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Pat Conroy on South of Broad

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pat Conroy, Southern literary icon, debuts his new novel, *South of Broad*, his first in 14 years. Conroy discusses his body of work and his life, alongside his wife and novelist, Cassandra King, and *Atlanta Magazine* Book Editor Teresa Weaver. Conroy's other books include *The Great Santini*, *The Lords of Discipline*, *Beach Music* and *The Prince of Tides*.

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Pat Conroy was born on October 26, 1945, in Atlanta, Georgia, to a young career military officer from Chicago and a Southern beauty from Alabama, whom Pat often credits for his love of language. He was the first of seven children. *South of Broad*, Conroy’s fifth novel and ninth book, presents readers with a Conroy first: a totally lovable father for Leo Bloom King, the story's central figure. The book is not only a love letter to the city of Charleston; it is a celebration of lifelong friendship. Conroy currently lives in Fripp Island, South Carolina with his wife, the novelist Cassandra King.
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Cassandra King is the writer of several books and essays. She has taught writing on the college level, conducted corporate writing seminars, and worked as a human interest reporter for a Pelham, Alabama, weekly paper.
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Teresa Weaver is currently the book editor of Atlanta Magazine.
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