“Like its author, this ambitious novel is by turns hysterically funny, wildly neurotic, uniquely sensitive, and heart breakingly honest.” – Pat Conroy
Now Available for Pre-Order:
Annual Southern Independent Book Association Conference
Bernie Schein: Famous All Over Town
Sept. 16, 2016 Friday, 3:00-3:50
Author panel at the annual Southern Independent Book Association conference:
Story River Books Celebrates: Pat Conroy
Moderated by: Jonathan Haupt, University of South Carolina Press Director
A Southern Girl: A Novel by John Warley
Famous All over Town: A Novel by Bernie Schein
Jacob Jump: A Novel by Eric Morris
Untying the Moon: A Novel by Ellen Malphrus
One Good Mama Bone: A Novel by Bren McClain
For the schedule visit: https://sibaweb.site-ym.com/?ScheduleofEvents
Talks about “Famous All Over Town”
Bernie discusses Beaufort, the South, and Pat Conroy. View Video…
Margaret Evans spent some quality time on Bernie Schein’s front porch… Read the interview.
For Pat Conroy fans, a loving, laughter-filled homage to a loyal, big-hearted friend.
Pat Conroy, the bestselling author of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini among many other books, was beloved by millions of readers. Bernie Schein was his best friend from the time they met in a high-school pickup basketball game in Beaufort, South Carolina, until Conroy’s death in 2016. Both were popular athletes but also outsiders as a Jew and a Catholic military brat in the small-town Bible-Belt South, and they bonded. Wise ass and smart aleck, loudmouths both, they shared an ebullient sense of humor and romanticism, were mesmerized by the highbrow and reveled in the low, and would sacrifice entire evenings and afternoons to endless conversation. As young teachers in the Beaufort area and later in Atlanta, they were activists in the civil rights struggle and against institutional racism and bigotry. Bernie knew intimately the private family story of the Conroys and his friend’s difficult relationship with his Marine Corps colonel father that Pat would draw on repeatedly in his fiction.
A love letter and homage, and a way to share the Pat he knew, this book collects Bernie’s cherished memories about the gregarious, welcoming, larger-than-life man who remained his best friend, even during the years they didn’t speak. It offers a trove of insights and anecdotes that will be treasured by Pat Conroy’s many devoted fans.