Small Towns: Forging Bonds in a House a the Water's Edge

Decatur Library presented by WABE

Saturday, 3:00-3:45

What secrets are nestled in these cozy small towns; the ones with those marshes, that one library, and the dreamers and seekers? And will the discovery of those secrets be enough to save the protagonists of Patti Callahan Henry's The Bookshop at Water's End, Mary Alice Monroe's Beach House for Rent, and Zoe Fishman's Inheriting Edith?


Zoe Fishman

Zoe Fishman is the critically acclaimed author of Inheriting Edith, (Morrow, October ’16), Driving Lessons (Morrow, April ’14), Saving Ruth (Morrow, May ’12) and Balancing Acts (Harper, March ’10). Her books have been translated into Hebrew, German, Italian, Dutch and Polish, and are also available in Audio and Large Print editions. She’s the recipient of myriad awards, including an IndieNext Pick, Target’s Breakout and Emerging Author Picks, a NY Post Pick, a Mom’s Choice Award and a Barnes & Noble Hot Read.

Interviews and profiles of her have been featured on NBC’s “Atlanta & Co.” and FGTV, as well as in Publisher’s Weekly, Mobile Bay Magazine, The Atlanta Jewish Times and The Huffington Post. Her articles have been published in Time Out and on, among others.

Zoe worked in the New York publishing industry for 13 years in the editorial department of Random House, the rights department of Simon & Schuster and later, as an agent for two boutique literary firms before moving to Atlanta in August of 2011 with her family. She teaches writing at The Decatur Writers Studio and The Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, and will be the Visiting Writer this Spring at SCAD Atlanta’s Ivy Hall.

Patti Callahan Henry

Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include The Idea of Love, The Stories We Tell, And Then I Found You, Coming Up for Air, The Perfect Love Song, Driftwood Summer, The Art of Keeping Secrets, Between the Tides, When Light Breaks, Where the River Runs and Losing the Moon. Short-listed for the Townsend Prize for Fiction, and nominated multiple times for the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Book Award for Fiction, Patti is a frequent speaker at luncheons, book clubs and women’s groups.

Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels, including The Summer Girls, The Summer Wind, The Summer’s End, Last Light Over Carolina, Time Is a River, Sweetgrass, Skyward, The Beach House, Beach House Memories, Swimming Lessons, The Four Seasons, The Book Club, and Beach House for Rent. 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 SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, and the International Book Award for Green Fiction. Monroe's novel A Lowcountry Christmas recently won a 2017 Southern Book Prize for Fiction. And in 2018, she will be formally inducted into the Literary Hall of Fame by the South Carolina Academy of Authors.An active conservationist, she lives in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.


Kathie Bennett

Kathie Bennett is founder and president of Magic Time Literary Agency.

In addition to a 35-year career with Delta Air Lines, Bennett has spearheaded philanthropic efforts throughout the south. A graduate of The University of the South with a bachelor's degree in English, she is passionate in her commitment to family literacy initiatives. She has served on several boards where her gifts for fundraising and event planning have thrived, setting a stage for not-for-profits to flourish. She is co-founder of an innovative summer reading program, which has received national press. This program integrates authors’ engagement with students as well as providing books and interactive studies, creating exciting incentives for a summer educational program.

Magic Time Literary Publicity was born in response to the need Bennett perceived on the literary landscape for the role of author advocate. Determined to find paths for emerging writers as well as the forgotten book, Bennett’s mission as book champion was born. Today her agency provides services as publicist and booking agent for academic, corporate and not-for-profit arenas. Book tours are tailored to the individual needs of the author with a focus on meaningful book sales with keynote opportunities, book festivals, and school presentations.

Bennett and her husband live in Spartanburg, S.C. and are the proud parents of two daughters who live in Atlanta.