Books on the Nightstand Readers’ Retreat

  I just spent the greatest weekend in Manchester, VT at The Books on the Nightstand Readers’ Retreat.  I don’t quite know how to put my experience into words but I will do my best.
  After a Friday ice-breaking discussion and cocktail party, which gave everyone the opportunity to meet each other, Saturday was devoted to smaller group discussions with the authors who graciously attended the retreat.  I attended these discussions:

  • With Matthew Dicks on the decisions he made on the road to becoming a writer and to get his work published
  • With Susan Gregg Gilmore on the significance of place in fiction
  • With Chris Bohjalian on general topics

  I also took part in a tour of the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, where several of the retreat events were held, and I was in awe.  It is an amazing place and I could easily spend hours and hours there. 

  Saturday evening was the Celebration of Authors, where each of the authors attending the event spoke for a few minutes.  This event was recorded and will likely be posted as this week’s Books on the Nightstand podcast (available on their site or through iTunes) and I encourage you to check it out because it was extremely interesting.  Those participating were:
Jon Clinch (Finn and Kings of the Earth)
Elizabeth Stuckey-French (The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady)
Ellen Meeropol (House Arrest)
John Milliken Thompson (The Reservoir, coming in June)
Wendy Clinch (Double Black and Fade to White)
Chris Bohjalian (most recently Secrets of Eden)
Steve Himmer (The Bee-Loud Glade)
  I learned so much from all of the discussions and from all of the other attendees and my to-read list has expanded exponentially.  I also made many new friends – some of whom I already knew “virtually”, and it was great to put faces to names.
  Oh yeah, and I purchased some books:
 (plus a few more that I had to have shipped home — don’t tell my husband!)

  The weekend was a tremendous success and it sounds like it will be repeated; if it is I cannot recommend it enough. 
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