TICKETS ON SALE for the 19th Annual Wild Dunes Author Event & Weekend with Mary Alice Monroe
Tickets are on sale now for the 19th Annual Wild Dunes Author Event & Weekend with Mary Alice Monroe January 13-14, 2024 on Isle of Palms, South Carolina for the island’s biggest literary weekend experience of the year. Come see why Forbes Magazine calls this event one of “10 Reasons to Visit Charleston This Winter.”
Meet the headlining authors
William Kent Krueger is the New York Times bestselling novelist of 24 novels. The Cork O’Conner mystery series has garnered numerous awards. His runaway bestselling stand-alone novels, including This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace also won multiple awards, including The Edgar Award for Best Novel; The Anthony Award for Best Novel; The Barry Award for Best Novel; and the Macavity Award for Best Mystery Novel. Krueger lives in Minnesota. His newest novel, The River We Remember, is one of the year’s most anticipated books and a featured title at this year’s event.
Shelby Van Pelt is the New York Times bestselling author of Remarkably Bright Creatures, a wildly successful debut novel. Shelby has garnered many accolades including the Read with Jenna Today Show Book Club Pick. It was also named a Best Book of Summer by the Chicago Tribune, The View, Southern Living, and USA Today. Van Pelt lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Remarkably Bright Creatures is a featured title at this year’s event.
Stacy Willingham is the New York Times bestselling author of three novels. Her debut novel, A Flicker in the Dark, was an instant national bestseller and was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Mystery & Thriller and Best First Novel. A TV series adaptation is in the works. Stacy lives in Charleston. Her newest novel, Only If You’re Lucky, debuts January 16 and we have early copies at our event as a featured title.
Mary Alice Monroe is the award winning, New York Times bestselling author of 30 novels and children’s books. A longtime Isle of Palms resident and creator of the Wild Dunes Author Event, Mary Alice welcomes some of today’s most popular writers to the literary stage at Wild Dunes Resort and moderates the conversation.
Buxton Books is the sponsoring bookseller of the Wild Dunes Author Series Weekend.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE WILD DUNES LITERARY EVENT
SUNDAY JANUARY 14TH
Sunday is the main event with two ticketing options. Guests will experience a 75-minute in-depth and lively author conversation moderated by Mary Alice Monroe. Together on stage, in an intimate setting, she’ll dive deep into their novels, their writing journeys, their personal lives, and their inspiration. A portion of the conversation will include questions from the audience.
Sunday’s experience will include a complimentary signature cocktail, appetizers, a coffee bar, and dessert for all to enjoy as you peruse a curated silent auction and the pop-up book shop and more. Doors open at 1 p.m. The conversation begins at 2 p.m.
Guests who reserve their tickets to the Wild Dunes Author Event with Mary Alice Monroe unlock access to an array of additional Saturday offerings! We have two types of tickets available for purchase online.
- General Admission Ticket: $65.00 The general admission ticket includes general seating in the Osprey Ballroom at Sweetgrass Inn, a complimentary cocktail, coffee, and appetizers, plus one (1) autographed hardcover of the featured title of your choice. This ticket is a key to participate in all of the additional ticketed weekend events.
- VIP Ticket: $125.00 The VIP ticket includes an autographed hardcover of all three (3) featured titles, a Buxton Books tote bag, premiere seating in the front rows of the Osprey Ballroom at Sweetgrass Inn, and a fast pass to one author’s’ signing table immediately after the conversation. Ticket also includes a complimentary cocktail, coffee, and appetizers. This ticket is a key to participate in all of the additional ticketed weekend events. There is a limited number of VIP tickets available.
SATURDAY LITERARY WORKSHOPS
The Wild Dunes Author Event with Mary Alice Monroe includes an exciting array of weekend workshops scheduled for Saturday, January 13th. Registration to these literary events is only available to guests who have purchased a ticket to the Sunday Main Event, which unlocks access to these additional experiences with our authors.
- 10:00 am Morning Mimosas Book Launch with Stacy Willingham
Enjoy mimosas and a coffee bar at the Indigo Room & Rooftop with Charleston’s acclaimed mystery novelist Stacy Willingham as we celebrate the upcoming launch of her new thriller Only If You’re Lucky. Guests will receive a signed first-edition hardcover before the official release! Enjoy a candid conversation about Willingham’s novels led by Buxton Books owner Polly Buxton. This is the perfect experience for book clubs!
- 1:00 pm SOLD OUT Nature as a Muse: Excursion to Dewees Island with Shelby Van Pelt and Mary Alice Monroe
Guests will have a rare chance to experience life as an Islander on this remote and private barrier island. Meet at the Dewees Island marina to hop aboard the 12:00 ferry for a guided cruise with master naturalist Judy Fairchild. Once on island, we’ll travel past pristine marshes and forests on crushed shell roads to join the Dewees Island book club for a casual meet-n-greet and conversation, followed by a book signing. Bestselling novelists Shelby Van Pelt and Mary Alice Monroe will share their experiences being inspired by nature in their lives and their work. A pop-up bookshop will be on site. This event supports the Dewees Island Conservancy, which protects the fragile barrier island habitat so nature can thrive. Don’t miss this rare opportunity! THESE TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT
- 5:00 pm Happy Hour and Mysteries with William Kent Krueger and Mary Alice Monroe
Grab a drink and enjoy an up-close conversation with William Kent Krueger and Mary Alice Monroe, as they talk about Krueger’s popular bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery book series. Enjoy wine and cheese at the beautiful art gallery at Wild Dunes Resort. Guests will also receive a signed paperback copy of the featured books from Krueger’s mystery series.
Saturday events are only available to those who are Sunday Main Event ticket holders.
LITERARY ARTS SUPPORTING LITERACY
The Wild Dunes Author Event with Mary Alice Monroe proudly supports literacy, and proceeds from the event will go to Reading Partners SC, a 501(c)(3) organization that provides weekly one-on-one tutoring for local elementary school students to help them develop strong literacy skills. We’re grateful to the authors for donating their time to support literacy and are extremely grateful to our sponsors for their generous support.
WILD DUNES HOTEL RESERVATIONS
The Wild Dunes Author Event & Weekend with Mary Alice Monroe includes an opportunity to treat yourself to stay on property at the world-class Wild Dunes Resort. Opportunities to golf, swim, enjoy the spa, and of course walk the beach await you!
This is a special opportunity for friends, couples, and book clubs to gather at a luxury seaside resort to celebrate a shared love of books. Call Wild Dunes Resort at 866-499-7122 to receive an exclusive promo code for your room rate.
Treat yourself to this literary experience at the beach!
The season of gift giving is approaching! A ticket to the Wild Dunes Author Event with Mary Alice Monroe is a perfect gift for your book-loving friend, spouse, or family member. And it’s perfect for book clubs!
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