Marsha Tennant at Coffee With the Authors Nov. 8

Local children’s author Marsha Tennant is set to speak at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 10 – 11 a.m. as part of its Coffee With the Authors series.  Coffee, tea and breakfast treats will be served.

Tennant, who is well known for her Margaret, Pirate Queen books, will be speaking about her latest in the series, Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery and the role of women as pirates. Anne Bonny and Mary Read are the infamous female pirates who inspired the book.

Tennant says, “Yes! Some of the greatest pirates ever known were women. The usually dressed like me and fought like men with pistol and cutlass. Generally, women were not allowed on ships because they were considered bad luck. However some of the most tyrannical and brave were females. Each had their own unique and intriguing stories. Join the Sea Queen adventure as we travel along with them!”

Tennant was a career educator, retired from the Horry County school system. She has contributed to Mary Jane’s Farm Organic magazine and Sasee. Her work was also included in The Gullah Grass Doll Creation, a collection of essays on low country culture.

Coffee With the Authors is free, however seating is limited so reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 to hold your spot.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 150 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of oils, acrylics, watercolors, pastels, mixed media, art glass, fabric art, pottery, sculpture, turned and carved wood and artisan-created jewelry.

There are two onsite kilns and four wheels used by students in the ongoing pottery classes offered by the gallery. There are realistic and abstract art classes as well as workshops by nationally and regionally known artists. During select months, the gallery hosts Coffee With the Authors, a series of presentations by local and regional authors.  The gallery address is: 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, NC 28467. Hours are Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information, call 910.575.5999 or visit the website at Daily updates are available on the gallery’s Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

Trees: a Different Dimension

Photography exhibition, works by Louis Aliotta, also featuring wire sculpture by Dale Yarmuth

Oct. 10 – Nov. 10, 2018


Farm to Table

Group Exhibition

Nov. 2 – Dec. 1, 2018

Opening Reception Nov. 2, 5 – 7 p.m.


Coffee With the Authors

Marsha Tennant

Margaret and the Diamond Key Mystery

Nov. 8, 2018

10 – 11 a.m.

Free, RSVP

Holiday Art Market

Dec. 1, 2018

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Author Open House

Dec. 8, 2018

11 a.m. – 3 p.m.