Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Book group expo Opens with Ann Packer, Julia Glass, Terry McMillan, Andre Dubus III and Dozens More! Over 75 Authors confirmed!

Book group expo Opens with Ann Packer, Julia Glass, Terry McMillan, Andre Dubus III and Dozens More! Over 75 Authors confirmed!

On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2008, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will host the third annual book group expo - a two-day book-lover's extravaganza that is part literary salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party. Over 75 authors are confirmed!

San Jose, CA (PRWEB) October 14, 2008

On Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26, 2008, the San Jose McEnery Convention Center will host the third annual book group expo - a two-day book-lover's extravaganza that is part literary salon, part marketplace, and part marvelous party. This extraordinary event is designed for avid readers to meet both established and up-and-coming authors, discover old and new literary treasures, have books signed and connect with others who are passionate about books…as well as art, education, music, travel, wine, chocolate, culinary delights, and social events.

National Book Award winner and book group favorite Julia Glass ('Three Junes'), Terry McMillan ('Waiting to Exhale', 'How Stella Got Her Groove Back'), Ann Packer ('Songs Without Words') and Andre Dubus III ('The House of Sand and Fog') are a just a few of the over 75 authors already confirmed. The stellar lineup also includes Marisa de Los Santos ('And Love Walked In') returning with her new novel ('Belong to Me'), Brian Copeland, Josh Henkin and Gail Tsukiyama. Others include: Rabih Alameddine, Annie Barrows, Brunonia Barry, Jennifer Lee Carrell, David Corbet, Will Dirst, Selden Edwards, Christina Meldrum, Michelle Richmond, Garth Stein and Elizabeth Strout.

Previous book group expo events brought celebrated authors Amy Tan ('The Joy Luck Club', 'Saving Fish from Drowning'), Khaled Hosseini ('The Kite Runner', 'A Thousand Splendid Suns'), Sara Gruen ('Water for Elephants'), Elizabeth Gilbert ('eat, pray, love') and more than one hundred other authors together with fans, book group members, and one another.

Book group expo is a unique opportunity for thousands of serious readers and book group members to experience a unique interactive event built around reading and discussing literature. In addition to the Literary Salons and author book signings, there is a marketplace as well. The festival marketplace - a returning favorite - will once again feature wine tasting, chocolate, gourmet treats, art, jewelry, specialty juices, book accouterments --- and more chocolate and wine tasting. Featured vendors offer everything from local art and gourmet food to specialty jewelry and fine wine.

"Because passionate readers are also passionate about life, we've made book group expo a multi-layered, multi-sensory experience," says founder, Ann Kent. "It's about creating an entire experience for people to really interact and enrich their minds, hearts and palettes by bringing the wonderful things that happen in the privacy of our book clubs and reading groups out into a more public space. This really is serious readers having serious fun!"

This past May, book group expo was awarded the PageTurner Award by James Patterson for their good work in connecting the community of book clubs and reading groups around the country. Patterson said, "This year's winners are doing great work and at a time when getting people excited about reading and books is especially important. I'm thrilled to help them do what they do so well."

For more information, visit www. bookgroupexpo. com. Tickets are available on-line, or by calling All Ears Audiobooks at 408-370-7003. Tickets are $65 for a full access two-day pass and $42 for one day. Advance purchase is encouraged. Tickets are also available in the Bay area at Books Inc, Kepler's, Capitola Book Café, Book Shop Santa Cruz and Book Smart in Morgan Hill.

About book group expo:
Book group expo - the literary extravaganza that's part salon, part marketplace and part marvelous party - was conceived in 2006 by Ann Kent as a result of her passion for books, and her book group. She launched book group expo with the intention of bringing readers and writers together in an exciting yet intimate way. book group expo brings readers and writers together in the modern day equivalent of the century-old literary salon. And since our book clubs and reading groups are about so much more than just books, so is book group expo. Ann's small professional staff and committed group of volunteers are equally dedicated to making a mark in the literary map and creating an event that truly delivers "serious readers having serious fun." To learn more, log onto www. bookgroupexpo. com.


