GET THE SAND OUT OF your shoes and join other book lovers in downtown Naples for the new Friends of the Library Beach series.
The inaugural beach
The October 21 and April 1 lecture series will join other established author events sponsored by the Friends of the Library of Collier County nonprofit, which raises funds for public library programs and resources. County.
The authors of the Beach series are:
?? Marie-Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including The Beach House series, and
?? Kristy Woodson Harvey, North Carolina-based writer of nine novels, including “Under the Southern Sky” and “Christmas in Peachtree Bluff”.
There will be a limited number of general admission seats for the 2 p.m. events at Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theater (home of the Naples Players) on South Fifth Avenue. Each conference will be followed by a signing session. (See the information box for details on dates, times and costs.)
“I am very excited about our new series and delighted to be in downtown Naples on Fifth Avenue where there are many wonderful restaurants to enjoy before the conference,” said Trish Benisch, Friends of the Library of Collier County.
The first speaker on October 21 is Mary Alice Monroe. The South Carolina resident is an active environmentalist whose novels often deal with environmental issues, such as the plight of injured sea turtles, and feature “strong women of the South.”
“The Summer of Lost and Found” is his last novel in the Beach House series which began in 2002. This first novel was shot as a Hallmark Channel film, titled “The Beach House” and starring Andie MacDowell, in 2018.
She has also published children’s picture books and has a new mid-level fiction series, “The Islanders”.
Ms. Monroe is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly “Friends and Fiction” webcast and podcast, where authors discuss books and connect with readers.
On April 1, join Kristy Woodson Harvey, who is also co-creator and co-host of “Friends and Fiction”.
Ms. Harvey, who holds a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has written for numerous online and print publications including Southern Living, USA TODAY and Parade.
Her latest novel, an independent title titled “Under the Southern Sky,” noted a star-rated review in Publishers Weekly, who called it a “heartbreaking tale of love and loss.” The next volume in his Peachtree Bluff series – “Christmas in Peachtree Bluff” – will be released in October. ??
In the KNOW
Friends of the Beach Library Series
What: The author lectures at a fundraiser sponsored by the Friends of the Collier County Library
Where: Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theater, 701 Fifth Ave. S., Naples
»When: 2 pm, followed by a signing session
»Range of authors:
Mary Alice Monroe,
Thursday October 21
Kristy Woodson Harvey,
Friday April 1
Cost: $ 55 for each conference, with tickets available only to current members of the Friends of the Collier County Library. All seats are general admission – saving seats is not allowed. Friends memberships start at $ 30 / year and offer access and discounts to other programs.