Pat Conroy is a New York Times bestselling author who has written several acclaimed novels and memoirs. He wrote his book “The Water Is Wide” based on his experiences as a teacher. The book won Conroy a humanitarian award from the National Education Association and was made into a feature film, “Conrack”, starring Jon Voight in 1974. Hallmark produced a television version of the book in 2006. His other books, “The Great Santini” and “The Prince of Tides” were made into a film of the same names.