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Wild Dunes Club members will host its 6th annual Authors Event, Tea by the Sea

Darcy Shankland, Editor in Chief of Charleston Magazine, will deliver the welcome and author introduction.  The panel of authors will then answer questions regarding their novels from guest moderator, New York Times Best Selling Author and Isle of Palms resident, Mary Alice Monroe.  Guests will enjoy a selection of gourmet teas, desserts, tea sandwiches, tea cakes and biscuits, and a cash bar will be available. 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 to benefit the Trident Literacy Association (TLA) of Charleston and sponsor a scholarship for the College of Charleston School of Education, Health and Human Performance. Following the tea, the panel will sign copies of their recent works.

“We are excited to host this wonderful event for the sixth year,” said Frank Fredericks, Wild Dunes Resort’s Managing Director. “The Author Event has grown each year because of the feedback we’ve received from Charleston area residents who appreciate good southern writing. Together we’re helping to contribute to the education and improvement of our community. We’re very excited about the new panel of 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 $30 per ticket or $250 per table of ten people.  Seating is assigned in purchase order. To be seated with specific attendees, tickets should be purchased in one transaction.

Event Schedule
1:30 p.m. – Doors Open
2:00 p.m. – Tea Begins
3:00 p.m. – Panel Discussion
4:00 p.m. – Book Signing

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 to private villas and luxury home 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

Dorothea Benton Frank is the New York Times best selling author of LOWCOUNTRY SUMMER (William Morrow 2010), RETURN TO SULLIVANS ISLAND (William Morrow 2009), BULLS ISLAND (William Morrow 2008), THE LAND OF MANGO SUNSETS (William Morrow 2007), THE CHRISTMAS PEARL (William Morrow 2007), FULL OF GRACE (William Morrow 2006), PAWLEYS ISLAND (Berkley 2005), SHEM CREEK (Berkley 2004), ISLE OF PALMS (Berkley 2003), PLANTATION (Jove 2001) and SULLIVAN'S ISLAND (Jove 2000).

Mrs. Frank has appeared on NBC's Today Show, Parker Ladd's Book Talk and many local network affiliated television stations. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process for students of all ages and in private venues as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library organizations and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. She has also been a guest speaker at the South Carolina Book Festival, Novello, North Carolina's festival of books and the Book and Author annual event in Charleston, SC, sponsored by the Post & Courier.

Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various non profits in New Jersey and New York. At the present time she serves on the Board of the South Carolina Historical Society.

She has served as a trustee of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, NY, Music Theater Group NY, and on the Board of Trustees of the Drumthwacket Foundation. Past board service includes The New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Whole Theater, Dance NJ, American Stage Company, and Senior Care of Montclair. As a volunteer fund raiser, she has planned events for Bloomfield College, The Montclair Kimberley Academy, Unity Concerts and The National Governor's Association. She has held appointments to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.

The author, who was born and raised on Sullivan's Island in South Carolina and has been married forever to Peter Frank, currently divides her time between New Jersey and the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Nathalie Dupree is the Author of eleven cookbooks about the American South, entertaining and basic cooking. She has hosted over 300 television shows on the Food Network, The Learning Channel and PBS. She has been a spokesperson for Wild American Shrimp, The Catfish Institute and many other organizations. She currently writes for The Post And Courier in Charleston, SC, as well as Charleston Magazine and other publications. She has been featured in numerous television shows and publications, from Bobby Flay, the Today Show and Good Morning America to Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Bon Appetit, the New York Times, The Washington Post and others. She ran for the United States Senate against Senator Jim DeMint from South Carolina. She is married and lives in Charleston, S.C. with her husband, Jack Bass.

Taylor M. Polites is a novelist living in Providence, Rhode Island with his small Chihuahua, Clovis. Polites’ first novel, The Rebel Wife, is due out in February 2012 from Simon & Schuster. He graduated in June 2010 with his MFA in Creative Writing from Wilkes University. He has lived in Provincetown, Massachusetts, New York City, St. Louis and the Deep South. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in History and French and spent a year studying in Caen, France. He has covered arts and news for a variety of local newspapers and magazines, including the Cape Codder, InNewsWeekly, Bird’s Eye View (the in-flight magazine of CapeAir), artscope Magazine and Provincetown Arts Magazine.

Mary Alice Monroe has written stories for as long as she can remember.  As a child she could always be found curled up with a book or writing.  One of her strongest memories is her first trip to the public library.  When they gave her her first library card, she felt as though she'd been given the keys to a candy shop for her imagination.  She still feels the same thrill in libraries and bookstores and remains a strong supporter of libraries through events and speaking engagements. 

Mary Alice claims much of her creative spark came from her large and close family.  Growing up, she and her nine brothers and sisters wrote and performed in their own plays and musicals.  Her teachers recognized her talent and encouraged her to write.  She first pursued nonfiction and studied journalism.  Later, she was an assistant to the General Editor for Encyclopedia Britannica who worked with world famous artists, authors, composers, and scientists as EB III was developed.

After an extended trip to Japan with her husband, Mary Alice studied Asian culture in earnest.  She was awarded a fellowship and earned her master's degree in Asian Studies and became bilingual in Japanese.  Later, she helped establish a government-funded English as a Second Language program for Southeast Asian refugees.  Working with immigrants and helping them integrate into American society, Mary Alice co-authored an English-language survival text.  

Not until years later did fate intervene.  When her doctor confined her to bed for the final months of her pregnancy, Mary Alice's husband handed her a legal notepad and pencil and urged her to write the novel she had envisioned. 
"I gave birth to a baby and a book," says the author.

A dozen books later, Mary Alice has established her voice in fiction.  Known for her intimate portrayals of women's lives, her writing has gained added purpose and depth with her move to the Lowcountry.  An active environmentalist, she draws themes for her novels from nature and the parallels with human nature, thus drawing attention to various endangered species and the human connection to the natural world.    

Mary Alice is involved with several environmental groups and is on the board of the South Carolina Aquarium, the Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers for Literacy.  Her volunteer work with these and other groups provided the inspiration for  her novels THE BEACH HOUSE, SKYWARD,  SWEETGRASS, SWIMMING LESSONS, TIME IS A RIVER, and LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA.  Her new novel, THE BUTTERFLY'S DAUGHTER, is the tale of a woman's journey that mirrors the awe inspiring migration of the monarch butterflies.

Mary Alice Monroe is the author of over a dozen novels, several non-fiction titles, and children's books. Her body of work reflects her commitment to the natural world through literature.  Monroe has served on the faculty of numerous writer's conferences and retreats.  She is a featured speaker at events, both literary and conservation.  Her books have achieved several best seller lists, including the New York Times, SIBA, USA Today and are sold worldwide.  Her first children's book received several awards, including the ASPCA Henry Bergh award.  Monroe was awarded the SC Center for the Book Award for Fiction and the International Book Award for Green Fiction.


Media Contact:
Ivie Parker, Wild Dunes Resort

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