Mary Alice Monroe and Friends

Mary Alice Monroe and Friends


NYT Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe launches “Conversations with Mary Alice Monroe and Friends” with the Lanier Library in Tryon, NC, on Saturday, November 23rd.  The partnership with the library began with the launch of Monroe’s latest book The Summer Guests in April and will continue with the “conversations” series.

Monroe’s first guest will be Cassandra King Conroy, popular Southern author and widow of Pat Conroy.  They will discuss King’s latest Book, Tell Me a Story, a memoir of her life with Conroy, which comes out in October 2019.

Details and tickets will be available soon at this site!



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.”

On November 23rd, the Lanier Library will hold the next in its series of events with Tryon-resident and New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe.  The first event in the “Conversations With Mary Alice Monroe and Friends” series will feature Cassandra King Conroy.  Cassandra and Mary Alice will talk about Cassandra’s latest book, Tell Me A Story, a memoir about her life with Pat Conroy, a favorite author of many Lanier Library members. Details of the event are still being finalized, but the projected time is 4:00 to 6:00 pm on Saturday, November 23rd.

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