By Dariel Bendin
Ann Ipock will speak at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, NC on Thursday, Nov. 9 from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of the eclectic art gallery’s Coffee With the Authors series.
The event is free but seating is limited so reservations are required. Call 910.575.5999 to hold your spot. Ipock is an award-winning Southern author, speaker and humorist, Her writing is at once hilarious, and in the next breath, poignant said Dorothea Benton Frank, the New York Times best-selling author of All Summer Long. Dew On the Kudzu, the Southern writer’s blog said that Ann writes in the vein of Erma Bombeck, but in the gentler, Southern Belle manner – quiet smiles while reading as opposed to snorts. Life is Short, Pack Your Bags Now! was released in late 2016 and follows Life is Short, I Wish I Was Taller; Life is Short, So Read This Fast! and Life is Short, But It’s Wide and completes the Life is Short quartet. It explores the beautiful yet strange human race: elderly ladies hogging church pews, ridiculous Siri voice interpretations, and marital matches not made in heaven. Other subjects include holiday hysteria, kitchen misadventures including a large ham that needs its own seat belt and, of course, travel: bad vacation karma and tips on never packing light. Ipock’s zany humor is balanced by nostalgic tales of growing up in the sixties and affectionate family portraits, from her dancing 85-year old father to her lovable (but hairy) Grandog, Gus. Ipock has written for Georgetown Times, South Carolina’s oldest newspaper; Sasee Magazine; Columbia County Magazine and Salt Magazine. She has taught at the South Carolina Writer’s Workshop in Myrtle Beach, the Foothills Writers Guild Conference at Anderson University, and was selected as a judge for Catfish Stew anthology, as well as the Silver Coast Winery‘s Short Stories.