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The Human Experience of Love, Loss, and Living a Full Life with Terry Helwig & Mary Alice Monroe

April 20, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


If only you could meet your younger, greener self, along life’s shore, what might you say?

Join CLS as we explore this perennial question with author Terry Helwig in her new book, Shifting Shorelines​: Messages From A Wiser Self. Joined by renowned author Mary Alice Monroe, these two authors will dive deep into the human experiences of love, loss, and living a full life. This event is in-person and free, but an RSVP is required. 

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To purchase your copy of Shifting Shorelines from Buxton Books, click here.

About the Authors:

Terry Helwig is an award-winning author whose new book, Shifting Shorelines, has been praised as a twenty-first century Gift from the Sea. Terry’s wise, lyrical, and heartwarming prose reveals a deep thinker who finds meaning and correlation between both her inner and outer worlds. A naturalist at heart, with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, Terry says nature and synchronicity have been two of her most profound teachers. Her favorite pastime, combing the beach of a Florida barrier island, is a dream come true—especially for a child whose turbulent upbringing threatened to overwhelm her. Terry recounts her early struggle to keep hope alive in her coming-of-age memoir Moonlight on Linoleum, which won Elle Magazine’s 2012 Grand Prix Nonfiction Book of the Year.

Mary Alice Monroe is the New York Times bestselling author of 27 books, including The Summer of Lost and Found, the 2021 installment in her beloved Beach House series. Monroe has also published children’s books which complement the environmental themes she is known for in her adult novels. Monroe’s middle grade series, written with Angela May, The Islanders, debuted #2 on the New York Times in 2021. The second book in the series, Search for Treasure, will be released in summer 2022.  Nearly eight million copies of her books have been published worldwide. Mary Alice has earned numerous accolades and awards including induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors’ Hall of Fame; the Southwest Florida Author of Distinction Award; South Carolina Award for Literary Excellence; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and the prestigious Southern Book Prize for Fiction. Her bestselling novel The Beach House is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. Monroe is the co-creator of the weekly web show and podcast Friends and Fiction. Monroe is an active conservationist and serves on the South Carolina Aquarium Board Emeritus, The Leatherback Trust, The Pat Conroy Literary Center Honorary Board, and Casting Carolinas Advisory Board. She is especially proud to be a twenty year plus state-certified volunteer with the Island Turtle Team.

About the Book:

Terry Helwig explores how the human heart, tested by time and adversity, broken open by love and beauty, ripens and bears fruit. Her lyrical and compelling reflections awaken our sense of wonder to our place in the vast universe, to the ebb and flow of joy and loss, and to the sacred treasure of being alive. Set on her beloved, Florida barrier island, Helwig discovers a landscape of fierce beauty within as well as without. She uncovers the solace of following the phases of the moon, the curve of a shell, and the solstice path of the sun. Nature reconnects us to our true center—that place where wisdom blossoms. Inspired by years of living beside the sea, the book’s three sections—ebb tide, slack tide, and flood tide—metaphorically refer to times of loss, equanimity, and fullness. “The dance of these perpetual tides in our daily lives,” writes Helwig, “continually shifts the shoreline of who we are, and, more importantly, who we will become.”


April 20, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm