Reader Weekend

Join us for Reader Weekend!

Join us in Marie’s home state of Rhode Island for the Fourth Annual Reader Weekend on August 18-19, 2017! See below for full agenda. Click the boxes to the right for more information. Check out the 2016 Reader Weekend wrap up storyvideo and images.

This event was created in response to the readers who’ve expressed an interest in visiting the places Marie writes about in her books. Spend the weekend with Marie, hear all about what’s next for all your favorite characters and series, get your books signed in person and get to know Marie! 

We have three events this year, each priced at $50.

  • The Friday night dinner will feature a traditional New England buffet dinner with live music and dancing.
  • The Saturday day-trip to Block Island will have a bus to the ferry landing, the ferry to Block Island (weather permitting) and several hours to explore Marie’s inspiration for the Gansett Island Series. If the ferry is cancelled because of bad weather, we will take you to Newport, RI where you can explore Marie’s home town and setting for Treading Water and several of her single titles.
  • There will also be a Dinner Buffet, Q&A and Book Signing with Marie on Saturday Night.

We have selected the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI that offers a free shuttle from TF Greene Airport in Providence and a discounted room rate of $159. This rate is good for a king or two doubles/queens and room type requests are based on availability. We encourage you to make your reservation as soon as possible. Click here for more information about registration and hotel details. 

During the course of the weekend, and if the weather cooperates, you’ll get to see Block Island, which is the inspiration for Marie’s Gansett Island Series. Enjoy your time on the island and seek out island favorites including donuts at Payne’s dock, one of the island’s lighthouses, the beach, a taxi tour of the island, bike or moped rental, shopping and dining.

We’ve created this weekend with readers in mind to show you the beauty of Marie’s home state and bring you a little closer to the setting of so many of her books. We hope you’ll enjoy a taste of Rhode Island and get to know more about Marie’s muse!

If you’ve ever wanted to see where the McCarthy Marina, Tiki Bar or Joe’s ferry are located, here’s your chance! If you have any questions, please email


Friday, August 18

3:30-6:30 p.m. Registration Desk and Tiki Bar Shop 
Pick up your badge, welcome packet and shop for your favorite Marie and Gansett Island merchandise.

6:30-approx. 10 p.m. Welcome Dinner
There is a $50 registration fee to attend this event. This event includes food, drinks and live music featuring some of Marie’s favorite tunes from Gansett Island. The registration fee includes two complimentary drink tickets. Cash bar. We will also have Marie’s Quantum, Gansett Island and Treading Water Series and some of her single titles available for purchase along with all merchandise found in her store.

Saturday, August 19

Day-trip to Block Island – All times for the day-trip are estimated and will be finalized in early 2017
There is a $50 registration fee to attend this event. ALL times are approximate and weather permitting. In case of rough seas or other adverse conditions, we may decide not to go to Block Island. Our decision will be made with the comfort and safety of our guests foremost in our mind. Marie has had her share of rough ferry rides and wouldn’t subject you to that because it’s NO fun. So we will make the best decision we can, once we have all the necessary information. If the trip is canceled we will take you to Newport, RI where you can explore Marie’s hometown.

7:15-7:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
Grab-and-go coffee and morning snacks you can take on the bus with you!

7:45 a.m. Bus ride from the hotel to Pt. Judith ferry landing

9:30 a.m. Ferry from Pt. Judith to Block Island

10:30 a.m. Ferry arrives at Block Island

You may spend your free time on Block Island shopping, at the beach, hiking or renting bikes or mopeds to explore the island yourself. Any other island excursions are on your own. You can hire a taxi from the ferry landing to take you on a tour of the island. The cab drivers are just like Ned, and they know the island well. Refer to the list of Things to Do on Block Island for Marie’s favorite must-see places on the island, including highlights from the Gansett Series.

3-5 p.m. Return ferry from Block Island (a one hour ferry ride and one hour bus ride back to the hotel)

6:30-11 p.m. Dinner, Q&A and Book Signing with Marie
There is a $50 fee to attend this event and cover the cost of food and beverage provided. Marie will answer your questions about your favorite books and characters and you can purchase books to be signed by Marie and pick up some Gansett Island merchandise before you head home the next day.

As a participant in the Reader Weekend, you agree to and understand the following:

You knowingly and freely assume all risks, both known and unknown, even if arising from the negligence of others, and assume full responsibility for your participation and hereby release and hold harmless Marie Force, HTJB, Inc. and their officers, officials, agents and/or employees (the “Organizers”) from any and all liabilities arising from the Reader Weekend.

The Organizers reserve the right to cancel the Reader Weekend and/or any of its components or events for any reason at any time.

If, due to inclement weather, mechanical difficulties, or other problems beyond the Organizers’ control, the ferry service to Block Island is not operational or feasible on the scheduled day, the Organizers will not be responsible for refund of any portion of the registration fees or any related costs because of upfront expenses that will not be refunded to the Organizers. The Organizers will not be responsible for any personal costs or expenses incurred in relation to the Weekend including airline tickets, hotels, or other related expenses associated with the Weekend.