Mary Alice Monroe Book Launch




The national launch of New York Times best selling author Mary Alice Monroe’s latest book, The Summer Guests, on June 7th at the Tryon Fine Arts Center, was a great success!  The ticketed event hosted nearly 200 attendees and benefited the Lanier Library. The Summer Guests is primarily set in the Tryon equestrian community with some familiar Tryon residents amongst the characters in the book, many of their real-life inspirations joining Mary Alice on stage for the program.


“We are extremely grateful to Mary Alice Monroe for partnering with the Lanier Library on this important literary event,” said Peter Franklin, Lanier’s Executive Officer.   “We believe that this book will appeal strongly to members of our community.  Not only is Mary Alice a part-time Tryon resident and member of the Lanier Library, The Summer Guests is set in the Tryon equestrian community and features both equine and canine rescue themes.”


The June 7th event is the first in a series of Lanier Library programs that will feature Mary Alice Monroe along with some of her friends who just happen to also be award-winning authors.  The next event is scheduled for November 23 with Mary Alice talking to author Cassandra King about her upcoming book, Tell Me a Story: My Life with Pat Conroy.

If you have questions about this event or would like to volunteer to help, please contact Peter Franklin at







Lanier Library gratefully acknowledges support of this event from these sponsors: 

Bonnie Lingerfelt Owner/Broker RE/MAX Advantage Realty
Tryon Riding & Hunt Club
Cindy & John Boyle Wells Fargo Advisors
International Equestrian Foundation
The Coca-Cola Company
St. Luke’s Hospital
Major funding for the Lanier Library provided by the Polk County Community Foundation