A Very Special Author Event: Club Read

We recently heard about a wonderful author event being held this fall and wanted to share it with our readers, especially those in the Virginia area. 

The event is being held in Huddelston, Virginia at the Mariners Landing Resort on Smith Mountain Lake on October 15-16, 2011. This Club Read event is being sponsored by: 


It is an all-inclusive weekend retreat with the following authors : 

Jessica Anya Blau : 

Her stories have won numerous awards and have appeared in notable magazines and anthologies, as well as the textbook The Prose Reader, Essays for Thinking. Jessica’s first novel, The Summer of Naked Swim Parties, was selected as a Best Summer Reading Book by the Today Show, the New York Post, and New York Magazine. The San Francisco Chronicle, along with other major newspapers, chose The Summer of Naked Swim Parties as a Best Book of 2008.

Susan Henderson

Susan Henderson is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the founder of the literary blog LitPark: Where Writers Come to Play (www.litpark.com). Her work has appeared in Zoetrope: All-Story, the Pittsburgh Quarterly, North Atlantic Review, Opium, and many other publications. Henderson lives in New York, and Up from the Blue is her first novel.  

Joyce Maynard

 Joyce Maynard has been a reporter for the New York Times, a magazine journalist, radio commentator, and syndicated columnist, as well as the author of SEVEN novels, including To Die For and Labor Day– SET TO BE MADE INTO A MOTION PICTURE TO STAR KATE WINSLET AND JOSH BROLIN, and four books of nonfiction. Her bestselling memoir, At Home in the World, has been translated into FOURTEEN  languages.

Sena Jeter Naslund

A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sena Jeter Naslund is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Writer in Residence at the University of Louisville, and program director of the Spalding University brief-residency MFA in Writing. A winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished Writers, she is the author of seven previous works of fiction. 

Heather Newton

Heather Newton’s short stories have appeared in Crucible; Encore magazine; Lonzie’s Fried Chicken; O, Georgia!; and Wellspring, among other publications. She lives with her family in Asheville, North Carolina, where she is an attorney and mediator.  Under the Mercy Trees is her first novel.

Matthew Norman

Matthew Norman is an advertising copywriter. He lives with his wife and daughter in Baltimore. Domestic Violets is his first novel

Greg Olear

GREG OLEAR is the senior editor of The Nervous Breakdown and the author of the novel Totally Killer.  His work has appeared at Babble.com, The Rumpus, The Millions, Chronogram, and Hudson Valley Magazine

Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Dolen Perkins-Valdez’s fiction and essays have appeared in The Kenyon Review, African American Review, North Carolina Literary Review, and the Richard Wright Newsletter. Born and raised in Memphis, a graduate of Harvard, and a former University of California’s President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Perkins-Valdez lives in Washington, D.C. Wench is her first novel.

Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the bestselling Forty Ways to Look at Winston Churchill and Forty Ways to Look at JFK. Her daily blog, www.happiness-project.com, ranks in the prestigious Technorati “Top 5K” and appears on Slate and the Huffington Post. Rubin started her career as a lawyer, and she was clerking for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she really wanted to be a writer.

Amy Stolls

Amy Stolls’s young adult novel Palms to the Ground was published in 2005 to critical acclaim and a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.  She spent years as a journalist covering the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska before she received an MFA in creative writing from American University.  Currently, she is the literature program officer for the National Endowment for the Arts, where she has worked since 1998, advising and collaborating with thousands of writers, translators, editors, booksellers, publishers, educators, and presenters nationwide to keep literature a vital part of American society.

Adriana Trigiani

Award-winning playwright, television writer, and documentary filmmaker Adriana Trigiani is the author of the bestselling Very Valentine and Brava, Valentine, part of the Valentine series, Viola in Reel Life, the first book in a her new young adult series from HarperTeen, as well as the bestselling Big Stone Gap series, and the bestselling novel Lucia, Lucia. She has written and will direct the big-screen version of her first novel, Big Stone Gap.

   More on the Club Read event and the authors attending can be found by going to the Club Read site. The price for this event- $500.00 per person is all inclusive ( lodging, four meals and all the activities with the authors) .

While this may seem a bit pricey to some, this is a truly unique opportunity to connect with a wide ranging assortment of literary talent in a lovely setting. This is sure to be a memorable event for all and one that the book-lover in you will treasure for a long time to come.  

Tickets are only available through the CLUB READ WEBSITE and due to a desire to keep this a special and intimate event, space is limited. When purchasing tickets to this special event please include the following code: simpleps

We sincerely hope you will be able to take advantage of this wonderful and unique event that is sure to be a pleasure. We will be posting more about this event as it gets closer- including a reading list for all the authors attending, and special promotional discounts on those titles for those attending the event. Keep checking back- and in the meantime… HAPPY READING!











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