Holly Jackson

Alexia Jones Helsley featured on By The River

By Holly Jackson

Alexia Jones Helsley and production crew for By The River.Another great South Carolina author is featured this week on By The River , a new show produced out of ETV Lowcountry in Beaufort. Alexia Jones Helsley authors the “Wicked” series focuses on her book Wicked Beaufort during the show. Helsley is no stranger to Beaufort. When she was young, her father was named pastor at the Baptist Church of Beaufort. She grew up in the Lowcountry and went to school with the famous late author, Pat Conroy. One point that stood out during Helsley’s interview was her fear that history will become harder and harder to research and document. Helsey explains how...

Dorothea Benton Frank Shares Love for Pat Conroy

By Holly Jackson

Dorthea Benton Frank with production crew for By The RiverThe legacy of Pat Conroy is shared repeatedly on the first season of By The River, with nearly every author noting his impact on readers’ love for Lowcountry stories. New York Times Best Selling author Dorothea Benton Frank, whose latest book By Invitation Only is now out, can’t help but smile talking about her old friend. Frank described Conroy as a “rascally rascal.” Conroy, who passed away on March 4th, 2016, “died on the only day of the year that is a sentence,” Benton Frank noted. Benton spent part of her interview on By The River talking about how she believes Conroy never grasped the...