Join us in Marie’s home state of Rhode Island for the Sixth Annual Reader Weekend on June 14-15, 2019! Click the boxes to the right for more information about registration, hotel and travel.
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 $149/night. This rate is available 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. The room block at the Crown Plaza will open in July 2018.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
Times are approximate. A final schedule will be available in early 2019 once the ferry schedule is finalized.
Friday, June 14, 3:30-6 p.m.
Registration and merchandise sales
Friday, June 14, 6:30-10 p.m.
Welcome Dinner on Friday evening with live music, food and drinks
Saturday, June 15, 8:30 a.m.
Buses depart Crowne Plaza for Point Judith ferry landing (Grab and go breakfast snacks and coffee available in lobby of hotel starting at 7:30 a.m.)
Saturday, June 15, 9:30 a.m.
Ferry departs Point Judith ferry landing for Block Island. If weather causes the ferry to be cancelled we will go to Newport for the day.
Saturday, June 15, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Enjoy your time on Block Island!
Saturday, June 15, 3-5 p.m.
Ferry back to Point Judith and buses return to Crowne Plaza
Saturday, June 15, 6:30-9 p.m.
Dinner, Q&A with Marie and Book Signing including food, drinks and the chance to purchase books and merchandise
Thank You for Attending the Fifth Annual Reader Weekend in RI!
Click the links below to view the galleries from Reader Weekend, Video coming soon!
- Friday, June 15: Welcome Reception
- Saturday, June 16: Trip to Block Island
- Saturday, June 16: Q&A and Book Signing
A message from Marie:
Our Fifth Annual Reader Weekend has come to an end, and I wanted to thank everyone who came to see me in Rhode Island. We had 23 states as well as Canada and Ireland represented this year, with many first-time attendees as well as many return guests. One thing I mentioned to the group this weekend was one of the unexpected things to have come out of this idea Julie and I had more than five years ago is the friendships that have been formed among the readers. Many of them come back every year to see their friends and make new ones, and I LOVE that.
Two years ago, a reader named Irene, who is vision impaired, asked in the Reader Weekend Facebook group if anyone would be able to share a room and offer assistance to her so she could attend. The amazing Kate Reynolds stepped up to be Irene's roommate and companion, and the two became fast friends. Kate, who came from Michigan, and I were on the Block Island ferry, talking about how we can get Irene, who lives in Western Massachusetts, to Reader Weekend again next year. Another reader named Debbie overheard us talking and said, "I come from Albany. I'll pick her up!" What a lovely gesture! I also found out that when Irene got a service dog, Kate, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, had a year's worth of HeartGuard donated to Irene and organized a fundraiser in her office to help with other expenses associated with the dog. This sense of community and generosity is so overwhelming and such an amazing thing to come out of Reader Weekend.
Thank you to EVERYONE who attended this weekend or who has attended in the past and made our annual gathering such a beautiful thing. I can't wait for next year! (June 14-15, 2019!) Lots of photos coming soon from this year!