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Distinguished Authors Visit Bayside Academy

Distinguished Authors Visit Bayside Academy


Daphne, Ala., October 15, 2021 – Two prominent authors, Christopher Swann and Patti Callahan, visited Bayside Academy this week to speak with Upper School students.

Christopher Swann is a novelist and high school English teacher. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, he earned his Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He has been a Townsend Prize finalist, longlisted for the Southern Book Prize, and twice been a finalist for a Georgia Author of the Year award. He lives with this wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Dr. Swann visited Bayside’s campus on Tuesday, October 12, for a luncheon with Upper School students.

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of sixteen novels and podcast host. She is the recipient of The Christy Award—A 2019 Winner “Book of the Year”, The Harper Lee Distinguished Writer of the Year for 2020, and the Alabama Library Association Book of the Year for 2019. She is the co-host and co-creator of the popular weekly online Friends and Fiction live web show and podcast. A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama, and Bluffton, South Carolina, with her husband. Ms. Callahan spoke to Bayside’s freshman English students on Friday, October 15.

Bayside Academy is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in grades PK3–12.

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