Friday, May 21, 2021 Charleston County Library

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Charleston County Public Library (CCPL) will host New York Times bestselling author and Charleston local Mary Alice Monroe and her longtime colleague and co-author Angela May for a free in-person drive-thru book signing of their new book for young readers, The Islanders, on Saturday, June 12 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. outside the Wando Mount Pleasant Library, located at 1400 Carolina Park Blvd. This event is part of CCPL’s 2021 Summer Reading program, Tails and Tales

Reservations are required for this free event. Drive-thru time-slots are available in 15-minute increments from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Reservations can be made online at Copies of the book are not included with admission; however books can be purchased in advance to be picked up at the event. This is a great opportunity to get an early copy of The Islanders, as the book will not be released to the public until June 15! Monroe and May will also be available, upon request, for socially distanced photos with event attendees. Attendees are asked to remain in their vehicles.  

The Islanders is the story of friendships forged in the wild and what happens when kids unplug and experience nature’s power to heal and unite. Eleven-year-old Jake is spending the summer with his internet-and-TV-averse grandmother on remote Dewees Island. The South Carolina barrier island is a nature sanctuary, which means no paved roads, cars, stores, or restaurants, but plenty of wildlife and wide-open spaces. Alongside Jake and his new friends Macon and Lovie, readers will fall in love with the Lowcountry landscape as well as the furry, finned, and feathered animals with whom they share it.     

For more information about the book and its authors, visit For details on the event, or assistance with making reservations, visit or call the Wando Mount Pleasant Library at 843-805-6888. 


About the Authors: 

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times best-selling author of more than twenty books, including the recent The Summer of Lost and Found, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, Beach House for Rent, Beach House Reunion, and On Ocean Boulevard. She is a 2018 inductee into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the 2014 South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the 2015 Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. The Beach House is also a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. The Islanders is her first novel for middle-grade readers. 

Angela May is a former television news journalist who helps promote great books and share important community stories as a media specialist. She’s been working with Mary Alice Monroe for more than a decade. This is their first book together! Angela lives with her family in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.