The Art of the Short Story Lecture Oct. 9, 2014

The Art of the Short Story: Lecture and Discussion for Readers & Writers at Taylor Books,taylor books photo htm

THE ART OF THE SHORT STORY: For Readers & Writers

October 9, 2014   5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Taylor Books at  226 Capitol Street, Charleston, West Virginia

Taylor Books will host a free and open-to-the-public lecture and discussion on The Art of the Short Story, presented by Mary Ann Henry, author of the recently published short story collection, Ladies in Low Places.  According to the author, “We’ll examine issues such as the structure of the short story and how it differs from the novel, whether the protagonist has to be ‘edgy’ to fit contemporary tastes, and where the short story is in the literary world today.” The lecture is appropriate for emerging writers, as well as more advanced writers, and for readers as well. For more information, go to

Book Signing Sept. 9, 2014

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 5 pm – 7 pm Blue Bicycle Books
420 King St. Charleston SC 29403

ladies in low places mary ann henryWhile the setting may be Southern, the themes are universal as the “ladies” in this eighteen-story collection search for family, home, and their own authentic selves. Based in South Carolina’s and Georgia’s Lowcountry, the main characters range in age from eighteen to eighty. But, whether they live in the grand homes of Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah or in the ramshackle hamlets that dot Highway 17, each of the characters find that it’s often the low places in life that create the best foundation from which to move forward.

Author Mary Ann Henry, who will be signing at Blue Bicycle Books on September 9, explains, “I wanted to write stories that are uniquely southern and female. Some of the characters are quirky or eccentric; a couple are tragic; many are downright funny; but all, I think, are brave in their own way.”

From a high school girl who gets into trouble when she creates the cyber identity of Nouveau Southern Floozy – to a middle aged housewife who doesn’t learn about love until her husband moves into a tree house in the backyard – each character has something to say about surviving and thriving in the face of challenges.

mary ann profile LILP pic 300dpiHenry has previously published short stories in literary reviews. She currently teaches writing workshops and serves as a mentor and writing coach for the Lowcountry Writers’ Retreat in Folly Beach, South Carolina.

LEARN MORE about Ladies In Low Places and Mary Ann Henry at