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Citadel News Service
1 May 2014

Piccolo Spoleto event: An Evening with Pat Conroy and John Warley

Tickets on sale beginning May 5 

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Join the Friends of The Citadel's Daniel Library for an unforgettable Piccolo Spoleto event, "An Evening with Pat Conroy and John Warley." New York Times bestselling writer Pat Conroy and author John Warley were classmates at The Citadel, graduating together in 1967. The writers will discuss their fifty-year friendship and their new books, Conroy's The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, and Warley's A Southern Girl: A Novel.

Each is book is a story of the redemptive power of family. Conroy's newest memoir is at once a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle, and a poignant lesson in how the ties of blood can both strangle and support. A 2009 inductee into the South Carolina Hall of Fame, Pat Conroy is the author of eleven books, including The Boo, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, My Losing Season, My Reading Life, and, most recently, The Death of Santini. In 2013, Conroy became editor-at-large for Story River Books, an original fiction imprint of the University of South Carolina. He lives in Beaufort, S.C., with his wife, the novelist Cassandra King.

Warley's semi-autobiographical A Southern Girl: A Novel is set against the historical backdrop of Charleston's insular South of Broad neighborhood in a tale of international adoption and families lost, then found anew through courage and perseverance. Warley's previous books include Bethesda's Child and The Moralist.

Tickets to experience An Evening with Pat Conroy and John Warley are $15 for general admission and $10 for seniors and students. The even will take place from 630-8:30p.m., Monday, May 26, at The Holliday Alumni Center at The Citadel, located at 69 Hagood Ave., across the street from the college's Hagood Stadium. To purchase tickets call 866-811-4111 or order them online at www.piccolospoleto.com.

About Piccolo Spoleto

Piccolo Spoleto, the official outreach program of Spoleto Festival USA, is administered by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs. The 2014 festival runs from May 23 – June 8 with dozens of events focused on music, literature and the arts in all forms. More information and a schedule of this year's events can be found at www.piccolospoleto.com.