Zibby Owens, author of “Bookends,” will participate in a free virtual chat Sept. 23 as part of the Lowcountry Book Club Convention, presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center.

Publisher, podcaster, and author of the new memoir “Bookends,” Zibby Owens has been called “New York’s most powerful book influencer” by New York Magazine.

Beloved Gullah chef and now bestselling author of “Gullah Geechie Home Cooking,” Emily Meggett is renowned locally as the “Matriarch of Edisto Island.”

Both women will be appearing at the nonprofit Pat Conroy Literary Center’s 6th annual Lowcountry Book Club Convention to be held Sept. 23-24.

They will be joined by Lauren Marino, editorial director of Hachette Books and author of “Bookish Broads”; Mary Martha Green, author of “The Cheese Biscuit Queen Tells All: Southern Recipes, Sweet Remembrances, and a Little Rambunctious Behavior”; Mount Pleasant-based mystery novelist Dorothy St. James, author of “A Book Club to Die For,” the third book in her Beloved Bookroom Mysteries; and debut young adult novelist and Emory University senior Laila Sabreen, author of “You Truly Assumed.”

Ideal for book club members, those interested in joining a book club, or anyone who simply loves the joy of reading, the Lowcountry Book Club Convention is presented by the Conroy Center in partnership with NeverMore Books of Beaufort and the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s newly opened Culinary Institute of the South in Bluffton. The event is made possible by the generous support of the Pulpwood Queens Books Club, the largest book club in the U.S.

The event begins at 6 pm. Sept. 23 with a free virtual visit with Zibby Owens, creator of “Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books” and author of “Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature,” in conversation with Lauren Marino. The conversation is accessible on Zoom with advance registration, and also live-streamed on the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s Facebook page. 

From 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 24, the convention will feature three author conversations with Dorothy St. James, Emily Meggett, Mary Martha Green, and Laila Sabreen; an optional catered lunch by Debbi Covington; and tours of the new Culinary Institute of the South at 1 Venture Drive in Bluffton. (Register in advance by Sept. 16 for the lunch.) Books by presenting authors will be available for sale and signing.

For a full schedule of events, presenter biographies, and registration details, visit lowcountrybookclubconvention2022.eventbrite.com or patconroyliterarycenter.org