Author of Maysel Series to Speak at Sunset River On May 3

Calabash, N.C. art gallery Sunset River Marketplace continues its Coffee With the Authors series on Thursday, May 3, with a presentation by J.R. “Johnny” McCarty. His most recent book is “My Name Is Still Maysel,” which is the sequel to “My Name Is Maysel,” the stunning account of his own mother’s kidnapping as a child in the early 1920s by her father and the miraculous reunion with her mother.

“My Name is Still Maysel” continues this true story of Lela Pittsenbarger and her stolen five-year old daughter Maysel, picking up with Maysel and her husband raising their eight children in a small town in West Virginia. She is a wildly protective mother of her children as well as the neighborhood youngsters, prompting her to her stand up to the town's biggest bully and repeat her mantra from her childhood, "My name is still Maysel . . . Mrs. McCarty to you."

Johnny McCarty's storytelling draws you into the lives of his mother and father, Maysel and Bob, and allows you to experience their joys and heartbreaks as their children grow up around them.

The Coffee With the Authors event begins at 10 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. There is no admission fee, but due to space limitations, reservations are required. Click here to hold your spot. Coffee, tea and breakfast sweets will be served during the presentation as well as the Question and Answer period that follows.

Sunset River Marketplace is an eclectic 10,000 square-foot art gallery that offers framing, art classes and many community programs. It is located at 10283 Beach Drive Sw (Hwy. 179) in Calabash, N.C. For more information, call 910-575-5999 and visit the website: To join the email list for the monthly Coffee With the Authors presentatation, send an email to: Daily updates and special offers are listed on the gallery’s Facebook page.

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