J. Boykin Baker to speak about her By Design trilogy on Jan. 9

J. Boykin Baker will be the first speaker for the gallery’s 2020 Coffee With the Authors season on Thursday, Jan. 9 from 10 – 11 a.m. The event is free, but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot. Coffee, tea, and breakfast treats will be served. Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (NC 179) in Calabash, NC.

Janet Boykin Baker has written a trilogy of novels following the new love and life of a young Southern designer in Atlanta, GA. According to the author, it is written to both entertain and and encourage young women to take control of their destinies.

Baker grew up in Wilson, NC. She knew by the ripe old age of seven (after seeing Pillow Talk) that the only career for her was interior design. After college, marriage and babies, her dream of being an interior designer came true with the start of her own design firm in Atlanta, CA.

During her years as president of her company, she worked with many women, mentoring them through a range of struggles, eventually founding a nonprofit, Widow’s Mite Experience, to provide emergency water relief for families in the U.S. and around the world. The ministry is now active in 32 countries.

Her writing career began with a series of children’s books illustrating the unusual travels of a doll named Mary Margaret. She has written two pilots about antics of Southern women and how to design with the mystique of Souther comfort and has had number of her interiors published in magazines from coast to coast.

With the publication of her By Design trilogy, Baker hopes to have a crossover appeal to women of all ages who are experiencing – or remembering – the intensity of a new love. She speaks on national television, radio and on international platforms. Baker was recently named one of North Carolina’s Women of Achievement by the GFWC-NC.