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|Pat Conroy Week for Booksellers|
October 24-28, 2016 Declared Pat Conroy Week!
Please request as many brochures as you need by emailing email@example.com
SIBA invites its bookstore members, and independent bookstores across the country, to celebrate a great Southern writer, and encourage their customers to support the Pat Conroy Literary Center.
We invite the nation of booksellers to join us in celebrating Pat Conroy Week! Pat Conroy’s new book from publisher Nan A. Talese/Doubleday will drop on October 25th. Pat Conroy Week will celebrate the new book – A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life plus other titles: The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, Beach Music, The Water is Wide, The Lords of Discipline, The Death of Santini, South of Broad, My Losing Season, The Boo, Unrooted Childhoods, and The Mayor. And then there is the book about Pat: Understanding Pat Conroy Patand Conversations with the Conroys and books by Pat’s daughter Melissa Conroy and wife Cassandra King. Not to mention Story River Books (an imprint of USC Press) where Pat served as editor. It seems the whole store could be a display to “All Things Conroy” during Pat Conroy Week. And Pat Conroy’s birthdate is October 26. Let there be cake.
Plus, if all that weren't enough, A Lowcountry Heart is a 2016 Fall Okra Pick!
We all know Pat’s final instruction – “March forth.” And so we go forth in the creation of the Pat Conroy Literary Center (PCLC). The cornerstone of Pat Conroy Week is an outreach to Pat’s fans with an opportunity to support the PCLC and at the same time, be entered for a chance to win the 41 titles that make up the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Short List for 2016.
Coming soon in the October RED BOX from the American Booksellers Association is a wrapped stack of ten brochures (and info for requesting more) promoting PCLC and Pat Conroy Week to your customers. We hope you will find Pat Conroy Week a great way to connect with customers, support PCLC and sell some books. Hey, out there, march forth, celebrate books, birthdays, and Mr. Conroy during Pat Conroy Week.
It comes down to this. Donate at least $41 to the PCLC during Pat Conroy Week at be entered to win a stack of 41 books. The entire collection of Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize winners and finalists -- including cookbooks, novels, thrillers, literary fiction, histories, nonfiction, young adult, children's books -- the very best of Southern literature for the year.
Follow #PatConroyWeek and use the hashtag to promote the contest, the PCLC, and your own store displays and specials.
A special session on PCLC and Pat Conroy Week was held during the SIBA Discovery Show in Savannah. Here are some of the ideas booksellers came up with to promote Pat Conroy Week to their customers:
In this season's Okra Box, stores will find a poster promoting the Book Prize raffle, and a stack of brochures stores can hand out to their customers. PDF versions of both are available for download below, along with some shareable memes for social media.
Support materials for the Pat Conroy Literary Center