I’d like to introduce Barbara Vey of Publishers Weekly as today’s guest. Since she’s out of town, I’m not 100% sure that she’ll be able to respond to comments, so you may have to make do with my responses.
Barbara has been a blogger with Publishers Weekly for the past nearly four years and in fact, will be celebrating her anniversary in just a few months. She tends to throw one helleva cyber-party, complete with authors dropping in, characters from popular books, cyber-munchies and booze. Oh, and let’s not forget the cabana boys. I promise to return them this year, Barb. Really I will.
I don’t know Liz, I’ve seen you in action at these parties.
Ahem … I totally encourage you to drop in and enjoy the festivities. You’ll have a blast.
Right now, I contacted Barbara to interview her about the Reader’s Luncheon she’ll be hosting in mid-April. It’ll be held here in Wisconsin, just before the Romantic Times Conference which will be taking place in Chicago. Since its so close to the conference, Barbara was able to lure a number of authors to Wisconsin to participate in the luncheon.
First off … thanx ever so much for agreeing to the interview, Barb. I’d really love to know how you came up with the idea of a Reader’s Luncheon in the first place.
Liz, I’m always happy to stop by Magical Musings, one heck of a blog. As for the idea of a Reader’s Luncheon, for many years I’ve lamented the fact that authors just don’t seem to come to the Milwaukee area often. I’m always trying to find ways to bring readers and writers together and this opportunity was just too good to pass up. The readers in the area are thrilled and there will be several book clubs joining us.
The luncheon is a fabulous idea which I hope will turn into a yearly event. I understand that all of the author slots have been filled. Can you give a short list of some of the authors who will be appearing?
A few of the 38 authors are Marjorie M. Liu, Dianna Love, Maya Banks, Roxanne St. Claire, Hope Tarr, Louisa Edwards, Cathy Maxwell, Lori Handeland and Lori Devoti to name a few. You can see the whole list on the website.
What can you tell us about your key note speaker?
New York Times Best Selling author Heather Graham will bring her wit and humor to the luncheon. I can’t tell you how excited I am that she agreed to be the first ever keynote at the event.
For the price of $35.00, your reader/participant not only gets lunch, but will also be sitting at a table with an author. For a small extra fee, the reader can chose her favorite author. Where are the proceeds going to?
We will also be having a raffle and all the proceeds will be going to local libraries. And yes, there will be quite a few librarians there. There will also be door prizes and totes loaded with books. The event will end with an author signing.
Thank you for joining us, Barbara. You can find more information about Barbara’s luncheon at: http://www.barbaraveyreaders.com/#home