Calabash Author Marsha Tennant To Speak At Sunset River's 'Coffee With the Authors' Event March 3

Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. presents its monthly Coffee With the Authors series on Thursday, March 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. Local children’s author Marsha Tennant is the scheduled presenter. She will be talking about her book, “Margaret the Pirate Queen” and the next book in the series.

Children’s books, in particular, often have a particular event or person serving as inspiration for the writer. “Margaret, Pirate Queen” was motivated by both.

Margaret was a good friend of Tennant’s, a fellow teacher who developed a deadly brain tumor and succumbed to it after eight long years. According to Tennant, when the end was near, Margaret accepted her inevitable death much more gracefully, with humor even, admonishing her friend gently to move on (and name a dog after her!).

Tennant took her words to heart and few years later, when a stray hound wormed her way into the family, Margaret it was. The inquisitive canine became Margaret the Pirate Queen after Tennant and her brother, watching Pirates of the Caribbean together, realized the dog’s eye markings looked just like those of Pirate King, Jack Sparrow. And what better setting than the Carolina lowcountry to write “Margaret, Pirate Queen,” the story of a fearless canine with an appetite for adventure. Tennant began researching madly and by mid-2010, the book was complete.

Tennant, who describes herself as a career educator, retired from the Horry County school system late last year. She has contributed to Mary Jane’s Farm Organic magazine and writes for Sasee magazine in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Her work is also included in “The Gullah Grass Doll Creation,” a collection of essays on Lowcountry culture.

There is no charge for the Sunset River event, but due to limited seating, reservations are required. Call the gallery at 910.575.5999 or email If you would like to receive email notifications of future Coffee With the Authors and Creative Exchange events, send an email with “Creative Exchange Mailing list” in the subject line.

Since opening in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has become an active supporter of performing, literary and visual arts in the area. The 10,000 square-foot gallery features work by over 200 North and South Carolina artists. The newly expanded on-site pottery studio has two kilns and three wheels for use by students. Ongoing oil, pastel and watercolor classes are also provided, in addition to workshops by nationally known artists.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW (Hwy 179), Calabash, N.C. Winter hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the website ( or “like” the gallery’s Facebook page, which is updated daily.

Marsha Tennant, author of “Margaret, Pirate Queen”