Reader Weekend

Join us in Marie’s home state of Rhode Island for the Fifth Annual Reader Weekend on June 15-16, 2018! See below for full agenda. Click the boxes to the right for more information. Check the bottom of this page for a wrap up story and picture galleries from Reader Weekend from August 2017. 

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 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

Schedule of Events



Friday, June 15, 3-6 p.m.

Registration and merchandise sales

Friday, June 15, 6:30-10 p.m.

Welcome Dinner on Friday evening with live music, food and drinks

Saturday, June 16, 7:30 a.m.

Buses depart Crowne Plaza for Point Judith ferry landing

Saturday, June 16, 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 16, 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy your time on Block Island!

Saturday, June 16, 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Ferry back to Point Judith and buses return to Crowne Plaza

Saturday, June 16, 6:30-9:30 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 Fourth Annual Reader Weekend in RI

Check out our video and picture galleries from the weekend:

Thank you to everyone who attended the 4th Annual Reader Weekend in RI! We had a great time and enjoyed amazing weather on Block Island on Saturday. We are working on follow up stories and will post them soon. Check back for more and join the Reader Weekend in RI Facebook Group.

More than 120 readers from Ireland, Canada and Trinidad & Tobago and 20 U.S. states came to the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, Rhode Island for Marie Force’s Fourth Annual Reader Weekend. They also came to see Marie’s home state and the setting for many of the more than six million books she’s sold worldwide, including the Gansett Island series, set in a fictionalized version of Block Island. For the fourth year in a row, the unpredictable New England weather delivered a spectacularly sunny day for the trip to Block Island, the inspiration for Gansett Island.

Friday night readers enjoyed a welcome dinner with a New England-style clam bake, drinks and local guitarist (and Marie’s high school pal) Pat Cotrell, who played some of Marie’s favorite tunes from Gansett Island. Fans later danced to the music of DJ Chris. Attendees bid on original paintings donated by Marie’s husband Dan. The $325 raised from the auction will be donated to Lucy’s Hearth, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless women and their children in Marie’s hometown of Middletown, RI. Marie’s cousin, Jennifer Barrera, is the program director.

Saturday morning guests boarded buses to Point Judith to catch the ferry to Block Island. Readers enjoyed cab tours of the island, shopping and local restaurants. Once back at the Crowne Plaza, readers had a barbecue buffet, participated in a Q&A with Marie as well as a book signing. It was also announced that the next Reader Weekend is tentatively planned for June 15-16, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza. We’ll post more information about next year as it becomes available.