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Charlotte Hays

Best-Selling, Award-Winning Author and Doyenne of Southern Etiquette

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Charlotte Hays, along with co-author Gayden Metcalfe, has been dispensing official Southern etiquette and customs with a combination of charm, wit, and practical advice since the publication of their run-away best-seller Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral (Miramax/Hyperion). Part of the "Pastel Trilogy," Being Dead Is No Excuse was followed by Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding (Hyperion), and the latest guide, Some Day You'll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Being a "Perfect" Mother (Hyperion). A native of the Mississippi Delta and recovering gossip columnist, Hays, along with Metcalfe, has traveled the country as a keynote speaker at women's organizations, church groups, literary festivals, and to any group in need of knowing when to serve cheese straws, the do's and don'ts of condolence letters, and the proper response to anything unpleasant. Hays and Metcalfe can be booked together or separately, but it's always more gracious to invite them both to speak.

Some Day You'll Thank Me for This is a loving and cheeky compendium of motherhood, Southern style. As Hays and Metcalfe reveal, mothers who hail from below the Mason-Dixon Line have their own unique credo to which they adhere at all costs. The way they see it, their most important goals in life are to rear ladies and gentlemen, drill an intimate knowledge of the family tree into their progeny's heads, and make sure they pass on their silver to only the most deserving of their offspring. Their hilarious talk on the subject carefully outlines the lessons every Southern mother worth her salted pecans instills in her daughters - good manners, ancestor worship, family silver, the ability to completely ignore anything unpleasant (whether it's watching someone eat a salad with the wrong fork or a summons to appear in court), the importance of getting into the right sorority, and guilt.

Capturing all the essential elements of a Southern wedding - humorous and otherwise - Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet is one part Steel Magnolias, two parts Junior League cookbook, and a dash of "Bridezillas." With a combination of reverence and razor-sharp wit, Hays and Metcalfe skewer Delta wedding traditions and serve them up with a perfectly chilled slice of Grandma Millie's Tomato Aspic. Luckily for anyone with a wedding to plan, whether it's a tulle-strewn pageant or a surreptitious shotgun wedding, they reveal salient and previously un-written Southern mores.

Being Dead Is No Excuse, which was nominated for a Quill Award and won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) award, reveals the secrets to sending loved ones off with a bang - Delta style. Hays and Metcalfe offer a mixture of narrative flavored with must-serve foods, including three recipes for homemade mayonnaise and six recipes for pimento cheese (also known as Delta paté). After hearing them speak, audiences will understand why one Delta native, on being thanked for attending the funeral, blurted out, "No, thank you! I wouldn't have missed it for the world." A national best-seller, Being Dead outsells the Bible in the largest Episcopal bookstore in Texas.

Hays is a recovering gossip columnist - she was once described as "a former gossip columnist at home in the world of ideas" - who thanks her late mother for teaching her this art form. Hays covered society, entertainment, and political figures in both New York and Washington and has been a feature writer for the Washington Times, the Washingtonian, and was the Washington bureau chief for the National Catholic Register. She wrote thrice-weekly gossip columns for the Washington Times and the New York Daily News. The eclectic list of publications for which Hays has written includes the National Review, Town & Country, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post Book World, the New York Observer, Policy Review, New Republic, and the Weekly Standard. She was a reporter at the Figaro and Courier in New Orleans, and is the former editor of The Women's Quarterly, which was published by the Independent Women's Forum (where she remains a senior fellow). Her book Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married, is a guide on how women can make Midas marriages. (Hint: Beauty is less important than other characteristics.) Forbes called Fortune Hunters a "sassy, irreverent" book.

Currently, Hays edits In Character magazine, which is published by the John Templeton Foundation. She is a native of Greenville, Mississippi, but she now lives in Washington, D.C. She plans to atone for this absence by being dead in Greenville.

Some Day You’ll Thank Me for This: How to be the “Perfect” Mother

   

Being Dead Is No Excuse: How to Host the Perfect Funeral

   

Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: How to Host the Perfect Wedding

   

Southern Etiquette to Handle Any Situation

   

How to Marry a Millionaire

   

The Art of Gossip: Southern Style

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  • HOW TO BOOK Charlotte Hays?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Charlotte Hays for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Charlotte Hays, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Charlotte Hays or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO BOOK Charlotte Hays?

