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On-sale date: October 25, 2016 212-782-9796

Nan A. Talese/Doubleday to publish new nonfiction by Pat Conroy, A LOWCOUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life, on October 25, 2016

NEW YORK, June 6, 2016 – Pat Conroy, beloved author of THE PRINCE OF TIDES, has a new nonfiction collection of letters, interviews, and magazine articles spanning Conroy's long literary career, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends, which will be published by Nan A. Talese/Doubleday on October 25, 2016. Nan A. Talese, Publisher, has acquired World rights from Marly Rusoff, Marly Rusoff Literary Agency. First printing is 125,000 copies.

A LOWCOUNTRY HEART collects some of Conroy's most charming pieces of short nonfiction, many of them addressed directly to his readers with his habitual greeting, "Hey Out There." Ranging across diverse subjects such as favorite recent reads, the challenge of motivating to exercise, and processing the loss of dearly-missed friends, Conroy's lighthearted and eminently memorable pieces offer a unique window into the life of a true titan of Southern writing. In addition, A LOWCOUNTRY HEART also includes some of Conroy's most beloved speeches and interviews, a touching letter to his grandson, and a beautiful introduction from his widow, the novelist Cassandra King. Finally, the collection turns to remembrances of "The Great Conroy," as he is lovingly titled by friends, including his eulogy. This moving tribute is sure to be a cherished keepsake for any true Conroy fan, and a lasting monument to one of the best-loved writers of contemporary American letters.

Tour by novelist Cassandra King, who wrote the introduction to A Lowcountry Heart:


Nan A. Talese's note to the reader in A LOWCOUNTRY HEART says: "When Pat Conroy died, we all felt bereft. He had sent me less than 200 pages of his new novel, The Storms of Aquarius, about four male friends and teachers who came of age during the Vietnam War years, which he very much wanted to finish, but that was not to be. We are still searching his journals for more on this novel, and at some point we may have something to share with you. However, because we did not want his faithful readers to be without something from him we gathered together his various nonfiction pieces and we asked his wife, writer Cassandra King, to contribute an introduction."

A LOWCOUNTRY HEART will be published the day before what would have been Conroy's 71st birthday.

Final words and heartfelt remembrances from bestselling author Pat Conroy take center stage in this winning nonfiction collection, supplemented by touching pieces from Conroy's many friends.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Pat Conroy is the author of eleven previous books: The Boo, The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Lords of Discipline, The Prince of Tides, Beach Music, My Losing Season, The Pat Conroy Cookbook: Recipes of My Life, South of Broad, My Reading Life and The Death of Santini. He died on March 4, 2016.

About the publisher: Nan A. Talese/Doubleday is an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, which is a division of Penguin Random House, Inc. Their parent company is Bertelsmann AG, the international media company.

A LOWCOUNTRY HEART: Reflections on a Writing Life 
Pat Conroy 
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday 
On-sale date: October 25, 2016 
ISBN: 9780385530866 
Price: $25.00 
First Printing: 125,000 copies

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