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Mary Alice Monroe

Time is a River

PRESENTING:Saturday, 2/28, 12:40 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., Richland A&B


New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina.

Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.

Since then, she has explored the problems of endangered sea turtles (The Beach House, Swimming Lesson, and her first children’s book, Turtle Summer), raptors (Skyward) and the indigenous grass and endangered ecosystem (Sweetgrass). In Time is a River, Mary Alice explores the mountains and rivers of North Carolina. Publishers Weekly wrote, “Monroe is in her element when describing the wonders of nature and the ways people relate to it.”

In July 2009, Pocket Books will release her newest novel, LAST LIGHT OVER CAROLINA, which brings alive the disappearing world of the coastal shrimping industry.

Monroe continues to write richly textured books that delve into the complexities of the human psyche and the parallels between the land and life. Mary Alice is an active conservationist. She is a dedicated member of the Isle of Palms/Sullivan’s Island Turtle Team and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium

Mary Alice Monroe’s novels are published worldwide. She was the 2008 recipient of the prestigious South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. Her work was featured at the South Carolina booth at the National Book Festival.

Mary Alice lives with her family on a barrier island off South Carolina. For information, videos, podcasts, and more, go to www.maryalicemonroe.com .

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