    Speaking fees for Charlotte Hays, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Charlotte Hays charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Charlotte Hays, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • WHO IS THE AGENT FOR Charlotte Hays?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Charlotte Hays for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Charlotte Hays for your next private or corporate function.
  • WHAT IS A FULL-SERVICE TALENT BOOKING AGENCY?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Charlotte Hays or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Charlotte Hays or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.
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Charlotte Hays Biography

Charlotte Hays, along with co-author Gayden Metcalfe, has been dispensing official Southern etiquette and customs with a combination of charm, wit, and practical advice since the publication of their run-away best-seller Being Dead Is No Excuse: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Funeral (Miramax/Hyperion). Part of the "Pastel Trilogy," Being Dead Is No Excuse was followed by Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Hosting the Perfect Wedding (Hyperion), and the latest guide, Some Day You'll Thank Me for This: The Official Southern Ladies' Guide to Being a "Perfect" Mother (Hyperion). A native of the Mississippi Delta and recovering gossip columnist, Hays, along with Metcalfe, has traveled the country as a keynote speaker at women's organizations, church groups, literary festivals, and to any group in need of knowing when to serve cheese straws, the do's and don'ts of condolence letters, and the proper response to anything unpleasant. Hays and Metcalfe can be booked together or separately, but it's always more gracious to invite them both to speak.

Some Day You'll Thank Me for This is a loving and cheeky compendium of motherhood, Southern style. As Hays and Metcalfe reveal, mothers who hail from below the Mason-Dixon Line have their own unique credo to which they adhere at all costs. The way they see it, their most important goals in life are to rear ladies and gentlemen, drill an intimate knowledge of the family tree into their progeny's heads, and make sure they pass on their silver to only the most deserving of their offspring. Their hilarious talk on the subject carefully outlines the lessons every Southern mother worth her salted pecans instills in her daughters - good manners, ancestor worship, family silver, the ability to completely ignore anything unpleasant (whether it's watching someone eat a salad with the wrong fork or a summons to appear in court), the importance of getting into the right sorority, and guilt.

Capturing all the essential elements of a Southern wedding - humorous and otherwise - Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn't Catch That Bouquet is one part Steel Magnolias, two parts Junior League cookbook, and a dash of "Bridezillas." With a combination of reverence and razor-sharp wit, Hays and Metcalfe skewer Delta wedding traditions and serve them up with a perfectly chilled slice of Grandma Millie's Tomato Aspic. Luckily for anyone with a wedding to plan, whether it's a tulle-strewn pageant or a surreptitious shotgun wedding, they reveal salient and previously un-written Southern mores.

Being Dead Is No Excuse, which was nominated for a Quill Award and won a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) award, reveals the secrets to sending loved ones off with a bang - Delta style. Hays and Metcalfe offer a mixture of narrative flavored with must-serve foods, including three recipes for homemade mayonnaise and six recipes for pimento cheese (also known as Delta paté). After hearing them speak, audiences will understand why one Delta native, on being thanked for attending the funeral, blurted out, "No, thank you! I wouldn't have missed it for the world." A national best-seller, Being Dead outsells the Bible in the largest Episcopal bookstore in Texas.

Hays is a recovering gossip columnist - she was once described as "a former gossip columnist at home in the world of ideas" - who thanks her late mother for teaching her this art form. Hays covered society, entertainment, and political figures in both New York and Washington and has been a feature writer for the Washington Times, the Washingtonian, and was the Washington bureau chief for the National Catholic Register. She wrote thrice-weekly gossip columns for the Washington Times and the New York Daily News. The eclectic list of publications for which Hays has written includes the National Review, Town & Country, New York magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post Book World, the New York Observer, Policy Review, New Republic, and the Weekly Standard. She was a reporter at the Figaro and Courier in New Orleans, and is the former editor of The Women's Quarterly, which was published by the Independent Women's Forum (where she remains a senior fellow). Her book Fortune Hunters: Dazzling Women and the Men They Married, is a guide on how women can make Midas marriages. (Hint: Beauty is less important than other characteristics.) Forbes called Fortune Hunters a "sassy, irreverent" book.

Currently, Hays edits In Character magazine, which is published by the John Templeton Foundation. She is a native of Greenville, Mississippi, but she now lives in Washington, D.C. She plans to atone for this absence by being dead in Greenville.

Some Day You’ll Thank Me for This: How to be the “Perfect” Mother

   

Being Dead Is No Excuse: How to Host the Perfect Funeral

   

Somebody Is Going to Die If Lilly Beth Doesn’t Catch That Bouquet: How to Host the Perfect Wedding

   

Southern Etiquette to Handle Any Situation

   

How to Marry a Millionaire

   

The Art of Gossip: Southern Style

FAQs on booking Charlotte Hays

  • How to book Charlotte Hays?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Charlotte Hays for both live and virtual events for over 20 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Charlotte Hays, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Charlotte Hays or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Charlotte Hays?

    Speaking fees for Charlotte Hays, or any other keynote speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The amount that Charlotte Hays charges to speak often varies according to the circumstances, including their schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Charlotte Hays, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Charlotte Hays?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Charlotte Hays for clients worldwide for more than 20 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Charlotte Hays for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Charlotte Hays or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Charlotte Hays or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Charlotte Hays is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Charlotte Hays for your event is available upon request. Charlotte Hays generally travels from Washington, DC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Chalene Johnson, Shannon Kopp, Kate Clifford Larson, Caroline Adams Miller and Karen E. Bender. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charlotte Hays for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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