The Summer Book Guide 

Chick Lit Cage Match: In the ultimate battle of words, which Lowcountry author will reign supreme?

Charleston's beloved authors have a lot in common, from best-selling titles that name-drop local beaches to dialogue oozing with Southern charm. You can always count on a healthy dose of romance, humor, and a little bit of faith in their books, and when it's all said and done, the protagonists find themselves — and usually the love of their life, too. They're all talented writers, but there can only be one Queen of Lowcountry Fiction. Pitted against each other in a literary cage match, only the strongest will survive.

The Contenders Latest Release
Dorothea Benton Frank Porch Lights — After the tragic loss of her firefighter husband, Jackie returns to Sullivan's Island to rediscover love and purpose with the help of her son and aging mother.
Nicole Seitz Beyond Molasses Creek — Retired flight attendant Ally Green returns to the Lowcountry after the death of her father, reigniting her relationship with neighbor Vesey Washington.
Mary Alice Monroe Beach House Memories — In this sequel to The Beach House, Olivia "Lovie" Rutledge looks back on her life in Charleston in the 1970s and takes solace in her love of sea turtles.
Katie Crouch White Glove War — The second in the young adult Magnolia League series, this book follows the youngest league members as they sift through their first season as members, encountering plenty of ghosts and hoodoo magic along the way.
Beth Webb Hart Love, Charleston — A bell-ringer at St. Michael's Church in downtown Charleston, Anne Brumley trusts in God and falls in love with a preacher-man.
Karen White Sea Change — Ava Whalen moves to St. Simons Island with her new husband and discovers dark secrets about his past — and her own.
Education How Local? Most Creative Titles No. Books Published Pat Conroy Says... Awards Other Writing Pet Projects
Fashion Institute of America Born on Sullivan's Island, splits time between N.J. and Lowcountry. Claims that family has been here for more than 300 years. Shi Creek,Isle of Palms,
Bulls Island,
Folly Beach

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"Dottie Frank's books are sexy and hilarious. She has staked out the Lowcountry of South Carolina as her personal literary property." 13 New York Times bestsellers. Lowcountry novels all the way. Frank serves on the board of the S.C. Historical Society and the S.C. Coastal Conservation League. She has held appointments to the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust. She often speaks to students about creative writing and the creative process.
B.A. in journalism and mass communications from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.F.A. in illustration from Savannah College of Art & Design Lives in Hilton Head. Saving Cicadas, The Spirit of Sweetgrass,
Trouble the Water

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"Nicole Seitz joins a long line of distinguished novelists who celebrate the rich culture of the Lowcountry of Southh Carolina. ... She joins Josephine Humphreys, Anne Rivers Siddons, Sue Monk Kidd, and Dorothea Benton Frank in her fascination with the Gullah culture." Best Book of 2008 by Library Journal, Indie Next List Notable pick for January 2010, SheReads March 2011 Book Club Selection, Pulpwood Queens April 2011 Bonus Selection, May 2011 FaithPoint Book-of-the-Month for Books-a-Million. Has written articles for The Island Packet, The Bluffton Packet, and South Carolina Magazine. Seitz is a painter, and she illustrated all of her book covers. She also teaches art at a local private school and she speaks about writing, art, and faith.
Studied journalism at Northwestern University. B.A. in Asian Studies and Japanese and M.A. in Education at Seton Hall University Chicago born, but has lived on Isle of Palms since 1999. Last Light Over Carolina, The Beach House, Sweetgrass

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"Every book that Mary Alice has written has felt like a homecoming to me." Multiple New York Times, SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, USA Today bestseller lists. Children's book won the ASPCA Henry Bergh award. Co-authored an English-language survival text, has written children's and non-fiction books. Writes romantic fantasy fiction under her real name, Mary Alice Kruesi. A passionate conservationist, Monroe serves on the board of the S.C. Aquarium, the Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Volunteers
for Literacy.
B.A. in American Civilizations from Brown University. and a M.F.A. in Fiction at Columbia University Lived here from infancy through high school, now splits time between Edisto Island and San Francisco. Men and Dogs,
Girls in Trucks,
The Magnolia League

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(co-authored two)
N/A Debut novel was a New York Times bestseller. YA fiction. Contributor to McSweeney's,
Slate, Glamour,
The Guardian,
and more.
Crouch writes for
national publications
about topics
ranging from the
Amanda Knox
scandal to a
Kate Spade
sample sale.
B.A. in English literature from Hollins University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College Grew up in North Litchfield Beach. Lives in downtown Charleston. Love, Charleston, The Wedding Machine, Grace at Low Tide

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"Welcome, Beth Webb Hart, to your well-deserved place as a writer who knows South Carolina's fabled Lowcountry well, and shares her knowledge with skill, wisdom, and beauty." Finalist for the 2006 Christy Awards, two books named Top 10 Christian Novels of 2006 by Booklist, ECPA best-seller in July 2008, two national teaching awards from Scholastic, Inc. and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Blogs at southernbelleview.com. Hart is the writer-in-residence at Ashley Hall. She lectures and has taught creative writing at the college and high school levels.
B.S. degree from Tulane University Grew up in London, now lives in Atlanta. On Folly Beach,
The Girl on Legare Street, The House on Tradd Street

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N/A Six New York Times bestsellers. National Readers' Choice Award (twice). Nominations for two RITAs, the SIBA Fiction Book of the Year. Earliest books were bodice-ripping romance novels.

According to her website,
White spends her spare time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking.

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