Friends of the Library Beach Series

For the safety of our attendees, reservations will be limited due to social distancing.


Friends of the Library is delighted to announce a new author series.  The Friends of the Library Beach Series will be held in downtown Naples at The Naples Players Sugden Community Theatre.  Come to Fifth Avenue for popular authors who will stimulate and delight you with their stories and ideas…make it a day and have lunch first at one of the many wonderful restaurants in Naples.

2021 - 2022 Lecture Series

Mary Alice Monroe

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including the bestselling The Beach House series.  Monroe also writes children’s picture books and a new middle grade fiction series, The Islanders.  Monroe is a member of the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame, and her books have received numerous awards, including the South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing, the South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence, the SW Florida Author of Distinction Award, the RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the International Book Award for Green Fiction, the Henry Bergh Award for Children’s Fiction, and her novel,  A Lowcountry Christmas won the prestigious Southern Prize for Fiction.  The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starring Andie McDowell.  Several of her novels are optioned for film.  She is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcasts Friends & Fiction.  Monroe is also an active conservationist and serves on several boards.  She lives on the South Carolina coast, which is a source of inspiration for many of her books.

Photo Credit:  Anne Rhett Photography

Kristy Woodson Harvey

Friday, April 1, 2022

Kristy Woodson Harvey is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Under the Southern Sky, Feels Like Falling, and The Peachtree Bluff series.  A Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s school of journalism, her writing has appeared in numerous online and print publications including Southern Living, Traditional Home, USA TODAY, Domino, and O. Henry.  Kristy is the winner of the Lucy Bramlette Patterson Award for Excellence in Creative Writing and a finalist for the Southern Book Prize.  Her work has been optioned for film and television, and her books have received numerous accolades including Southern Living’s Most Anticipated Beach Reads, Parade’s Big Fiction Reads, and Entertainment Weekly’s Spring Reading Picks.  Kristy is the co-creator and co-host of the weekly web show and podcast Friends & Fiction.  She blogs with her mom Beth Woodson on Design Chic, and loves connecting with fans on  She lives on the North Carolina coast with her husband and son where she is (always!) working on her next novel.

Photo credit:  Jay Ackerman Photography

Venue Details

Blackburn Hall at the Sugden Community Theatre
701 5th Ave.
Naples, FL  34102

Event Schedule

Cost:  $55.00

Lecture:  2 p.m.

Book signing to follow.

This is a Friends members event.  Memberships start at $30 for a full year from the date you join.

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