"The Summer Guests"

“The Summer Guests” by Mary Alice Monroe will be released nationwide June 11.

Mary Alice Monroe to kick off local book events for ‘The Summer Guests’ national release

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe, an Isle of Palms resident, will celebrate the June 11 nationwide release of her novel “The Summer Guests” with a whirlwind of book tour events in the Charleston area during the first week of national release.

  • June 9 at 3 p.m. at Dockery’s Restaurant, 880 Island Park Dr., Daniel Island. Hosted by Buxton Books and Skirt Magazine.
  • June 10 at 11:30 a.m. at Halls Signature Events at No. 5 Faber, 5 Faber St., Charleston. Hosted by Blue Bicycle Books.
  • June 11 at 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Towne Centre, 1716 Towne Centre Way, Mount Pleasant.
  • July 6 at 5:30 p.m. at Wild Dunes Resort Grand Pavilion, 1 Sundial Circle, Isle of Palms.

Monroe’s 30-city book tour includes additional local book signings later in the summer. The Timrod Library will host an event in Summerville on June 30. Wild Dunes Resort will host a seaside signing event on July 6.

Monroe’s new novel, “The Summer Guests,” is one of Southern Living’s “Beach Reads Perfect for Summer”. The story unfolds in middle of hurricane season with a group of strangers from the coastal communities of Charleston and Wellington, Fla. who evacuate to the foothills of North Carolina at a scenic horse farm where they ride out the storm together. During this short, but intense time at the farm, the evacuees must confront issues with each other and themselves. “The Summer Guests” explores how even during the worst of circumstances — or perhaps because of them — you discover what is most important in life.

“The Summer Guests” is inspired in part by Monroe’s own real life evacuation experiences. Monroe, who is known for weaving inspiring messages of conservation into her novels, thoughtfully weaves in the issue of climate change into “The Summer Guests.”