From Frank Norton's portrayal of events:
"The proudest thing on my resume is that I am not a Hillsborough novelist," said [Pat] Conroy, author of "Conrack" and "The Prince of Tides." His words incited cheers among the packed house of mostly older adults.
Conroy lambasted [Alan] Gurganus and other Hillsborough writers for their attacks on Marlette's work. He weaved in a short account of the disdain he and Marlette shared for knee-jerk reactions to the Duke lacrosse affair.
"Doug and I hated what happened to the Duke lacrosse team and the lynch mob that pursued them because of the stupid Group of 88," he said, referring to an alliance of Duke professors who denounced team members following unsubstantiated allegations of rape.