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Best-selling author to read from horse-themed novel during Equestrian Games

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Best-selling author Mary Alice Monroe will make guest appearances to read excerpts from her newest novel, "The Summer Guests," as part of the programming courtesy of Brooke USA during the World World Equestrian Games.

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Monroe will speak about the inspiration for "The Summer Guests," set in the Tryon and Wellington, Florida, equestrian communities, and the power of story to connect people and the animal world. Her richly-textured books delve into the complexities of interpersonal relationships and parallels between the land and life.

Brooke USA, sister charity of Brooke, the Official Charity of the games, is sponsoring the sneak peek readings, which will take place at 10 a.m. Sept. 14 and11 a.m. Sept. 15 in the EQUUS Theater.

Monroe's novels have achieved many lists, including the New York TimesUSA Today and the Southern Independent Book Alliance. She has received numerous awards, including several Readers' Choice Awards; the 2014 SC Book Festival Award for Excellence in Writing; the 2015 SW Florida Book Festival Distinguished Author Award; RT Lifetime Achievement Award; and the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing. Most recently, Monroe was named by the South Carolina Academy of Authors as a member of the Literary Hall of Fame.

A passionate conservationist, Monroe uses her novels and her celebrity to bring public awareness to the plight of the world's endangered, undervalued, and sometimes obscure creatures. This commitment has drawn her most recently to the plight of working equines in the developing world and the work being done by Brooke USA to ease the suffering of these animals. Katherine Bellissimo, Chief Marketing Officer of Tryon International Equestrian Center and Brooke USA board member, contributed the forward in support of this effort. 
Pre-orders of "The Summer Guests" will be available during WEG and as a gift. Purchasers will receive the first three chapters of "The Summer Guests," and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Brooke USA. Monroe will also be available after her presentation for autographs.
Tickets to the World Equine Expo are included with any WEG competition ticket, and can also be purchased separately at