ALLANDALE — New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will kick off a busy schedule in June with the release of her new novel, “Beach House for Rent”, which will take her on a coast-to-coast book tour promoting her latest work and sharing a message of conservation to help protect beaches and the wildlife that rely on the coastal habitat for survival.
That tour will bring Monroe to Hawkins County in June as The Literacy Council of Kingsport and Friends of Allandale welcome her to the historic Allandale Mansion on Thursday, June 29.
“Monroe at the Mansion” will be a literacy luncheon joint fundraiser, and a copy of her new hardback book will be included with advance ticket purchases.
Published by Gallery Books (an imprint of Simon & Schuster), “Beach House for Rent” is a stand-alone novel. However, it is also the final installment of Monroe’s successful Beach House Series, which began with “The Beach House”, first released in 2002, and is now being adapted to a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie by the Hallmark Channel, starring three-time Golden Globe nominee Andie MacDowell, who is also an executive producer of the movie.
The Hallmark Channel plans to air “The Beach House” in May 2018.
Monroe, who is lauded for writing stories that intertwine human nature with the natural world, raises awareness about the beauty and fragility of migrating shorebirds and the brown pelican species, will share with readers and those who attend the luncheon an inspiring message to show how they can help take better care of beaches.
Monroe also has a connection to Kingsport author Leigh Anne W. Hoover. The two are friends and connected after Hoover read “The Beach House”, which was during her mother’s final summer before losing a battle with cancer.
When Hoover had the opportunity to interview Monroe as part of an article on the Sea Turtle Hospital in Charleston for East Tennessee Medical News, the two vowed to one day have a fundraiser for the Literacy Council of Kingsport. The first was held in 2012.
Monroe has endorsed Hoover’s children’s books, well-known “The Santa Train Tradition” and award-winning “Festus and His Fun Fest Favorites”.
Both Monroe and Hoover share a desire to educate, create awareness and to give back. Each believes her first responsibility is as a storyteller, yet factual information is woven throughout their stories.
“For me, it’s about preserving actual events and environmentalism,” said Monroe. “I’m a storyteller. I don’t tell or teach as much as create a story world that establishes a meaningful relationship with nature to make readers aware through the power of story.”
Hoover is an advocate for literacy and focuses on connecting children and adults to actual events in our region. Her books also benefit the Literacy Council of Kingsport, Inc.
“Whether it’s the Appalachian tradition of the ‘Santa Train’, our regional festival, Fun Fest, or illiteracy in my adult Christian book, I want readers to connect to community events and issues,” explained Hoover. “Parents can create readers by reading aloud, engaging children, and talking about events they can go and see.”
Hoover’s two children’s books and her adult Christian books will also be available for purchase at the event.
“Monroe at the Mansion” will be held in the Allandale Picnic Pavilion, and this will be the author’s only tour stop in the Tri-Cities.
Attendees’ ticket purchases will include the luncheon and hardback copy of “Beach House for Rent”. An event-only ticket option is also available.
Additional Monroe titles will also be available for purchase at the luncheon, where the bestselling author will speak, take questions from the audience, and sign books.
Tickets are limited and readers may register online at www.literacycouncilofkingsport.org.
For additional information, call the Literacy Council of Kingsport 423-392-4643.