Friends of Florence Library will present Jonathon Haupt
The Friends of Florence County Library will present guest speaker Jonathon Haupt, at their annual meeting on Sunday, Jan. 28, at 3 p.m. in the Stukes Meeting Room. The meeting is free and open to the public.
Jonathon Haupt is executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center. His presentation will be: “I Was Born to be in a Library: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries.” It is an hour-long presentation featuring Powerpoint, video, and audio clips. He discusses Pat’s relationships with public libraries, his high school library, his college library, and his personal library. (Pat serves as co-presenter through video and audio clips.) The talk concludes with an overview of the Conroy Literary Center. In addition, he will also have on display a few artifacts from the Conroy Literary Center to look at before or after the talk.
Jonathan Haupt, 43, has forged a distinguished career in literary arts leadership in his adopted home of South Carolina. Since 2011, he has served as director of the University of South Carolina Press and, prior to that, as USC Press’s assistant director for sales and marketing. Under Haupt’s leadership, USC Press was honored with a South Carolina Governors Award in the Humanities, given in recognition of the Press’ commitment to education through humanities publishing.
In 2013, he established the Press’ acclaimed Story River Books fiction imprint, edited by the late Pat Conroy and named by “Garden & Gun” magazine as one of the top ten things to love about the South.