Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pat Conroy and Melissa Conroy at the Amelia Island Book Festival

Amelia Island Book Festival Announces Father/Daughter Book Event –
Pat and Melissa Conroy – A Night With Poppy

Amelia Island, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2009) – The Amelia Island Book Festival has announced a special appearance by best-selling author Pat Conroy for Friday, February 12, 2010. Conroy will appear with his daughter Melissa Conroy, author of Poppy’s Pants at 7 PM in Historic Fernandina Beach. A Night With Poppy will offer readings by the two authors followed by a book signing. A private reception will be held at a home in the historic district for Book Festival Sponsors and Donor Friends.

Conroy’s has gained fame with his novels, Lords of Discipline, Prince of Tides, Beach Music and The Great Santini. His most recent book, South of Broad, is enjoying great success.
Melissa Conroy began sewing at an early age and displaying her talent with a needle by repairing torn pants belonging to her father, Pat. She went on to develop the WoOberry line of dolls. Each doll had a story to tell. Sought after by publisher, Blue Apple, Melissa said that the concept of writing and illustrating a book was a natural and exciting progression. As a result, “Poppy’s Pants” was born. A series of books is planned.

Joining Pat and Melissa Conroy at the 2010 Amelia Island Book Festival are Pat’s wife novelist Cassandra King and close friend and novelist Janis Owens, who will be participating in the Friday Writers’ Workshop and a breakfast event Saturday morning.

Tickets for “A Night With Poppy” will be $75. Tickets will be available to Sponsors and Platinum and above level Friends of the Festival. Remaining tickets will be determined by a drawing to be held January 1, 2010. Drawing requests should be made to Poppy’s Pants, Amelia Island Book Festival, PO Box 824, Amelia Island, FL 32035 or to Requests must be accompanied by name, address and e-mail.

Lila, her mother Melissa Conroy and her grandfather Pat Conroy

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