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Pat Conroy Literary Center

Pat Conroy was one of the great novelists of the last half-century.

Regular readers of this Not A Blog know what a huge fan of his work I am. No, he did not write science fiction or fantasy... but (surprise!) despite my love for our genre, I read a lot of stuff outside of it. And once I had sampled Pat Conroy, I read every book of his eagerly as soon as it came out. THE PRINCE OF TIDES is probably his masterpiece, but I loved BEACH MUSIC and THE LORDS OF DISCIPLINE and THE GREAT SANTINI and THE WATER IS WIDE as well. Oh, and his non-fiction memoir, MY LOSING SEASON, another engrossing read.

The movies based on his books were pretty damned good as well, even if the film version of THE PRINCE OF TIDES did omit... well... the prince of tides. SANTINI is the best of those. Amazing performance by Robert Duvall, once of the best of his career.

A couple of years ago, I had the honor of meeting Pat, and hosting him for an author event and booksigning at the Jean Cocteau Cinema. It was a rare privilege, and one I will always remember, and I can't tell you how thrilled I was to learn that he'd read and enjoyed my own books.



Pat passed away in March... but his books will live on, and so will his memory.

In his memory, his family has now establishing a Pat Conroy Literary Center in his beloved home town of Beaufort, South Carolina. You can read about it here:

http://patconroyliterarycenter.org/

A worthy project, I think. I'll be donating. I urge all of you who love good writing to do the same.

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( 17 comments )
VoiceFromSewer
Jun. 16th, 2016 06:28 am (UTC)
the value of melancholy
I smile at your mood, thinking it must be catching. Of course, I've been reading Twitter, so I asked for it. An ex of mine, who was a decent writer of songs, was of the opinion you couldn't write anything worthwhile, even something light & happy, unless you were feeling a little melancholy, so, who knows, it might not be all bad at that. Personally, I sort of feel that bookish people tend to stay up late into the night and think too much -guilty as charged!
Strzyga Karolina
Jun. 16th, 2016 12:45 pm (UTC)
worthy project indeed
The books live on and so do good memories and legacy. As a librarian and a reader I find this project awesome and inspiring. I hope it does come to life.
mrjoshuaspeaks
Jun. 16th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
A master at selling the drama! I would be thrilled, like many, to see your interview with Pat Conroy. Did you happen to have a broadcast version of it?
grrm
Jun. 16th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
Alas, no.

However, we are presently looking into ways and means to record and possibly stream future author events at the JCC.
linnymay
Jun. 17th, 2016 03:01 pm (UTC)
Interview Viewing
GRRM, You made my local rag (not the first time).

http://cultureshock.bangordailynews.com/2016/06/17/bangor/stephen-king-and-george-r-r-martin-together-in-albuquerque-next-stop-kings-landing-or-derry/

The picture of you and S.King might get pinned to my cubby wall for a stint. I'll be watching the interwebs for the interview.
Tanmay Kulkarni
Jun. 17th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
interview of Stephen king
I understand that you interviewed Stephen King recently.
And I quote from an article...

> George asked him "How the fuck do you write so fast? I have a
> good six months and crank out 3 chapters, meanwhile you wrote 3
> books in that time!"

After hearing the lines above, the smallfolk have been severely depressed on multiple online communities. I hope you were joking with that "6 months 3 chapters" remark.

If it please you m'lord, we'd love it very much to be told that it was a joke.

Edited at 2016-06-17 05:32 pm (UTC)
grrm
Jun. 17th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
Re: interview of Stephen king
Of course it was a joke. Hyperbole.

Stephen King writes much faster than I do... but does anyone really believe he turns out a book every time I write a chapter? By that measure, he would have written 72 novels in the time I took to write GAME OF THRONES.

Sometimes I cannot believe the idiocy of the internet.
Tanmay Kulkarni
Jun. 18th, 2016 04:15 am (UTC)
Re: interview of Stephen king
It pleases me to inform you that the spirits of the people have been lifted after your clarification.

Many of them express their sympathies, that you cannot even make a joke publicly, without having to explain it later.

At the same time, others implore you to improve your taste in jokes.

Love.
Reidel Vichot
Jun. 16th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
hi
Hi, GRRM. I would like to invite you to the international book fair in Havana, Cuba, next year. Saludos
grrm
Jun. 16th, 2016 08:30 pm (UTC)
Re: hi
Maybe one day... but I am booked up fully for 2016 and 2017, and even have a few things scheduled for 2018. I am not adding any new events at this time.

Thanks for thinking of me, though.
aatishgopichand
Jun. 17th, 2016 12:53 am (UTC)
Re: hi
Hi George,

Do your planned events in 2016 and 2017 including coming Down Under?

We all love you here.
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Vittoria Colonna
Jun. 16th, 2016 10:40 pm (UTC)
RIP
I am huge fan of Pat Conroy as well. The Lords of Discipline is one of my all time favourite books. I actually wanted to go to Military college because of it. RIP Pat Conroy.
serweebington
Jun. 17th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
Sad Day
This is very odd. I had a dream last night that I met both of you, and now I read this news through you today (maybe I'm a greenseer). Thanks for telling us about this Mr. Martin. I'll have to donate.
Eduardo Rafael
Jun. 17th, 2016 03:50 am (UTC)
Brazil loves to see this
You are co-writing something? I would like to see this. And when you will come to Brazil to talk with us?
angelos_l
Jun. 17th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
Sorry about the off topic question, but there is no other place to ask it:

I recently played the Telltale Game of Thrones game. I know that House Forrester exists in your books, so I just wanted to clarify: Is the information that we get about them and the Whitehills (their seats, their sigils and their words) valid, or is it only canon within the tv series universe?

Thanks.
grrm
Jun. 17th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
Only the books are canon.
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