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JustRead Rendezvous 2024 Event Information

Information will be added as details are finalized.

2024 Authors

2024 JustRead Rendezvous Authors (as of May 15)
first row: Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Amanda Dykes, Angela Ruth Strong, Becky Wade, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer. second row: Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kimberley Woodhouse, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lisa Phillips, Lynn Austin. third row: Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Ronie Kendig, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson

Keynote Speakers

Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig

Worship Leaders

Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips

Additional Participating Authors

Amanda Barratt Amanda Cox Angela Ruth Strong
Elizabeth Musser Emily Conrad Gabrielle Meyer Janilise Lloyd
Kate Breslin Katie Powner Kristi Ann Hunter Laura Frantz
Linda MacKillop Lynn Austin Mesu Andrews Nancy Mehl
Nicole Deese Robin W. Pearson Sara Brunsvold Sara Davison
Sara Ella Sara Watterson

We’re halfway to the reader registration mark to add more best-selling, debut, and indie authors to the 2024 event. Tell your friends and register today to pave the way! Check out recent releases by participating authors in the JustRead Amazon Storefront.

2024 Sponsors

PLATINUM SPONSOR BAKER PUBLISHING GROUP
Baker Publishing Group Bethany House & Revell

SILVER SPONSOR ENCLAVE PUBLISHING
Enclave Publishing logo

BRONZE SPONSOR KREGEL PUBLICATIONS
Kregel Publications

EVENT SPONSOR & ORGANIZER JUSTREAD PUBLICITY TOURS, LLC
JustRead Publicity Tours, LLC

Venue

Ballroom
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove

2111 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515
+1 630-971-2000
Directions on Google Maps

 

Shop

The Book Bee Sweet Reads Pop-Up ShopFeatured titles by participating authors will be available for purchase throughout the event. Cash, debit, and credit cards will be accepted.

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

 

Schedule

Friday, November 15  (tentative) 
8:00 a.m. Sign-in & Bookshop Open
9:00 a.m. Worship & Prayer
9:15 a.m. Welcome & Announcements
9:30 a.m. Author Panel 1
10:15 a.m. Break for Giveaways, Game, Shopping
10:45 a.m. Speaker Session 1
11:15 a.m. Small Groups Round 1
11:30 a.m. Lunch provided
12:30 p.m. Worship
12:15 p.m. Author Panel 2
1:30 p.m. Short break for Giveaways, Game, Shopping
1:45 p.m. Speaker Session 2
2:15 p.m. Small Groups Round 2
2:30 p.m. Short break for Giveaways, Shopping
2:45 p.m. Author Panel 3
3:30 p.m. Giveaways, Shopping, Snack provided
4:00 p.m. Speaker Session 3
4:30 p.m. Giveaways, Closing Announcements, Worship & Prayer
5:00 p.m. Book Signing & Shopping
6:00 p.m. Bookshop Closes, Event Conclusion

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

Menu

Lunch
To Be Announced

Afternoon Snack
To Be Announced

No outside food or beverages, please. The registration/participation fee does not include lodging, transportation, or off-site parking. Attendees are responsible for all reservations and accommodation costs, including taxes and incidentals.

 

Registration

Visit the Readers page for complete registration information.

JustRead Rendezvous Event Information 2024

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Lodging

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove
2111 Butterfield Rd, Downers Grove, IL 60515
+1 630-971-2000

Check-In: 3 p.m.
Check-Out: 12 p.m.

Discounted Room Block
Rate: $139 plus 10.14% tax
Dates: November 13-17

Reserve your room

Travel

Chicago Midway International Airport 20 miles (50 minutes, depending on traffic)
Chicago O’Hare International Airport 19 miles (30 minutes, depending on traffic)
Dupage Airport Authority 17 miles (30 minutes, depending on traffic)
Amtrak La Grange train station 10 miles
Amtrak Naperville train station 10 miles
Metra Belmont rail station 3 miles
Pace bus stop [Finley/Brook] 0.8 miles
Uber

Attractions

Art of Writing conference (onsite)The Christy Award
The Christy Award Winners Gala (onsite)
Downtown Chicago 25 miles (30 min)
Route 66

Dining

Starbucks (onsite)
Osteria by Capri (onsite)
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant- Downers Grove 0.3 mile (2 min)
Outback Steakhouse 0.8 mile (4 min)
MISSION BBQ 0.8 mile (4 min)
Portillo’s Downers Grove 0.9 mile (5 min)
Burger King 0.9 mile (5 min)
Brick House Tavern + Tap 0.9 mile (4 min)
Casa Margarita 1.0 mile (4 min)
Taco Maya 1.1 miles (5 min)
Subway 1.4 miles (4 min)
McDonald’s 1.4 miles (4 min)
Walmart Supercenter 1.4 miles (5 min)
Buca di Beppo Italian Restaurant 1.7 miles (6 min)
The Patio – Lombard 1.7 miles (7 min)
Potbelly 1.8 miles (7 min)
Burrito Parrilla Mexicana 1.8 miles (8 min)
Miller’s Ale House 1.9 miles (6 min)Downtown Chicago
Olive Garden 2.0 miles (6 min)
Chick-fil-A 2.2 miles (7 min)
Tacochela 2.4 miles (6 min)
Greek Islands Lombard 2.4 miles (8 min)
M&W Thai Restaurant 2.4 miles (7 min)
Z J China 2.4 miles (7 min)
Jimmy John’s 2.4 miles (7 min)
Bryan’s American Grille 2.7 miles (7 min)
Culver’s 2.7 miles (6 min)
Yard House 2.7 miles (8 min)
NY PIZZA PIE 2.8 miles (7 min)
Cassano’s Pizzeria 2.8 miles (8 min)
Dunkin’ 2.9 miles (8 min)

Media Kit

We hope you will share our vision to serve fiction readers and authors through this event by spreading the word to interested community members. A media kit, including a press release, printable flyers, sample captions, and digital graphics (as they become available), is provided for your convenience.

For Immediate Release

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

Authors and Readers will gather at the second annual JustRead Rendezvous on November 15, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT. The event will be held at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel & Conference Center Chicago-Downers Grove following The Christy Award Gala. The Christy Award honors and promotes excellence in Christian fiction and is a program of the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.

Rendezvous will celebrate Christian fiction and sweet reads and feature corporate worship, speaker sessions, author panels, small group discussions, games, giveaways, a pop-up book shop, and book signings. This event aims to sweeten reading and storytelling experiences with fellowship and encouragement. Keynote speakers are Amanda Dykes, Becky Wade, and Ronie Kendig. Kimberley Woodhouse and Lisa Phillips will lead worship.

Additional participating authors include Amanda Barratt, Amanda Cox, Angela Ruth Strong, Elizabeth Goddard, Elizabeth Musser, Emily Conrad, Gabrielle Meyer, Janilise Lloyd, Kate Breslin, Katie Powner, Kristi Ann Hunter, Laura Frantz, Linda MacKillop, Lynn Austin, Mesu Andrews, Nancy Mehl, Nicole Deese, Robin W. Pearson, Sara Brunsvold, Sara Davison, Sara Ella, Sara Watterson, and more.

The JustRead Rendezvous is open to registered attendees only. Baker Publishing Group fiction imprints (Bethany House and Revell), Enclave Publishing, and Kregel Publications join JustRead Publicity Tours as event sponsors.

Quick Links: 2024 Authors | Venue | Shop | Schedule | Lodging | Travel | Attractions | Media Kit | Press Release | Register

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