Pat Conroy Literary Center to open this fall in SC

NEW YORK (AP) — Barbra Streisand and John Grisham are among the honorary board members for a facility dedicated to the late Pat Conroy that plans to open this fall.

The Pat Conroy Literary Center will be based in Beaufort, South Carolina, where the author known for such novels as “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini” lived for many years. His publisher, Doubleday, told The Associated Press on Thursday that the center will host readings, lectures and book groups; offer writing courses and scholarships; and help facilitate other educational programs.

Conroy’s widow, author Cassandra King, and literary agent, Marly Rusoff, are leading the effort to launch the nonprofit center, http://www.patconroyliterarycenter.org , currently relying on private donations.

Conroy, a former English teacher in Beaufort, died earlier this year at age 70.

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