May 5 - Humorist Ann Ipock To Speak at Sunset River's 'Coffee With the Authors'

On Thursday, May 5, from 10 to 11 a.m., Southern humorist and writer Ann Ipock will speak at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, N.C. as part of the gallery’s ongoing Coffee With the Authors series. She will talk about her latest book, “Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller,” which follows “Life is Short, So Read This Fast!” and “Life is Short, But It’s Wide” and completes Ipock’s Life is Short trilogy.

Ann Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, who says she has found writing to be her safest career to date. After catching the mayor’s mustache in her dental hygiene polisher, she joined a writer’s group, began acting in community theatre and changed her hair color at least three times. She now lives in Wilmington, N.C. with her loving, loyal, and confused husband, Russell. They have two daughters and two granddaughters.

Ipock currently writes for Georgetown Times, South Carolina’s oldest newspaper, Sasee and Columbia County Magazine. She has taught at the S.C. Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology.

Ann’s hobbies include gardening, cooking, dining out, walking, dancing, painting, decorating, traveling, shoe-shopping and acting. Her favorite role to date is Truvy Jones of Steel Magnolias. Among Ann’s favorite childhood memories are her fourth grade school talent show, pantomiming “Alley Oop,” and promptly losing; entering a science project in ninth grade on ‘crystallization,’ and promptly winning a blue ribbon; [with apologies to, Jim, the class genius she beat, who stood there crying]; and riding in the Christmas parade float, sponsored by The Bootery—her family’s shoe store, complete with big hair, a long formal gown with matching dyed peau de soie heels and white elbow-length gloves. Long live the beauty-queen wave!

The event at Sunset River Marketplace is free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 or send an email to Join the mailing list for notice of future events at the same number and email address.

Sunset River Marketplace showcases work by approximately 200 North and South Carolina artists, and houses some 10,000 square feet of art work in virtually every genre. Custom framing, painting and pottery classes and art workshops are also offered through the gallery. Since opening its doors in 2002, Sunset River Marketplace has supported not only the visual arts, but literary and performing arts, as well. It has become a popular community center and art hub for both N.C.’s Brunswick County and nearby Horry County, S.C.

Sunset River Marketplace is located at 10283 Beach Drive SW, Calabash, N.C. Regular hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information call 910-575-5999 or visit the website: www. For daily updates, “like” the gallery’s Facebook page.