"S" is for Sayers, Valerie [b. 1952].
"S" is for Sayers, Valerie [b. 1952]. Author. Sayers grew up in Beaufort. She earned her MFA at Columbia University. In 1993 she joined the faculty at the University of Notre Dame where she became directors of the masters in fine arts program. Sayers is the author of five novels and several short stories. Her first novel, Due East serves as an anchor for her other four novels. Due East is the name Sayers gives to the thinly disguised Beaufort of her youth and adolescence. In an interview she said: "Every time I write about Due East—which is most of the time—I am trying to come to terms with South Carolina, with how that place has seeped into my being." Valerie Sayers is a frequent book reviewer for the New York Times and Washington Post.