Exciting news today: I’m participating in a fun new bookish event in Raleigh in September and you’re all invited.
It’s called Triangle Reads, and it’s the love child of the Southern Independent Bookseller’s Alliance and the terrific book site She Reads.
Triangle Reads is the closing event for the closed-to-the-public SIBA trade show taking place that weekend. They’ve never had an event before that’s been open to the public: this is something new, and it’s a big deal in the industry. I’m delighted to be a part of it, and I can’t wait to meet you there.
The event will fill a Sunday afternoon. It kicks off with a “Moveable Feast”—a sit-down lunch where authors rotate through the tables, coming to sit at your table and talk books with you while you eat. (See the full list of the two dozen attending authors here, including Elin Hilderbrand, Kim Wright, and Billy Coffey. I’m also excited for the late addition of Joshilyn Jackson to the list.)
There will be a variety of author panels to choose from. To give you an idea of what to expect, some of the topics will be: Tell Me Something True: The Power of Story in Memoir, Only in the South: The Enduring Magic of Southern Stories, and It’s a Woman’s World: The Power of Women’s Fiction. Author signings will follow each panel. (View the full schedule here.)
The headline event is a conversation with Elin Hilderbrand and … yours truly. I am thrilled about this. I heard her speak at BEA about her latest novel The Rumor, and she was relatable, funny, and self-aware about her books and her writing process. She’s the perfect author for this event, and I can’t wait for you to meet her. (I also want to hear all your great questions—what should I ask her?)
Attendees will get to meet the featured authors in person and hang out with their fellow bookish kindred spirits. There will be times to listen and learn, times to browse the on-site book tables, and times to mix and mingle with like-minded readers. (There will be a pre-event meet and greet at a local restaurant Saturday afternoon, and a cocktail hour with authors and attendees will close out the formal event on Sunday.)
If you’re local, this would be a safe place to come solo for the afternoon. If you’re traveling, it would make a fun girls’ weekend. (I’ve never been to Raleigh, but early fall sounds like the perfect time to go, and I’m reading up on what to do and where to eat while I’m there.)
Tickets are $99, and include lunch and a $20 voucher to spend on books at the event. Seating is limited to 100 people so get yours quick—they won’t last long.
I’ll be there the whole weekend, and I hope you can join me. Get more info and get your ticket right here.