Catawba College's March 19th Symposium Postponed

**EVENT POSTPONED** Though risk continues to remain low on campus and erring on the side of caution, Catawba College has postponed the Brady Authors Symposium, originally scheduled for March 19. The popular event, this year featuring author Salley McAden McInerney, will be rescheduled. On a case-by-...
Though risk continues to remain low on campus and erring on the side of caution,  Catawba College has postponed the Brady Authors Symposium, originally scheduled for March 19.  The popular event, this year featuring author Salley McAden McInerney, will be rescheduled. On a case-by-case basis, Catawba announced today the delay of College-sponsored in-person events taking place on-campus or off-campus between now and April 12 because of the novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).

The college is offering ticket holders these options:
  • You wish for your ticket to be transferred to the rescheduled date.
  • You wish to receive a full refund for ticket cost.
  • You wish to apply your ticket cost as a donation to Catawba College towards the Brady Authors Symposium.

NOTE: All books purchased will be mailed out by the week of March 16th.

Please send your selection from the options below to Mindy Miller, Senior Director of Development, at by March 19, 2020.

Catawba College acts consistently with public health officials' recommendations and the actions taken by many universities and colleges across the country.

Catawba College’s 34th annual Brady Author’s Symposium will feature award-winning journalist and author Salley McAden McInerney. The Thursday, March 19th event showcases the entertaining and accomplished author of Journey Proud.

The event is scheduled in Hedrick Little Theatre on Catawba’s campus. This year’s revised agenda includes an 11:30 a.m. symposium with a question and answer session, followed by an optional intimate luncheon with the author (limited spots available).

Tickets are available online at or through the Catawba College Public Relations Office at (704) 637-4393. Ticket options for the event include:

Symposium Patron Ticket*
Admission to the lecture, admission to the luncheon, a copy of Journey Proud, and a special gift.


Lecture, Book, & Luncheon*


Lecture & Book


Lecture Only*


*Catawba students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the lecture and discounted prices for the luncheon and patron tickets. Log into the ticket system to view and receive discounts.



  • Moderated Symposium, followed by a Question and Answer Session
    11:30 a.m.
    Hedrick Little Theatre
  • Intimate Luncheon with Author**
    12:30 p.m.
    New Location: Cloninger Guest House at Catawba College (Transportation provided)
    **Luncheon reservations are limited and will be taken in the order in which they are received.

McInerney is a journalist and freelance writer whose columns and stories have won many journalism awards. She has also won many Press Association awards for her humor columns, feature writing, and column writing. She studied fiction writing with novelists Jill McCorkle and Richard Bausch and trained under the tutelage of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Kathleen Parker.

McInerney is a former columnist for the Independent-Mail in Anderson, S.C., the Gwinnett Daily News in Atlanta, Ga., and both The Columbia Record and The State newspapers in Columbia, S.C. Her accolades include winning a national "Best of Scripps Award" for feature writing in 2006; the National Newspaper Association's "Best Spot News Story" for 1992; and the Georgia Associated Press's "Story of the Year" for 2008. She has also won many Georgia and South Carolina Press Association awards, including the 2002 Georgia Press Association's "Joe Parham Trophy for Humorous Columns," the 1988 South Carolina Press Association's "Judson Chapman Award," the 1987 South Carolina Press Association's first-place award for feature writing, and the 2005 South Carolina Press Association's first-place award for column writing.

In 1989, while at The State, she was a contributing columnist to a series of stories about Hurricane Hugo, which was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in General News Reporting.

McInerney was raised in Columbia, S.C. and currently lives in northeast Georgia. She is currently working on her second book.

Journey Proud is the story of four white children growing up in the early 1960s in a middle-class neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina. The lives of Annie Mackey, Buck McCain, Twig Roebuck, and his big sister, Briddy, intersect with Naomi Portee, a young black woman who arrives on a hot August day in 1963 to care for Annie. Naomi, who longs for a child of her own, reluctantly takes the job with the Mackey household. The remarkable story that unfolds examines the racially-charged times of the early 1960s.

This coming-of-age tale set in the South during the civil rights movement exposes the inequities of the period and shows how childhood innocence is often replaced by harsh realities. Journey Proud incorporates national events - the March on Washington and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The story is also infused with events which took place during that era in South Carolina.

"Journey proud" is an old Southern expression describing the anticipation one feels before beginning a long trip. Join Annie, Buck, Twig, Briddy and Naomi as they begin theirs.


McInerney will be the latest to join the group of impressive authors who have spoken at previous Brady Author’s Symposia, including Reynolds Price, Josephine Humphreys, Anne Rivers Siddons, Dannye Romine Powell, Betty Adcock, Angela Davis-Gardner, Doris Betts, Lee Smith, Kay Gibbons, Fred Chappell, Robert Inman, Jan Karon, John Berendt, Pat Conroy, Terry Kay, Gail Godwin, Ann Hood, Tim McLaurin, Frances Mayes, Rick Bragg, Susan Vreeland, Jodi Picoult, Gish Jen, Joanne Harris, Chris Bohjalian, Elizabeth Berg, Colum McCann, Jane Hamilton, Sena Jeter Naslund, Meg Wolitzer, John Hart, Jane Smiley, Laila Lalami, George Singleton, Tom Cooper, and Robert Olen Butler.

For more information, visit or contact the Catawba Public Relations Office at 704-637-4393.

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