LIVE from the Pat Conroy Literary Center and the Authors on the Air Global Radio Network. Executive Director Jonathan Haupt is IN CONVERSATION with Pushcart winner, writer Valeria Sayers. Val is a 2 time Pushcart Prize recipient for short fiction, a SC Academy of Authors honoree, author of six novels (two of which were adapted into a film), and author of the new story collection The Age of Infidelity, which we'll be discussing. She was a Beaufort High School psychology student of Pat Conroy's and she's a contributing writer to Our Prince of Scribes and a member of the Conroy Center board of directors.
Valerie Sayers is the author of six critically acclaimed novels: The Powers, Brain Fever, The Distance Between Us, Who Do You Love, How I Got Him Back, and Due East. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared the New York Times, Washington Post, Commonweal, Agni, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Image, Witness, and many other magazines and anthologies. Her literary honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and two Pushcart Prizes for stories, as well as appearances on several “Notable Books of the Year” lists, including the New York Times Book Review.
Born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina, which became the thinly-disguised Due East of much of her fiction, Sayers was educated at Fordham and Columbia and lived for many years in Brooklyn with her husband, Christian Jara, and their two sons. In 1993, she joined the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame, where she is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of English.
Host Jonathann Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center.
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