Reader Weekend Returns to Rhode Island!

Save the date as Reader Weekend is back in Marie’s home state of Rhode Island! Join us to see the locations that have inspired Marie’s bestselling Gansett Island, Treading Water and Gilded Series, as well as several standalone titles. We hope you’ll join us!

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! 

When Marie first developed this event, we knew people would want to visit the places that inspire her. She didn’t know just how many of you would form friendships with each other over the years. Thanks to everyone who has become a part of the Reader Weekend family and welcome to new comers!

You may register for up to three events (two evening events and one of the day trips). Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis and space is limited so please register as soon as you can to ensure your spot. Available events include:

  • $75 for the Welcome Dinner on Friday evening with music, food and drinks.
  • $50 for a day trip to Newport on Saturday from approx. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to Newport, RI with a stop in the morning to tour The Breakers, Marie’s favorite of the Gilded Age mansions in Newport. After the mansion tour you will be dropped off near the waterfront area in Newport to shop, have lunch and explore. Transportation provided by motor coach. Lunch is on your own in Newport.
  • $50 for a day trip on Block Island on Saturday from approx. 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. We will take you to the ferry landing by motor coach and you’ll board the ferry to Block Island to explore the island and see the spots that inspired Marie’s Gansett Island Series. Transportation provided by motor coach and ferry. Lunch is on your own.
  • $75 for the Dinner, Q&A with Marie and Book Signing on Saturday night from 6:30-9 p.m. including food, drinks and the chance to purchase books and Marie Force merchandise.

Reader Weekend Hotel

The 2022 event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. The hotel is perfectly located close to the T.F. Green Airport in Providence, RI and the hotel offers a shuttle. A discounted room rate of $159/night is available for a king or two doubles and room type requests are based on availability. Only attendees who have signed up and paid registration will be able to reserve rooms in the Reader Weekend room block at the Crowne Plaza. Hotel information will be available and sent to registered attendees in late July.

What to Expect

During the course of the weekend, you’ll meet Marie, hear her discuss what’s coming for all the series you love, meet other readers and explore the places that have inspired Marie. We have two day trip options available on Saturday to either Newport, including a tour of The Breakers, or Block Island. If weather causes rough seas and the ferry to Block Island is cancelled, we will offer the group the opportunity to visit Newport (mansion tour subject to availability). 

If you have any questions, please email julie@marieforce.com.

 Schedule of Events

Times are approximate. A finalized schedule will be finalized by spring of 2022.

FRIDAY, JULY 15

3:30-6 p.m. Registration and a chance to purchase books and merchandise

6:30-10 p.m. Welcome Dinner with music, food, drinks and dancing and a chance to purchase books and merchandise

SATURDAY, JULY 16

Times for the day trips are approximate and will be finalized as we get closer to the event date.

9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Day trip to Newport, RI with a morning tour of The Breakers. After the tour, you’ll be dropped of near the harbor in Newport. Transportation by motor coach. Lunch on your own. 

7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Day trip to Block Island where we will take you to the ferry landing by motor coach and you’ll board the ferry to Block Island see the spots that inspired Marie’s Gansett Island Series and explore the beaches, shops, restaurants and natural beauty of the island. Transportation provided by motor coach and ferry. Lunch is on your own.

6:30-10 p.m. Dinner, Q&A with Marie and Book Signing including food, drinks and a final chance to purchase books and merchandise

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