Water is Wide Book Review -- Feb. 21st

In honor of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Beaufort, the Friends of the Beaufort County Library is highlighting books on local history and people in the Books Sandwiched In series. Next up is a review of Water is Wide written by adopted native son, Pat Conroy, about his short time teaching in Mary Field School on Daufuskie Island.

It may be a little ironic that the reviewer is current Beaufort County School District Chairman, Fred Washington. Conroy and the School Board definitely had different ideas on how best to run a school and teach children!

Monday, Feb 21 The Water is Wide: A Memoir by Pat Conroy.
Reviewer: Fred S. Washington, Jr.
12:00pm – 1:00pm
USCB Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street

Doors open at 11:30 AM! Free, although donations (and new Friends) are always appreciated.

Once a "One County, One Book" selection, the Library offers access to at least 60 copies of Water is Wide for you.

The BDC has a small collection of newspaper and magazine articles about the book in the "Conroy, Pat (1945-- )--The Water is wide" vertical file as well as files on the "Water Is Wide (made-for-tv film, 2005)" and "Conrack (film)." What is most unique, though, is a script adapting the Water is Wide into a musical. Come to the BDC to see these and other local history treasures. Customary hours are 10 am until 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays.

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.