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II CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 65 Writers atthe Beach authors' dinner open to public Chances are if you dine out in one of Rehoboth, Bethany or Dewey Beach's more upscale restaurants between 6 and 8 p.m., Saturday, March 4, you'll be shar- ing your meal alongside a group of the visiting authors, editors, publishers and agents who are participating in the second annual Writers At The Beach: Pure Sea Glass writing conference. The writers will be joined by confer- ence participants as well as local residents who are interested in joining an Author Dinner. Those who wander into the Cultured Pearl on Wilmington Avenue in Rehoboth for instance, might overhear a conversation with Oprah book club author, Sheri Reynolds; literary agent, Candice Fuhrman; and memoirist, Nancy Kruse. Those who stroll around the corner to Espuma will see Roger Housden, author of 14 books, including the best-selling "Ten Poem" series, conversing with Debra Puglisi Sharp, whose book "Shattered: Reclaiming a Life in the Aftermath of Violence," land- ed Puglisi-Sharp guest appear- ances on .Oprah, 20/20 and the John Walsh show. Diners who head down Wilmington another block to Fusion, will see chil- dren's book reviewer and young adult author, Heather Hepler, who will be dining with YA author Lara Zeises and novelist and short story writer, Brad Barkley, author of the Booksense 76 pick, "Allison's Automotive Repair Manuel." Elsewhere in Rehoboth, William O'Sullivan, a features editor for The Washingtonian, will be dining with memoirist, poet and fiction writer Richard McCann at Sydney's; novelist Leslie Pietrzyk, travel writer and Flannery O'Connor Short Story Award winner, C.M.Mayo, and literary nonfiction writer Lisa Couturier -all of whom are lead- ing workshops at the conference - will be sharing stories about the writing life at Stony Lonen; Delaware poet Laureate, Fleda Brown, will be sharing a table at Nage with Nobel laureate Toni Morrison's personal assistant, John Hoppenthaler, himself a poet and editor; and at 1776 in the Midway Plaza, Terry Plowman, editor of Delaware Beach Life, will join Richard LaMotte, whose "Pure SEA GLASS" was the iiaspiration for the conference, along with environmental writer and award-winning journalist, Tom Horton. In Dewey Beach, Erik Hedegaard, a contributing editor to "Rolling Stone" will be dining at the Rusty Rudder with novelist Maribeth Fischer; Simon & Schuster senior editor Cherise Davis; and novelist Robert Bausch, whose novel, "Hole in the Earth," is currently being made into a movie starring Annette Bening. And in Bethany Beach, Martha Rhodes, author of three collections of poetry, as well as the founder and editor of Four -Way Books, which publishes poetry collections, will be dining with poet, Nancy Mitchell at Bluecoast. Beebe auxiliary to raffle homemade cradle Beebe Medical Center Auxiliary, as part of its fundraising efforts, is sponsoring sales of chances on a hand-made cradle created by Beebe's own Robert Cooke. Raffle tickets are available at the Beebe Medical Center Gift Shop, where the cradle is also being exhibited. The drawing will be Feb. 28. The auxiliary welcomes new members and there are many volunteer positions and projects available. Experience the exercise program that gives you more energy while inches disappear from your waistline: Pilates at the Beach! Work out at your pace and still get amazing results Experience a chance to have a pain-free life Mat classes for any level student All instructors N.Y.C. trained Full Apparatus Pilates studio (Located inside Quest Fitness) Not sure Pilates is for you? Call for a FREE 1/2 hour workout to try it! Call 423-1816 HT to schedule The Author Dinners, to which nonconference participants are invited to register, are a new fea- ture of this year's conference, "one that both the authors and the participants are enthusiastic about," said conference organizer, Gall Comorat, who was responsi- ble for contacting many of the restaurant owners and chefs. "It's a neat opportunity for everyone," said conference founder, Maribeth Fischer, an author her- self who knows how rare it is for writers to have the opportunity to talk one-on-one to readers away from book clubs and bookstores, where the focus is on selling books. The participants, too, get the chance to have an intimate dinner-with an author of their choice, and Fischer hopes the restaurants will benefit as well by gaining added business and expo- sure, though she knows this is not why restaurant owners have got- ten involved. The restaurants have all agreed to pay for the authors' meals and in some cases, the chefs are work- ing to create a special menu for the paying participants in an effort to give them great quality and selection at a price that allows a percentage of each meal cost to be donated to the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Most, if not all, of the restaurants, Fischer adds, already have a full house on Saturday nights, and so are going out of their way to accommodate the writers. "The dinners give us a chance to showcase the greater resort community," said Fischer, "and one of the unique features of this area is the large number of eclec- tic, excellent restaurants." They are a key feature in the continued success of this event, says Fischer who, having researched other sim- ilar writing conferences, knows that it's the entire package of ele- gant accommodations, fine restau- rants, beautiful location and great writers that determines which conferences flourish and grow year after year and which don't. Author Dinners typically cost $50 (drinks and dessert not included), and are limited to 12 participants. For more informa- tion or to register for a dinner, go to Author Dinners on www. writ-, call 226-8210, or email info@writersatthe- One of the leading names in mortgages is right in your own backyard. 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