Robert A. Fiacco will sign his new book Showing Up to Play: Business & Life Lessons Learned on the Golf Course from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 28 and 4 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 8 at The Book Dispensary. The book contains motivational ideas and actions to help people achieve their dreams. Fiacco is a Colonial Life employee, as well as a motivational speaker and trainer; he recently relocated to Greenville. He blogs at showinguptoplay.com.

Oprah’s new pick: Oprah Winfrey has selected Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings for her next book club pick. The latest issue of Oprah magazine has an interview with Kidd. The novel set in 19th century South Carolina weaves together the stories of a slave girl and a slave owner’s daughter. The book is scheduled for release on January 7. Kidd is the author of the million-selling The Secret Life of Bees.

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