Beaufort, South Carolina, native Valerie Sayers is the author of six novels, including her most recent, The Powers. Brain Fever and Who Do You Love were named “Notable Books” by the New York Times, and a 2002 film, Due East, was based on her novels Due East and How I Got Him Back. Her stories and essays appear widely and have received two Pushcart Prizes and citations from Best American Stories and Best American Essays. Recipient of an NEA fellowship in literature, Sayers is the William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame. She was a Beaufort High School student of the iconic southern author Pat Conroy.
John Blake White (1781–1859) would likely be remembered as South Carolina’s most prominent antebellum dramatist did he not establish himself as one its foremost painters. Four of his historical paintings, all set in or near South Carolina, hang in the U.S. Capitol. In 1821, White became the first director of the South Carolina Academy of Fine Arts. He began his career as a playwright in 1806 with his first two plays, Foscari, or the Venetian Exile and The Mysteries of the Castle, both of which were performed at the Charleston Theatre. Modern Honor (1812, also at the Charleston Theatre) is the only play of the post-colonial period to address the problem of dueling. Three other plays—The Triumph of Liberty, or Louisiana Preserved and The Forgers—were published but not produced. Twice married, White was admitted to the bar in 1808 and was thereafter elected to the state general assembly as a social reformer. He is buried at St. Philip’s Church in Charleston.
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Meet the 2018 Inductees
Nathalie Dupree is the best-selling author of fifteen cookbooks and appeared in more than 300 television shows for the Food Network, PBS, and the Learning Channel. She has been prominently featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune as well as Bon Appétit, Food and Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, and Good Housekeeping. Dupree has won James Beard Awards four times, for Southern Memories, Comfortable Entertaining, and Mastering the Art of Southern Cooking, and when recognized as “Who’s Who in American Cuisine.” The founding chair of the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, she also was a founder of Southern Foodways, the Atlanta and Charleston Chapters of Les Dames d’ Escoffier, the American Institute of Wine and Food, and the International Association of Culinary Professionals, of which she was twice president. Dupree writes for the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston Magazine, and Local Palate. She lives in Charleston with her husband, journalist and author Jack Bass. Read more at www.nathalie.com.
Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the novels The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweetgrass, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, and The Book Club. Her numerous awards include the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Monroe’s novel The Beach House will be adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame movie starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell and premiering in 2018. An active conservationist, Monroe lives with her family on the Isle of Palms, South Carolina. Her most recent novel, Beach House for Rent, released June 2017, hit the New York Times and USA Today Best Sellers Lists and Amazon selected the novel as a book of the month in June 2017. Read more at www.maryalicemonroe.com.