Pat Conroy will announce the National Book Award finalists
Conroy was born in Atlanta in 1945, although he didn't stay there for long. His father, a military officer, moved the family many times as he was stationed across the South.
In his 20s, Conroy, now married and with a child of his own, returned to Georgia. There he wrote "The Great Santini," a book that detailed the conflicted relationship he'd had with his abusive father. After its publication, he moved to Italy and later settled in South Carolina.
Conroy will be announcing five finalists in four National Book Awards categories: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and young people's literature.
-- Carolyn Kellogg
Photo: Frank Conroy at home in South Carolina. Credit: Valerie Klos / Open Road Integrated Media / Associated Press
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