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JustRead Rendezvous 2023 Event Information

JustRead Rendezvous Sponsors and Authors

2023 Authors

pictured left to right, row 1: Amanda Cox, Ann Elizabeth Fryer, Ann H. Gabhart, Barbara M. Britton, Danielle Grandinetti, Elly Gilbert, Erica Vetsch, Heather Greer; row 2: Janine Rosche, Jerusha Agen, Jocelyn Green, Karen Sargent, Kate Angelo, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Lisa M. James; row 3: Lisa Phillips, Lorri Dudley, Megan Besing, Michelle Griep, Nancy Mehl, Pat Simmons, Peggy Trotter, Pepper Basham; row 4: Rebecca Hemlock, Regina Rudd Merrick, Sarah Hanks, Shaen Layle, Stephenia H. McGee, Suzie Waltner, Tabitha Bouldin, Tamara Leigh

Keynote Speakers

Jocelyn Green and Pepper Basham

Worship Leaders

Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips

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 Kate Angelo
Kristi Ann Hunter Lisa M. James Lorri Dudley Megan Besing
Michelle Griep Nancy Mehl Pat Simmons Peggy Trotter
Rebecca Hemlock Regina Rudd Merrick Sarah Hanks Shaen Layle
Stephenia H. McGee Suzie Waltner Tabitha Bouldin Tamara Leigh

2023 Sponsors

JustRead Publicity Tours, LLCBaker Publishing Group Bethany House & Revell

Kregel Publications Ambassador International Barbour Bronze Sponsor

 

Venue

Holiday Inn St Louis SW Route 66Cadillac Ballroom
Holiday Inn St Louis SW – Route 66

10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63127
+1-314-821-6600
Directions on Google Maps

 

Shop

The Book Bee sweet reads pop-up shopFeatured titles each participating author provides will be available for purchase throughout the event. Cash, debit, and credit cards will be accepted. Receive a free retro JustRead tote bag with your purchase while supplies last.

The Book Bee sweet reads pop-up shop is a consignment event operated by JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC. All sales are final.

 

Schedule

The Christy AwardMeet and Greet on Thursday, November 16 (subject to change) 
5 p.m. Sign-in & Bookshop Open
5:30 p.m. Worship
5:45 p.m. Welcome
6:00 p.m. Meet & Greet/Snacks
6:45 p.m. Giveaway
7 p.m. The Christy Award Winners Gala webcast
9 p.m. Bookshop Closes

2023 Event LayoutJustRead Rendezvous on Friday, November 17  (subject to change) 
8:00 a.m. Sign-in & Bookshop Open
Light Breakfast available
9:00 a.m. Worship & Prayer
9:15 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
9:30 a.m. Speaker Session 1
10:00 a.m. Snack Break
10:15 a.m. Games & Giveaways
10:30 a.m. Author Panel 1
11:15 a.m. Small Groups Round 1
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Worship
1:00 p.m. Speed Chats Round 1
1:15 p.m. Speaker Session 2
1:45 p.m. Games & Giveaways
2:00 p.m. Speed Chats Round 2
2:15 p.m. Author Panel 2
3:00 p.m. Snack Break
3:15 p.m. Author Panel 3
4:00 p.m. Small Groups Round 2
4:30 p.m. Closing Worship & Prayer
4:45 p.m. Announcements including Grand Prize Winner
5:00 p.m. Book Signing
6:00 p.m. Bookshop Closes

The dress code for this event is casual. Wear whatever you are comfortable in (clothing is mandatory, style is optional). The volunteer crew will be in jeans and tees.

Menu

Thursday evening

snacks only (popcorn, pretzels, etc.) Be sure to grab an early evening meal if you plan to visit late.

Friday

breakfast Sliced Fresh Fruit, Yogurt, Granola & Fresh Berries, Assorted Pastries & Muffins, Sweet Cream Butter & Fruit Preserves, 1st Phorm Protein Bars

morning snack oatmeal raisin cookies, trail mix, granola bars

lunch St. Louis Regional BBQ Buffet Chicken, Potato Salad, Caesar Salad, Macaroni & Cheese, Green Beans, Sweet Corn Bread with Honey Butter, & Dessert

afternoon snack Cookies, 1st Phorm Protein Bars, Individual Bags of Chips

No outside food or beverages, please. All-day beverage service is provided on Friday. The registration fee does not include lodging, transportation, or parking. All reservations and accommodation costs, including taxes and incidentals, are the attendee’s responsibility.

Event Information

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Lodging

Two Queen Beds Standard Room Holiday Inn St Louis SW Route 66Holiday Inn St Louis SW – Route 66
10709 Watson Road, St. Louis, MO 63127
+1-314-821-6600

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 the number of rooms and guests, click the green Search button, select room (Your Preferred rate should be listed as JustRead Rendezvous), and proceed with reservation.

Travel

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)
Uber

Attractions

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 community members. A media kit, including a press release, printable flyers, sample captions, and digital graphics, is provided for your convenience each year.

For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Beth Erin, Event Coordinator
JustRead Rendezvous
beth@justreadtours.com
https://rendezvous.justreadtours.com/

Authors and Readers to gather at the inaugural JustRead Rendezvous in St. Louis on November 17, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CST. The event will celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads with food, giveaways, and books and will be held at the Holiday Inn St. Louis SW on Route 66.

Rendezvous will feature corporate worship, 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, Jerusha Agen, Karen Sargent, Kate Angelo, Kristi Ann Hunter, Lisa M. James, Lorri Dudley, Megan Besing, Michelle Griep, Nancy Mehl, Pat Simmons, Peggy Trotter, Rebecca Hemlock, Regina Rudd Merrick, Sarah Hanks, Shaen Layle, Stephenia H. McGee, Suzie Waltner, Tabitha Bouldin, and Tamara Leigh.

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 include corporate worship, 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. 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, Barbour Publishing, and JustRead Publicity Tours.

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