The AJC Decatur Book Festival has announced that for this year’s keynote event, it will pay tribute to longtime festival supporter and participant Pat Conroy.
Conroy is the celebrated author of “The Prince of Tides,” “The Great Santini,” “South of Broad” and many other award-winning novels. He died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 70 on March 4.
Book festival programming director Julie Wilson announced yesterday that the 11th annual festival will be kicked off with a panel of friends and family of Conroy, who will read passages from his work and share special remembrances of the Southern author.
Included in the panel will be Cassandra King Conroy, Pat Conroy’s wife and author of “Moonrise”; Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg; children’s author and Pat Conroy’s daughter Melissa Conroy; bestselling novelist Ron Rash; and award-winning journalist Bronwen Dickey.
“The DBF always felt as though Pat Conroy was part of the family,” Julie Wilson said at a press event in downtown Decatur Monday evening, “and his presence will be greatly missed. With his passing, this celebration of his life and works will be a great tribute to his influence on Southern literature.”
The keynote address of the Decatur Book Festival takes place Friday, September 2.