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Fall lecture series Features author Arleen Mercorella

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC, resumes its schedule of Coffee With the Authors events with a presentation by Arleen Mercorella on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Mercorella’s book, titled A Matter of Survival, the Story of Frances, is the poignant story of her own mother’s challenging life and descent into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

From the time Frances was born, the odds were stacked against her. She was born to Italian immigrants in 1917; her father resented her for being a girl, and her mother resented her for being born at all.

And when a rift in the family left the girl and her mother alone and penniless, things managed to get even worse: she wound up in an orphanage, lonely and scared.

 

But the same girl who spent her formative years facing feelings of abandonment and isolation managed to grow into a woman full of positivity and gratitude, overcoming astounding obstacles and never showing a hint of bitterness. Mercorella handles her tale with particular grace.

 

The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot or sign up online.

 

Friends of the Beaufort Library Fall BOOK SALE Announced

The 2017 Friends of the Beaufort Library Fall Book Sale is right around the corner, with thousands of boxes of donated books plus audio-visual materials (books, music, and movies) available at give-away prices for the annual fundraiser.

As in years past, the beautiful Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park in downtown Beaufort will be the site of the sale, which begins Friday September 22 and runs thru Sunday September 24th.  On Friday a two-hour preview for all members of The Friends will be held from 10 am to Noon. If you aren’t already a member, you can sign up before or during the preview at the membership table for $15.   The sale then opens to the public from Noon thru 6 pm, and will reopen on Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.  On Sunday Noon to 4pm, everything is half off, including rare and collectible books.

The popular Silent Auction will again be conducted during this year’s book sale, with bids being accepted between 10 am on Friday and 3 pm on Saturday, when bidding closes.   Included in this year’s Silent Auction are a number of signed Pat Conroy books, a selection of Natural History books on birds, gardens, freshwater fish, tropical plans, wildflowers and aquarium fish. Many similar books will also be found in the Rare & Collectible section, as well as on the Natural History, Gardening and other tables.

“This year’s Silent Auction is going to be bigger and better than ever,” according to Book Sale Chairman Kinsey Baker.  “We’re getting donations daily so it’s a good idea to look at our website for more announcements about items that will be included in the auction.”

“We also have a small but charming collection of Vintage Christmas books that came in as well as a large reference library on Astrology,” he said. “With more coming in every day, who knows what else might turn up between now and the end of September.”

The book sale spokesman said donations of books throughout the year have been strong and he expects to bring more than 40,000 books, CD’s and DVD’s to this sale.  As always, there will be a good supply of children’s books from the greatly expanded Children’s section in the Friends’ Book Store located at the downtown Beaufort library on Scott Street, which is open year-round during library hours, with fresh stock being added regularly.

Donations of books, CDs and DVDs are needed more than ever, especially with the recent expansion of the Friends Book Store and its increased activity.

The Book Sale is the main fundraising event held by the Friends with all proceeds benefitting the Beaufort County Public Library branches in Beaufort, Lobeco and St. Helena Island.

For more information, email FriendsBeaufort@gmail.com or visit the Friends website – friendsofthebeaufortlibrary.com.

 

Meet Author Tony Bartelme

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com

Aug. 25 ~ Tony Bartelme (A Surgeon in the Village) at Pawleys Plantation

American journalist, author, and senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier, Bartelme has been a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes. His new book tells the uplifting true story of Dr. Dilan Ellegala’s quest to teach brain surgery in one of the poorest and most remote places on earth. In vivid detail, the book also exposes one of the world’s most neglected but serious public health problems – one that kills more people than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. It’s a story about the power of teaching and love. “Lyrical, inspirational and altogether rewarding” – Tom Brokaw, author of The Greatest Generation.

