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. The Saturday tours include transportation to Washington, D.C. 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 Sunday night. If you aren’t able to attend the Q&A on Sunday, let one of us on Marie’s team know and we can coordinate a signing for you. Feel free to reach out to Marie during the weekend if you find time to approach her.
What meals are included?
The following meals are included (menus listed are tentative):
- Friday night – a dinner buffet that also includes local seafood, chicken, assorted sides and salads, dessert and two drink tickets.
- Saturday morning – The Embassy Suites offers a breakfast each morning in the lobby atrium.
- Saturday night – a dinner buffet that also includes local seafood, chicken, assorted sides and salads, dessert and two drink tickets.
If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Julie.
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 someone on Marie’s team know and we can coordinate a signing for you. Feel free to reach out to Marie during the weekend if you find time to approach her.
What should I wear?
Washington, D.C. in late June can be warm and also very humid with temperatures in the upper 70s to upper 80s and possibly the 90s. Be prepared to dress for air conditioning in the hotel and for hot temperatures if you take one of the day trips and/or plan on exploring D.C. or Alexandria. Also be aware that strong thunderstorms can pop up at any time, especially in late afternoon. Sunblock is also encouraged if you plan on being outside. Attire for the weekend is casual and comfortable walking shoes are encouraged.
Which airport should I fly into?
Washington, D. C. has three airports: Ronald Reagan National Airport (DCA), Dulles International Airport (IAD) and Baltimore-Washington Airport (BWI). Reagan National is the closest to the Embassy Suites, only 5 miles away.
How do I get to the hotel from the airport?
What if I want to come early or stay later?
The Embassy Suites is offering the group rate, based on availability, of $169/night for three days before and after our event. Reservations are available only for registered attendees and information to make your reservation will be provided in your registration confirmation.
I have a food allergy. Who should I contact?
Please email Julie to discuss your food allergy and the menu for 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 son Jake. Sharon Hahn and her husband, Fred, have attended Reader Weekend several times. Sharon said of her husband, “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.
Fred and Sharon Hahn, shown above, have attended every Reader Weekend!
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.