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Novelist, Founder Of Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference Dies

Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 10:30am

A novelist, and adventurer who traveled the world, and eventually settled in Santa Barbara where he founded a well known writer’s conference has died.

Barnaby Conrad was involved in literary projects on the South Coast for decades, and 40 years ago, founded the Santa Barbara Writer’s Conference. Over the years, the conference has attracted some of the biggest names in the field as speakers.

As a young man, Conrad lived in Mexico, and Spain, where he took up painting, and even bullfighting. He worked as an assistant to famed writer Sinclair Lewis.

In the 1940’s, Conrad wrote the acclaimed novel “Matador.”

The Carpinteria resident had been in declining health. He was 90 years old.

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