The Prince of Tides’ presence will be felt this week.
Beaufort author Pat Conroy will be celebrated on the bus, in the words of the southern authors he championed, on the screen and in the release of his own new book.
The inaugural Pat Conroy Literary Festival begins Thursday. The festival launches a year after a similar celebration for Conroy’s 70th birthday and more than seven months after Conroy died of pancreatic cancer.
Writing workshops, book and poetry readings and film screenings are on the itinerary. Conroy’s friend Bernie Schein and Schein’s daughter, Maggie, will offer bus tours of Conroy’s Beaufort, with tickets available through the Historic Beaufort Foundation.
Most of the events are ticketed, though some are free. Tickets can be bought through at www.uscbcenterforthearts.com and clicking the link for shows and events.
The festival serves as the kickoff for the Pat Conroy Literary Center at 308 Charles St. There will be an open house at the center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday.
The open house will include materials from the USC Libraries Pat Conroy archive, the Conroy family’s personal collection, video clips from the Beaufort Film Society and a preview of the center’s programs, which begin in 2017.
And then there is the new book.
“A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life” will be unveiled by Conroy’s widow, Cassandra King, and moderator Ellen Malphrus at USC Beaufort starting at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The nonfiction collection of Conroy’s work includes blog posts, articles, speeches and letters.
King wrote the forward.
A closing reception and book signing will follow, with ticket sales from the event benefiting the Pat Conroy Literary Center.