Beaufort, S.C., Mayor Fosters Change and Civil Discourse via Children’s Book

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A tale of civic collaboration from debut author and small city Mayor

What happens when a mayor with a passion for promoting civil conversation and community collaboration and an insightful 8-year-old boy combine their creative talents together to tell a story about collaboration and cooperation? The answer lies in the The Pink Dolphin, the cheerful new children’s book by Beaufort, S.C., Mayor, Billy Keyserling, and budding young writer, Thomas McDermott-Post. The book is illustrated by retired artist Bill Dula.

On the shores of quaint Beaufort, S.C., a very special pod of dolphins, all colors of the rainbow, inhabit the waters surrounding the beautiful, historic town. But it is The Pink Dolphin that holds a special place in the hearts of the local shrimpers, who often throw her treats and think that seeing her brings good luck.

The Pink Dolphin is friendly with the humans, but her pod mates think she is foolish for doing so. The dolphins sternly warn her that people equal trouble and remind her that it is best to stick close to those of your own kind. When a dangerous storm approaches, threatening creatures on both land and sea, can The Pink Dolphin convince the others to help the struggling shrimpers, or will the dolphins choose to take care of only themselves? Can cooperation and trust forge new friendships for everyone?

An enchanting tale of different groups working together to make it through a troubling time, the simple prose and lyrical illustrations of this uplifting story will inspire readers from every community, large or small, to remember that cooperation is necessary to make it through challenges and rough storms. Destined to become a classic, The Pink Dolphin is equally appealing to children, government leaders and community members as it conveys its simple but important message, garnering glowing praise and five-star reviews.

Keyserling is particularly hopeful that the residents of Beaufort, S.C., will take the lessons taught in The Pink Dolphin to heart and the Mayor plans to take this message to classrooms and city halls where civil discourse is lost in the mire of finger pointing, name calling and partisan gridlock.

About the author
Billy Keyserling received his undergraduate degree from Brandeis University in Massachusetts and a master’s degree in public relations from Boston University. Keyserling has worked with schools at the local, state and federal levels on a variety of issues, also working for many years as grassroots political organizer and public affairs issues manager. An expert in marketing, communication and public relations, Keyserling worked for 16 years in Washington, D.C. on both sides of Capitol Hill, on human rights initiatives and as a public affairs consultant before serving two terms in South Carolina’s House of Representatives. Declining to run for a third term and weary of growing partisanship, Keyserling moved to Beaufort and was elected to its city council where he serves as the mayor, devoting his time to promoting civic engagement, collaboration and communication, all of which are essential to leading the community to a brighter tomorrow.

Keyserling is available for speaking engagements and book signings. For more information, contact him directly or visit his website at


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