Meet the Authors and Book Signings


Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McALPINE by Bobby McAlpine
Book signing: Tuesday, 5:00PM-6:30PM – Chatham Bars Inn 

McALPINE is one of the country’s most highly respected architecture and interior design firms, renowned for its timeless houses exemplifying the charm and elegance of traditional and vernacular English, American, and European styles blended with a modern sensibility.

Poetry of Place: The New Architecture and Interiors of McALPINE, a new volume by the group, features recent projects and an appealing approach to creating dwellings blending styles, fine craftsmanship, and indigenous materials. Following from their first book, The Home Within Us, this book profiles nineteen stunning projects, from a stone tower folly standing in the gardens of a Tudor-style house to a humble yet elegant wooden lakeside retreat.


Through his poetic voice, Bobby McAlpine narrates the story of each residence, pointing out their unique qualities. Featured are an exotic Florida panhandle beach house; a Tuscan-style horse farm; a rambling Colonial Revival compound; and a miniature European manor house, among others. These houses are classically understated and welcoming. With 300 gorgeous photographs of inspiring interiors and exteriors, Poetry of Place will appeal to those interested in design and romancing the past.

Bobby McAlpine founded the thirty-five-year-old firm in Montgomery, Alabama, now with additional locations in New York, Atlanta, and Nashville. McALPINE partners include Greg Tankersley, Susan Ferrier, Ray Booth, Chris Tippett, John Sease and David Baker. The firm’s portfolio includes residential buildings throughout the United States, as well as Mexico and the Caribbean. Their work is regularly featured in shelter magazines. Susan Sully is a renowned expert on Southern style, who has authored numerous books, including Bobby McAlpine’s The Home Within Us.


No Place Like Home by Madeline Stuart
Book signing: Tuesday, 5:00PM-6:30PM – Chatham Bars Inn 

The first book from renowned Hollywood-based interior designer Madeline Stuart, whose elegant decorating is predicated on timeless design, be it modernist or traditional in inspiration.

Madeline is hailed as an icon in Los Angeles for her exceptional work. Architectural Digest wrote, "In a city driven by artifice and spectacle, Madeline Stuart celebrates understatement, authenticity, and elegance without affectation." The daughter of director Mel Stuart (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory) and a decorator mother whose interiors were favored by actors and entertainers, Madeline grew up as a Hollywood insider. Today, her wide-ranging clientele comes from the entertainment industry as well as the world of business and finance.



In No Place Like Home, Madeline herself writes eloquently about her recent work. With insight and wit, she walks the reader through her design process, from initial vision to execution. From her meticulous renovation of Cedric Gibbons's Streamline Moderne house to a newly built Montana ranch to a Mediterranean-inspired residence on the California coast, each project is informed by her keen understanding of history and craftsmanship as well as her skill with scale, proportion, and balance. These, along with her unexpected combinations of furniture and fine-art and decorative elements, result in richly layered interiors that feel authentic to their period and place, while remaining always relevant, modern, and beautiful.

Mally’s little Handbook: A Guide to Finding Your Joy Through My Designer Eyes
Book signing: Wednesday, 5:30PM - 7:00PM- Chatham Bars Inn


Mally Skok, an internationally recognized designer of interiors, furniture, and fabric, now brings her voice to Mally’s little Handbook: A Guide to Finding Your Joy Through My Designer Eyes. This delightful book reads like a friendly chat, inspiring others to join Mally in her thinking through topics that range from successfully hosting overnight guests to navigating antique stores in a quest to discover just the right treasures. With refreshing humour and considerable wit, accompanied by whimsically illustrated pages, Mally invites you to notice the little things while providing a blueprint for planning the bigger things. She is both freeing and forthright as she encourages readers to “take what you like and toss out what you don’t.” Throughout, her deeper message to readers is to “enjoy life” and while at it, “help someone else along the way.”

Mally Skok Design is a Palm Beach-based Interiors and Textile design firm specializing in private residences, small commercial projects and hand-painted fabric and wallpaper designs. Led by Mally Skok, an internationally published interior designer, furniture designer, and award-winning fabric designer, the firm’s textile collections are represented in thirteen showrooms in the U.S. and abroad.

The Little Book to Land Your Dream Job by Billy Clark and Clayton Apgar
Book signing: Wednesday, 5:30PM-7:00PM, Chatham Bars Inn

Billy Clark and Clayton Apgar are amongst the most sought-after career experts in the world, having collectively counseled over 5,000 professionals on job search. BCCM | Billy Clark Creative Management is an authority on talent acquisition and career strategy for the design and lifestyle industries, advising a select group of companies and individuals globally.

In this book, they reveal the methodology behind the exclusive work they do with companies and candidates. The Little Book to Land Your Dream Job takes an unconventional and highly effective approach to change what work means by reframing how you understand your career. It is breezy, a bit fun, encouraging yet honest.  Billy and  Clayton outline the elements critical to analyzing Professional Identity, considering one's career trajectory, and pursuing that dream job.

Billy Clark is the Founder of Billy Clark Creative Management (BCCM). Prior to BCCM, he spent eleven years building the recruiting firm Jack Kelly & Partners after starting his career in investor relations at Taylor Raferty. A graduate of Boston College, where he majored in Marketing at the Carroll School of Management and received a minor in French from the School of Arts & Sciences, he divides his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Clayton Apgar is a Partner at BCCM. He began his career in public relations at Enterprise Community Partners and for seven years was an actor, working on Broadway, on television and in films. For two years he was on the design team at Michael S Smith and previously led an eponymous interior design practice. He received an MFA in Acting from the Graduate Acting Program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and an AB in History from Princeton University. He lives with his wife, the actress Kate Morgan Chadwick, and their son in Southern California.