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Piccolo Spoleto Literary Festival Finale: Pat Conroy 

When: Sat., June 4, 3-4 p.m. 2011
Phone: (866) 811-4111
Price: $51
www.piccolospoleto.com

This man is funny, really. There will be no sleep-inducing readings at this discussion, which wraps up Piccolo Spoleto's Literary Festival. Pat Conroy promises to keep his audience awake, none of that bedtime-story, planned-excerpt stuff. "I think I'm just going to go over my entire writing life and do it like a one-man play," he says. "I plan to start at my birth and end dying on stage."

Southern writer pride. Unlike some other writers who are begrudgingly dragged into the Southern writer genre, Conroy takes the title with pleasure. After all, who can deny that the South is full of interesting characters? Conroy will share how he found some of his greatest inspirations walking the street of Charleston and the marshes of Beaufort.

Convention for book nerds. For those who still collect hardbacks and love the smell of libraries, this is a perfect event. But if you purchased South of Broad on an e-reader, no worries — you're still invited. Conroy will discuss the authors and works that most influenced his life — or at least as many as he can fit in about an hour.

— Cara Kelly

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