Meet Author Joy Callaway

Aug. 18 ~ Joy Callaway (Secret Sisters) at Kimbel’s, Wachesaw

From the author of The Fifth Avenue Artists Society comes this unforgettable historical novel based on the founding of the country’s first sororities. Illinois, 1881: Whitsitt College sophomore Beth Carrington has two goals to fulfill by the time she graduates: obtain a medical degree, and establish a women’s fraternity, Beta Xi Beta, that will help young women like herself to connect with and support one another while attending the male-dominated Whitsitt. Neither is an easy task. The sole female student in the physicians’ program, Beth is constantly called out by her professors and peers for having the audacity not to concentrate on a more “fitting” subject like secretarial studies. Meanwhile, secret organizations are off-limits, and simply by crowding together in a dank basement room and creating a sense of camaraderie, she and her small group of fraternity sisters risk expulsion. As Beth fights for her beloved Beta Xi Beta to be recognized, she will uncover deep secrets about the college and those who surround her, and will have to put both love and friendship on the line so that history can be made.

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM.  For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Author Mark Powell

 

The Moveable Feast is held at Myrtle Beach, SC, area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 AM-1 PM. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books at 2 PM for those unable to participate in the feast. Each is $30 with a $5 rebate when the featured book is purchased at the Moveable Feast. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

Aug. 4 ~ Mark Powell (Small Treasons) at Inlet Affairs

Tess Maynard’s life is coming apart. At home with her three young children in her husband’s small north Georgia hometown, she is steadily becoming obsessed with an American journalist captured in Syria and being held by ISIS, sensing an eerie resonance between his captivity and her own. Meanwhile, the life of her husband is also beginning to unravel. John Maynard is a psychologist working as a college counselor. But in a former life – a life that becomes his obsession – he worked as a government contractor at a CIA black site in Eastern Europe where suspected terrorists, and one innocent civilian, were tortured. Now the Justice Department is threatening an investigation, but not if John will cooperate in an ongoing operation: a professor at the college where he works is rumored to be involved with an organization masking a militant group. As John and Tess work to salvage their life together a young man in Atlanta is slowly becoming radicalized – groomed by the professor John is meant to report on – to fight not in Syria but at home in the US. Eventually all three lives intersect, with devastating consequences. “Echolocation [Small Treasons] is a beautifully written, disturbing portrait of Americans searching for meaning in a violent, fragmented world. What a marvelous novel this is.” – Ron Rash

Golf author Pete Hoyer to speak at Sunset River Marketplace April 13

J. Peter (Pete) Hoyer is scheduled to speak at Sunset River Marketplace on Thursday, April 6 from 10 – 11 a.m. as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. Characters On the Green: Everyday Golfers are the Real Character of the Game is Hoyer’s first book. Inspiration came after more than 40 years of golfing with zany personalities and their unique situations. Undoubtedly, readers have met some of these characters whether on the course or elsewhere. It is intentionally lighthearted and fun, much like the game of golf is supposed to be for amateurs.

 

Hoyer is a retired military veteran, honored as a Distinguished Member of the U.S. Army Transportation Corps Regiments and for continued service with the Dept. of the Army. During his years of combined military and civilian service, he has mentored and taught logistics and transportation to soldiers of every rank. He commanded an Army transportation truck company and was executive officer of a logistics battalion, among many other assignments. He holds a B.A. degree from the Citadel and a Masters from Webster University, as well as a second Masters from Troy State University.

 

He has been involved in several professional tournaments. He was a marshal at the 2013 and 2014 PGA tournaments and the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. For 17 consecutive years he directed an annual amateur tournament on Veterans’ Day. When he’s not on the course, he volunteers to coach youth baseball and golf teams. He currently resides in North Carolina with his golf-weary wife, Carol.

 

The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom from, painting and pottery classes, and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub from both NC’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, SC.

 

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10  a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910.575.5999 or visit the website: www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com. For daily updates, “like” the gallery on Facebook .

 

 

Author Carole O’Neill to speak at Sunset River Marketplace March 9

Carole O’ Neill will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC, March 9 from 10 – 11 a.m. as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series.

 

O’Neill’s book, Hidden Truth: A Seaside Murder, is a story woven around an actual murder in the Victorian town of Onset Village in coastal Massachusetts. For half a century, local residents have tried to forget the murder of a beautiful tourist who came to enjoy the sun and dance in the Casino Ballroom. When broadcast journalist Samantha Scott purchases a local cottage, she finds herself in the middle of a cold case with enough evidence to solve the almost perfect murder.

 

O’Neill’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

 

Upcoming Coffee With the Authors events include:

May 11. Curtis J. James (High Hand) International thriller.

