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Page and Palette Bookstore to host Pat Conroy best-selling author of The Prince of Tides

Conroy celebrates the release of his powerful and intimate memoir,
The Death of Santini

Fairhope, AL (Nov. 20, 2013) - Page and Palette Bookstore of Fairhope, AL, announces it will host a book-signing event with beloved best-selling author Pat Conroy on Monday, December 9. Conroy will sign and discuss his memoir, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, beginning at 6 p.m. at The Venue located at 105 S. Section Street in Fairhope, AL. Tickets are .95 and include a signed first edition of The Death of Santini. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a cash bar will also be available. Tickets may be purchased online or in the bookstore. The book signing will be opened up to the public beginning at 7:30 p.m. for those unable to attend the feature event.

About The Death of Santini

In this powerful and intimate memoir, The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son, the beloved best-selling author of The Prince of Tides and his father, the inspiration for The Great Santini, find some common ground at long last.

Pat Conroy s father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son s life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel and violent; as Pat says, I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for hate. As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father s behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat s lifeline to a better world that of books and culture. But eventually, despite repeated confrontations with his father, Pat managed to claw his way toward a life he could have only imagined as a child.

Pat s great success as a writer has always been intimately linked with the exploration of his family history. While the publication of The Great Santini brought Pat much acclaim, the rift it caused with his father brought even more attention. Their long-simmering conflict burst into the open, fracturing an already battered family. But as Pat tenderly chronicles here, even the oldest of wounds can heal. In the final years of Don Conroy s life, he and his son reached a rapprochement of sorts. Quite unexpectedly, the Santini who had freely doled out physical abuse to his wife and children refocused his ire on those who had turned on Pat over the years. He defended his son s honor.

The Death of Santini is at once a heart-wrenching account of personal and family struggle and a poignant lesson in how the ties of blood can both strangle and offer succor. It is an act of reckoning, an exorcism of demons, but one whose ultimate conclusion is that love can soften even the meanest of men, lending significance to one of the most-often quoted lines from Pat s best-selling novel The Prince of Tides: In families there are no crimes beyond forgiveness.

For more information, contact Page and Palette at 251.928.5295 or www.pageandpalette.com.

About Pat Conroy

Pat Conroy is the author of ten 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, and My Reading Life. Conroy currently lives in Beaufort, South Carolina with his wife, novelist Cassandra King.

About Page and Palette Bookstore

Page and Palette is a third-generation, locally-owned bookstore located in the heart of downtown Fairhope, AL. Since 1968, this local landmark has promoted a love of the written word. It hosts a wide variety of author events, from up-and-coming writers to best-selling celebrities. Page and Palette is known for its strong selection of literary fiction, a great collection of works by local and regional authors, as well as its popular coffee shop, Latte Da. For more information, contact Page and Palette at 251.928.5295 or www.pageandpalette.com.


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