Cassandra King Signs Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy

Cassandra King, seated on a stool before a southern bayou scene. Photo Credit John Wollwerth.

Sundog Books is absolutely delighted to welcome esteemed southern writer Cassandra King back to our porch on November 17th.  Join us beginning at 11am to meet Ms. King and learn more about her wonderful memoir detailing her life with Pat Conroy.

About Tell Me a Story:

The story begins in 1995 when Cassandra travels to a literary conference reception in Birmingham, AL, where she would go the next year to present her debut novel. The honoree is Pat Conroy, but Cassandra arrives late and assumes she has missed the opportunity to meet one of her favorite authors. She consoles herself at the refreshment table until she is interrupted by Pat, clad in rumpled khakis and a lumberjack shirt. She thinks he’s a spouse of one of the attendees; he thinks she’s the caterer.

Despite their inauspicious start, Pat and Cassandra develop a close friendship, limited to lengthy telephone calls since their schedules constantly conflict. Cassandra, a very private person, describes talking to Pat in a way she’d never done with anyone else, how he became her closest confidant. Their relationship remains platonic until two years later they meet for dinner in Atlanta. Sharing feelings and in-depth stories of their former lives and spouses, their romance begins in earnest. Eventually Pat confesses he loved her from the first time they met.

Throughout their story—getting married (though neither could remember the exact day), living on Fripp Island, SC, traveling both separately and together, then moving to Beaufort only a few years before Pat’s final illness—Cassandra’s spellbinding voice and gift for atmosphere transport readers into her life with Pat, a world paradoxically both tumultuous and surprisingly serene.  Without sentimentality, she reveals a man genial, generous, funny, but wounded and unpredictable, a man she understands as no other person possibly could. And just as Cassandra discloses afflictions in Pat’s life, she divulges her own torments. They are a couple who connect deeply in a relationship where petty annoyances seem insignificant, each finding joy and peace instead.

About the Author:

Cassandra King Conroy is an award-winning author of five novels, a book of nonfiction, numerous short stories, magazine articles, and essays. In addition to appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists, her books have earned  many accolades. Before writing full time, she taught college-level English and creative writing.

Event date: 

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

89 Central Square
Seaside, FL 32459

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