Reader Weekend Frequently Asked Questions
What’s included in registration?
Each registration, regardless of the number of events registered for, will receive a welcome bag containing a few small gifts from Marie, a schedule for the weekend and other fun surprises from Marie. Friday registration includes the welcome dinner, which is a full buffet dinner and two drink tickets. Saturday registration includes round trip transportation from the hotel to the Point Judith ferry landing and to Block Island. Saturday night registration includes a dinner buffet, Q&A with Marie and book signing.
When will Marie sign my books?
Marie will sign books during the Q&A on Saturday night. If you aren’t able to attend the Q&A on Saturday, let one of us on Marie’s team know and we can coordinate signing for you. Feel free to reach out to Marie during the weekend if you find time to approach her.
What meals are included?
If you register for the event on each day, the following meals are included (menus listed are tentative):
- Friday – a New England style lobster boil that also includes chicken, assorted sides and salads, dessert, soft drinks and two drink tickets.
- Saturday – a dinner buffet dessert, soft drinks and two drink tickets.
When can I talk to Marie?
Don’t be shy! If you have a moment to chat with Marie one-on-one, please do it. She’s honored you’ve come and wants to get to know you!
What should I wear?
Rhode Island in mid-August can be delightful with comfortable temperatures ranging from highs in the mid to upper 80s to lows in the 60s. Block Island is on the water and winds can pick up unexpectedly so be prepared with a sweater or jacket. You’ll want to bring shorts and long pants, as one thing about the New England weather you can count on is that it will change at a moment’s notice. Attire for the weekend is casual and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged for exploring Block Island on Saturday.
How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
Click here for transportation information.
What if I want to leave Block Island early or stay later?
If you want to take an earlier or later ferry back to the mainland, you do so on your own and will be responsible for getting back to the hotel. A cab from the Point Judith ferry landing will be pricy.
What does weather permitting mean for the day-trip to Block Island?/What is the back up plan?
On Saturday, we plan to take a ferry to Block Island. It’s a very large boat with indoor and outdoor seating but there may be rough seas that cause the ferry to be canceled. If you’ve read the Gansett Island Series, you know Joe struggles with similar weather issues, such as Tropical Storm Hailey! If the ferry is canceled or Marie feels the seas are too rough to take the ferry, we will cancel the trip to Block Island. Not to worry though, we will take you to Newport so you can explore Marie’s home town. Click here for more information about what to do in Newport. (scroll to the bottom of the page)
I have a dietary restriction. Who should I contact?
Please email Julie to discuss your dietary restrictions and the menu for the events you are attending.
I have mobility concerns and/or health restrictions. Who should I contact?
Please email Julie to discuss your mobility concerns or health restrictions and the events you are attending.
Can my husband come, too?
Absolutely! Many readers bring their husbands and Marie’s husband Dan will be there, along with her father, George, and son, Jake. Sharon Hahn and her husband, Fred, have attended Reader Weekend the last three years. Sharon said, “Fred loves being around water and boats, so Block Island was prefect for him. He totally enjoyed talking with Dan and Jake. He also fell in love with Marie even though he hasn’t read any of her books. When I told him about the 2nd and 3rd (reader) weekends he told me to make reservations right away.”
Can my child/children come?
You are certainly welcome to bring your kids, but there will be very little for them to do. The activities are geared toward adults and your kids may not enjoy it as much as you will. In general, we don’t see a lot of kids at Reader Weekend (except Marie’s grandniece, Harper).