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The panel of authors will answer questions regarding their novels from guest moderator, New York Times Best Selling Author and Isle of Palms resident, Mary Alice Monroe.  The event will also include a silent auction of jewelry, books and original works of art. Barnes and Noble will be participating in the event, selling the featured authors’ works with a portion of the proceeds going toward the charitable event.  Following the luncheon, the panel will sign copies of their recent works. Proceeds from admission and the auction will benefit the Trident Literacy Association (TLA) of Charleston and sponsor a scholarship for a minority student in the field of education at the College of Charleston.
“We are excited to host this wonderful event for the fifth year,” said Frank Fredericks, Wild Dunes Resort’s Managing Director. “The Authors Luncheon has grown each year because of the feedback we’ve received from Charleston area residents who appreciate good southern writing. Together we’re all helping to contribute to the education and improvement of our community. We’re very excited about the new panel of diverse authors for this year’s event, and we’re hopeful to surpass the amount raised last year for the Trident Literacy Association and the College of Charleston scholarship.”

Tickets are available by emailing or by calling 843.886.2020. Cost is $60 per ticket or $550 per table of ten people.

About Wild Dunes Resort

Nestled on the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a lush barrier island off the coast of South Carolina, Wild Dunes Resort is located less than 30 minutes from the charm and grace of historic Charleston. The Resort occupies 1,600 acres of oceanfront paradise with a variety of accommodations ranging from the AAA Four Diamond Rated Boardwalk Inn and Village at Wild Dunes rooms and suites to private villas and luxury home vacation rentals. Offering a year-round menu of championship golf, nationally-ranked tennis, award-winning recreation, spa services and restaurant options, Wild Dunes Resort has been distinguished by many publications and associations as a top destination for families, golfers, tennis lovers and meeting and event planners. It is one of more than 30 independent, upscale and luxury hotels, resorts and golf clubs in the United States managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, the fourth largest independent hospitality management company in the country.  Visit Wild Dunes Resort online on Facebook and Twitter.

About the authors panel

Jeffrey Stepakoff, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has “written by” or “story by” credits on thirty-six television episodes, has written for fourteen different television series and has worked on seven primetime staffs, producing hundreds of hours of internationally-recognized television, including the Emmy-winning The Wonder Years, Sisters, Wild Card, Hyperion Bay, The Magic School, C16: FBI, Robin’s Hoods, Land’s End, Flipper, Sons & Daughters, Major Dad, The Yakov Smirnoff Show, Beauty & The Beast, Have Faith, Simon & Simon, and Dawson’s Creek where he was Co-Executive Producer. Stepakoff has also created and developed pilots for many of the major studios and networks, including 20th Century, Paramount, MTM, Fox and ABC. Additionally, he has developed and written major motion pictures, including Disney’s TARZAN and BROTHER BEAR, and EM Entertainment’s LAPITCH, THE LITTLE SHOEMAKER, Croatia’s selection for the 1998 Academy Awards. Stepakoff lives in Atlanta with his wife and three young children, and now writes fiction, including his first novel Fireworks Over Toccoa. Presently, he speaks around the country, teaches dramatic writing at Kennesaw State University, and is hard at work on his second novel for St. Martin’s Press. In his spare time, he builds forts in living room with sofa cushions.

Diane Chamberlain, currently residing in North Carolina, began her writing career in San Diego. Her first novel, Private Relations, earned her the RITA Award for Best Single Title Contemporary Novel in 1989. Except for a brief stint in writing for “One Life to Live” and a few miscellaneous articles for newspapers and magazines, she focuses her efforts on book-length fiction and is currently working on her nineteenth novel. Her stories, often filled with mystery and suspense, aim to tug at her readers’ emotions with a focus on relationships and the fascinating tales of life's trials and tribulations.

Lisa Genova graduated valedictorian from Bates College with a degree in Biopsychology and holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Harvard University. She is a member of the Dementia Advocacy, Support Network International and DementiaUSA and is an online columnist for the National Alzheimer's association. She lives with her husband and two children in Cape Cod. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Still Alice.

Tamar Myers, born and raised in the then Belgian Congo and at sixteen settled in America with her family, is the author of two ongoing mystery series. One is set in Pennsylvania and features Magdalena Yoder, an Amish-Mennonite sleuth who runs a bed and breakfast in the mythical town of Hernia.  The other is set in the Carolinas and centers around the adventures of Abigail Timberlake, the proud owner of a Charlotte (and later Charleston) antique store, the Den of Antiquity. Tamar now calls Charlotte, NC home. She lives with her husband, plus a Basenji dog named Pagan, a Bengal cat named Nkashama, and an orange tabby rescue cat named Dumpster Boy.  She is currently working on her 30th novel.

Ann B. Ross, who taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is the author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, one of the most popular Southern debut novels in years, Miss Julia Takes Over, Miss Julia Throws a Wedding, and Miss Julia Hits the Road. She currently resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

Guest Moderator Mary Alice Monroe is a New York Times bestselling author known for richly textured books that explore the compelling parallels between nature and human nature. Monroe’s novels have won critical acclaim and awards and include her Lowcountry novels:  Sweetgrass, The Beach House, Skyward, Time is a River and Swimming Lessons. Her books are sold worldwide. Monroe who is an active and dedicated conservationist, lives with her husband on Isle of Palms, S.C.

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Ivie Parker, Wild Dunes Resort

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