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Joyce Carol Oates, Pat Conroy at AJC Decatur Book Fest

  • 12:18 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Bo Emerson

The ethereal Joyce Carol Oates, a very substantial presence on the literary scene since 1963, has detailed every extreme of the human condition in more than 70 books, fiction and nonfiction, including the 1987 essay collection, “On Boxing,” considered a landmark of the genre.

Oates, 76, is the keynote speaker at the 2014 AJC Decatur Book Festival, a yearly Labor Day weekend event that continues to gather steam. More than 600 authors will speak or appear on panels at this year’s festival and plenty of new elements have been added to the mix, including an outdoor kitchen for cooking demonstrations and [More]

Pat Conroy’s papers are going to University of South Carolina

  • 1:32 pm Friday, May 16th, 2014 by AJC Staff

By Bo Emerson

Pat Conroy, the author of “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” saved almost everything he ever wrote.

On Friday morning, McNally announced the acquisition of that archive, a collection that includes 10,000 pages of handwritten manuscripts and 15,000 pages of typewritten transcripts. The collection will become part of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, at the Hollings Special Collections Library at the University of South Carolina.

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