Wild Dunes Author Series hosted by Mary Alice Monroe, featuring Elizabeth Berg, Kate Quinn, and Signe Pike
Pictured L to R: Elizabeth Berg, Mary Alice Monroe, Kate Quinn, Signe Pike, Polly Buxton


The annual Wild Dunes Author Series raised a record-setting amount of money– more than $8000 –for the local literacy organization Reading Partners South Carolina.

Also newsworthy, we have already set the date for the 2021 event. Keep reading for details!

More than 350 people attended the January 19th event “Wild Dunes Presents: A Conversation with Mary Alice Monroe” featuring bestselling novelists Elizabeth Berg, Kate Quinn, and Signe Pike. The conversation was so captivating… none of us wanted it to end! I loved the wit, humor, insight, and intelligence displayed by this group of writers.

A total of $8,414.57 was raised for Reading Partners South Carolina, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing young students who struggle to read with individualized reading support in Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester county schools.

This was a record-setting amount raised from the Wild Dunes Author Series, which I launched more than a decade ago in partnership with Wild Dunes Resort. Along with their stalwart support, local business partners Buxton Books, Firefly Distillery, Mary Edna Fraser, and Holy City Straw Company contributed to the overall success of this fundraising event. Guests participated in a silent auction organized by Reading Partners. And, even the featured authors generously donated their time to be a part of the literary tradition for literacy. Everyone contributed to making this a success in every way, especially for local literacy!

This year, Wild Dunes Resort also provided an all new two-night VIP Weekend Package for attendees, complete with special resort amenities and activities including exclusive meet-and-greet time with me at the South Carolina Aquarium. We had so much fun! It was a special weekend for all.

The 2021 Wild Dunes Author Series will be held Sunday, January 17th. I’ll announced the featured authors later this summer.

Reading Partners has chapters set up across the country. To learn more about this vital literacy program, visit www.ReadingPartners.org.