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II CAPE GAZETTE - Friday, Feb. 24 Monday, Feb. 27, 2006 - 65 Chances are if you dine out in William O'Sullivan, a features one of Rehoboth, Bethany or editor for The Washingtonian, will Dewey Beach's more upscale be dining with memoirist, poet restaurants between 6 and 8 p.m and fiction writer Richard Saturday, March 4, you'll be shar- McCann at Sydney's; novelist ing your meal alongside a group Leslie Pietrzyk, travel writer and of the visiting authors, editors, Flannery O'Connor Short Story publishers and agents who are Award winner, C.M.Mayo, and participating in the second annual literary nonfiction writer Lisa Writers At The Beach: Pure Sea Couturier -all of whom are lead- Glass writing conference. The ing workshops at the conference - writers will be joined by confer- will be sharing stories about the ence participants as well as local writing life at Stony Lonen; residents who are interested in Delaware poet Laureate, Fleda joining an Author Dinner. Brown, will be sharing a table at Those who wander into the Nage with Nobel laureate Toni Cultured Pearl on Wilmington Morrison's personal assistant, Avenue in Rehoboth for instance, John Hoppenthaler, himself a poet might overhear a conversation and editor; and at 1776 in the with Oprah book club author, Midway Plaza, Terry Plowman, Sheri Reynolds; literary agent, editor of Delaware Beach Life, Candice Fuhrman; and memoirist, will join Richard LaMotte, whose Nancy Kruse. "Pure SEA GLASS" was the Those who stroll around the ihspiration for the conference, corner to Espuma will see Roger along with environmental writer Housden, author of 14 books, and award-winning journalist, including the best-selling "Ten Tom Horton. Poem" series, conversing with In Dewey Beach, Erik Debra Puglisi Sharp, whose book Hedegaard, a contributing editor "Shattered: Reclaiming a Life in to "Rolling Stone" will be dining the Aftermath of Violence," land- at the Rusty Rudder with novelist ed Puglisi-Sharp guest appear- Maribeth Fischer; Simon & ances on .Oprah, 20/20 and the Schuster senior editor Cherise John Walsh show. Diners who Davis; and novelist Robert head down Wilmington another Bausch, whose novel, "Hole in block to Fusion, will see chil- the Earth," is currently being dren's book reviewer and young made into a movie starring adult author, Heather Hepler, who Annette Bening. And in Bethany will be dining with YA author Beach, Martha Rhodes, author of Lara Zeises and novelist and short three collections of poetry, as well story writer, Brad Barkley, author as the founder and editor of Four of the Booksense 76 pick,-Way Books, which publishes "Allison's Automotive Repairpoetry collections, will be dining Manuel." with poet, Nancy Mitchell at Elsewhere in Rehoboth, 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 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 gant accommodations, fine restau- out of their way to accommodate rants, beautiful location and great the writers, writers that determines which "The dinners give us a chance conferences flourish and grow to showcase the greater resort year after year and which don't. community," said Fischer, "and Author Dinners typically cost one of the unique features of this $50 (drinks and dessert not area is the large number of eclec- included), arid are limited to 12 tic, excellent restaurants." They participants. For more informa- are a key feature in the continued tion or to register for a dinner, go success of this event, says Fischer to Author Dinners on www. writ- who, having researched other sim-, call 226-8210, liar writing conferences, knows or email info@writersatthe- that it's the entire package of ele- One of the leading names in mortgages is right in your own backyard. 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