September 14. Arleen Mercorella (A Matter of Survival-The Story of Frances) Journey into Alzheimer’s disease. A true story.

October 12. Paul Grimshaw (Travelers of the Gray Dawn and Voyagers of the Gray Dawn) Civil War tales.

November 9. Ann Ipock (Life is Short, Pack Your Bags NOW!) Ipock’s fourth book about her approach to life.

December 14. Steve McMillen. (Death on Mount Pleasant) The lastest Mickke D adventure.

 

About Sunset River Marketplace

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry. There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. A custom framing department is available. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at www.sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy. 179), Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s page on Facebook.

Moveable Feast Features Greg Isles

 

Literary luncheons with exciting authors at area restaurants

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year.  For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $30 (with a $5 cash rebate if the featured book is purchased). For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or visit ClassAtPawleys.com.

WEDNESDAY, March 29 ~ Greg Iles (Mississippi Blood) at Pawleys Plantation in the Myrtle Beach, SC area

This is the third and final installment in the Natchez Burning series of Penn Cage novels by New York Times bestseller Greg Iles. Counter to publishing pigeon-holing, Iles writes in a variety of genres from World War II thrillers to female protagonists. Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making – one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats and one through which the author survived a near-fatal traffic accident. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South.

Coffee With the Authors Dec. 8 at Sunset River Marketplace

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Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, NC continues its ongoing literary series, Coffee With the Authors, with Eleanor Selph on Thursday, Dec. 8 from 10 to 11 a.m.  Coffee, tea and refreshments will be served. The event is free, however seating is limited so reservations are required.

 

Selph is the author of “Hamburger & Milkshake: Amazing Journey of a Southern Belle.” The writer says, “I was inspired to share my incredible life’s story (including miracle) with the public. From the time of my birth until present day, I have experienced incidents along life’s journey, which I believe will enable and encourage my fellow man to take more seriously their own journeys through life and take nothing for granted.”

 

The author is the owner of Selph Computing. She says that through her business she assists others in improving their work experience and encouraging them to see the brighter side of their daily existence, and to understand that this life is just a small moment in time.

 

To reserve a spot, call the gallery at 910.575.5999 or sign up online by visiting the gallery’s Coffee With the Authors blog at sunsetrivermarketplace.com.

 

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both Brunswick County in North Carolina and nearby Horry County, SC

 

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call the gallery or visit the website. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.

 

 

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Marjory Wentworth Discusses Mother Emanuel AME Tragedy

Dec. 9 ~ Marjory Wentworth (We Are Charleston: Tragedy and Triumph at Mother Emanuelat Carefree Catering

41sxgr8pzjl-_sx331_bo1204203200_On June 17, 2015, at 9:05 p.m., a young man with a handgun opened fire on a prayer meeting at the (AME) Church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine members of the congregation. The captured shooter, twenty-one-year-old Dylan Roof, a white supremacist, was charged with their murders. Two days after the shooting, while Roof’s court hearing was held on video conference, the families of his nine victims, one by one, appeared on the screen – forgiving the killer. The “Emanuel Nine” set a profound example for their families, their city, their nation, and indeed the world. Written by Herb Frazier, Bernard Edward Powers Jr., and Marjory Wentworth, We Are Charleston tells the story of a people, continually beaten down, who seem to continually triumph over the worst of adversity. The writers not only recount the events of that terrible day but also offer a history lesson that reveals a deeper look at the suffering, triumph, and even the ongoing rage of the people who formed Mother Emanuel A.M.E. church and the wider denominational movement.

 

The Moveable Feast is held at area restaurants throughout the year on Fridays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. On occasion, an author’s book tour schedule is accommodated with a mid-week or even a Saturday Moveable Feast. For each feast, the chef prepares an exquisite menu, typically unavailable during the restaurant’s public hours. The presentation precedes the meal. Individuals, couples, friends, book clubs and other groups are assigned table seating. Each literary luncheon is followed by a book signing at Litchfield Books for those unable to participate in the feast. Each feast is $25 (occasionally more when the book is included); books are available at a 10% discount from Litchfield Books. For schedules and reservations, call 843-235-9600 or www.classatpawleys.com