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JustRead Rendezvous 2023 Event Information

2023 Authors

Keynote Speakers

Jocelyn Green and Pepper Basham

Worship Leaders

Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips

First 30 registered JustRead Rendezvous authors

Additional Participating Authors

Amanda Cox Ann Elizabeth Fryer Ann H. Gabhart
Barbara M. Britton Danielle Grandinetti Elly Gilbert
Erica Vetsch Heather Greer Janine Rosche
Jenny Rae Jerusha Agen Kristi Ann Hunter
Lisa M. James Lorri Dudley Megan Besing
Michelle Griep Nancy Mehl Peggy Trotter
Rebecca Hemlock Regina Rudd Merrick Sarah Hanks
Shaen Layle Stephenia H. McGee Suzie Waltner
Tabitha Bouldin Tamara Leigh

…and more! Registration open.


Holiday Inn St Louis SW – Route 66
10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63127



The Christy Award(tentative) Meet and Greet on Thursday, November 16 
5 p.m. Sign-in
5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet
6:30 p.m. Giveaway/Snacks
7 p.m. The Christy Award Winners Gala webcast

(tentative) JustRead Rendezvous on Friday, November 17 
8:00 a.m. Sign-in
8:30 a.m. Light Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome & Annoucements
9:15 a.m. Opening Prayer & Praise
9:45 a.m. Speaker Session 1
10:30 a.m. Games/Snack Break
10:45 a.m. Author Panel 1
11:30 a.m. Small Groups Round 1
12:00 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Speed Chats Round 1
1:00 p.m. Speaker Session 2
1:45 p.m. Author Panel 2
2:30 p.m. Games/Snack Break
2:45 p.m. Speed Chats Round 2
3:00 p.m. Author Panel 3
3:45 p.m. Small Groups Round 2
4:15 p.m. Closing Praise & Prayer
4:45 p.m. Announcements including Grand Prize Winners
5:00 p.m. Book Signing

The registration fee does not include lodging, transportation, or parking. All reservations and costs for accommodations, including taxes and incidentals are the responsibility of the attendee.

Event Information

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Holiday Inn St Louis SW – Route 66
10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63127

Check-In: 3 p.m.
Check-Out: 11 a.m.

Discounted Room Block
Rate: $124 plus 17.238% tax
Dates: November 15-18 (call to reserve any additional dates)
Single King bed rooms or Two Queen beds rooms are available

Reserve via phone by requesting the “JustRead Rendezvous” room block

Reserve online: click the link below, scroll down to enter check in and check out dates, select number of rooms and guests, click green Search button, select room (Your Preferred rate should be listed as JustRead Rendezvous), proceed with reservation

Reserve a room at Holiday Inn St. Louis SW


St. Louis Lambert International Airport less than 20 miles
Amtrak Kirkwood train station 3 miles
Metro Transit bus stop [Lindbergh @ Sunset Office SB] less than 0.1 miles (approximately a 2-minute walk to venue entrance)


Route 66Route 66
Gateway Arch
Union Station St. Louis
The Field House Museum
The National Museum of Transportation
Saint Louis Science Center
St. Louis Zoo
Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
Busch Stadium
Enterprise Center
Chain of Rocks Bridge
Lewis and Clark Camp River Dubois
World’s Largest Catsup Bottle

Media Kit

We hope you will share our vision to serve fiction readers and authors through this event by passing it along to interested members of your community. For your convenience, a media kit including a press release, printable flyers, sample captions, and digital graphics is provided.

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Beth Erin, Event Coordinator
JustRead Rendezvous

Authors and Readers to gather at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous in the St. Louis metro area on November 17, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. CST. The event will celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads with food, games, giveaways, and books and will be held at the Holiday Inn St. Louis SW on Route 66.

Rendezvous will feature speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, and author signings. This event aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Keynote speakers are Jocelyn Green and Pepper Basham with worship led by Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips. Additional participating authors include Amanda Cox, Ann Fryer, Ann H. Gabhart, Barbara M. Britton, Danielle Grandinetti, Elly Gilbert, Erica Vetsch, Heather Greer, Janine Rosche, Jenny Rae, Jerusha Agen, Kristi Ann Hunter, Lisa M. James, Lorri Dudley, Megan Besing, Michelle Griep, Nancy Mehl, Peggy Trotter, Rebecca Hemlock, Regina Rudd Merrick, Sarah Hanks, Shaen Layle, Stephenia H. McGee, Suzie Waltner, Tabitha Bouldin, Tamara Leigh, and more.

The Christy Award Winners Gala Watch Party and preceding Meet and Greet event will be held at the same location on November 16 from 5:30 p.m. until the webcast conclusion. The evening’s activities will include snacks and giveaways. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

The JustRead Rendezvous is open to registered attendees only. Author registration and Reader registration are open online at The meet-and-greet watch party is an optional add-on. The 2023 event is sponsored by Baker Publishing Group fiction divisions (Bethany House Publishers and Revell Fiction), Kregel Publications, Ambassador International, and JustRead Publicity Tours.

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