Long before becoming one of America’s most beloved novelists, Pat Conroy counted on the friendship of Atlanta bookseller Cliff Graubart, whose Old New York Bookshop was the novelist’s home away from home. There he fed his bibliophilia, watched the shop while the proprietor tended to outside business and even wrote chunks of The Great Santini. Eventually, the Old New York Bookshop became the literary hub of Atlanta in the 1970s and 1980s, known for book release parties for Conroy, Paul Hemphill, Anne Rivers Siddons, Terry Kay and many others.

Now, Graubart himself is celebrating his own book’s release, by Mercer University Press, and Conroy is coming back to town to hail the occasion. The two old friends discuss Graubart’s new book The Curious Vision of Sammy Levitt and Other Stories, on Thursday, September 27 at 7 p.m. at the Carter Center. On hand to Introduce Conroy and Graubart will be Terry Kay.

Tickets are required for admission to the event. They are available at the bookstore sponsoring the evening, A Cappella Books, 208 Haralson Avenue (at the corner of Dekalb Avenue) in Inman Park. Tickets are also available online at acappellabooks.com.

Individual tickets are $28 and include a signed, first edition copy of Graubart’s book. Couples tickets are $38 and also include one signed, first edition copy of the book, and admission for two. If the event is not sold out in advance, tickets will also be available at the door at the Carter Center beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the event.

Please note: Pat Conroy and Terry Kay will NOT be signing their books at this event.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

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