Enjoy Fun-in-the-Sun Vacation Packages in Virginia this Summer

Enjoy Fun-in-the-Sun Vacation Packages in Virginia this Summer

Virginia Offers State-Wide Savings for the Whole Family

Richmond, Va. (PRWEB) June 2, 2010

Virginia invites travelers to spend summer the right way - with sizzling vacation deals. Whether it is along the picturesque coastline of Virginia Beach on a dolphin-watching excursion, or travelling the historical triangle in Williamsburg, there is something for every family member to enjoy. With deals and packages that won't break the bank, there's no better place to spend quality time with loved ones this summer. For more information on the packages below and dozens more, visit www. Virginia. org:

Family Values Package (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? AttrID=66370)
Holiday Inn Downtown - Lynchburg, VA (May 19 - December 31, 2010)

The Family Values package includes a two-night stay in the newly renovated Holiday Inn Downtown in the family suite, a personalized cookie cake upon arrival, breakfast for four both mornings, four boxed picnic lunches to enjoy while on the James River biking and hiking trails, a $50 gift card to dine at Depot Grille and four passes to Amazement Square, a fun-filled children's museum. Package is priced at $375 for a family of four. For reservations, call (434) 528-2500 and use promotional code FFPG.

Dolphin Discovery Package (http://www. virginia. org/Site/description. asp? AttrID=51025)
The Ocean Front Inn - Virginia Beach, VA (May 19 - October 11, 2010)
Bring the whole family to enjoy this exciting two-hour cruise and explore the Virginia Aquarium with its 3D IMAX® Theater. The Dolphin Discovery Package includes two-night accommodations at the Ocean Front Inn, dolphin-watching boat excursion, admission to the Virginia Aquarium and IMAX® Theater, and a special welcome gift. Package begins at $109 per adult and $26 per child (ages 4-11), based on double occupancy. For reservations, call (888) 826-2326.

The Homestead Unlimited Activities Package (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? attrID=67178)
The Homestead Resort - Hot Springs, VA (May 21 - October 19, 2010)
The Homestead Resort, Virginia's historic luxury resort in the Allegheny Mountains, offers 3,000 acres of family fun. The Unlimited Activities package includes accommodations and unlimited on-site activities: golf, fly fishing, archery, canoeing, kayaking, paintball, sporting clays, mountain biking, hiking, bowling, skeet, group horseback riding and the Jefferson pools. Package begins at $325 per night, based on double occupancy. Additional adults and children over six are $50 per person, per night. For reservations call (800) 838-1766.

Williamsburg American Historic Triangle Package (http://www. virginia. org/Site/description. asp? AttrID=65579)
Embassy Suites Williamsburg - Williamsburg, VA (June 19 - September 7, 2010)
The Williamsburg American Historic Triangle Package includes: accommodations at Embassy Suites Williamsburg for four nights, cooked-to-order breakfast each morning, dinner for two adults for one night at their choice of three restaurants: Giuseppe's Italian Cafe, Blue Talon Bistro or Center Street Grill & Bistro, American Historic Triangle passes for four, admission to Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown Settlement, Historic Jamestowne, Yorktown Battlefield and Yorktown Victory Center for up to seven consecutive days, free shuttle from Colonial Williamsburg to Jamestown & Yorktown every 30 minutes, free parking, manager's reception each evening, and a Williamsburg memento gift. Package starts at $1,147.60 inclusive of taxes. For reservations, call (757) 903-4849.

Splash and Stay Getaway (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? AttrID=65610)
The Holiday Inn Manassas Battlefield - Manassas, VA (May 28 - September 4, 2010)
A great way for families to cool off this summer, the Splash and Stay Getaway package includes hotel accommodations, deluxe hot breakfast buffet for four guests per room, per night stay, and all-day admission, including lunch, for four guests at SplashDown Waterpark. With savings of more than $60, rates start at $170 for a family of four for one night or $250 for two nights, based on availability. For reservations, call (571) 292-5411.

Kingsmill Family Vacation Package (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? AttrID=44273)
Kingsmill Resort & Spa - Williamsburg, VA (May 21 - September 7, 2010)
The Kingsmill Family Vacation Package includes three-night accommodations, unlimited admission and transportation to Busch Gardens® & Water Country USA® for length of stay, breakfast daily, one lunch at Busch Gardens, VIP access to Curse of DarKastle or Griffon, complimentary tennis court fees after 11a. m., and 60 percent savings on Arnold Palmer designed plantation golf courses. Package begins at $1,059 for a family of four. For reservations, call (800) 832-5665.

Celebrate the Appalachian Trail Hiking Weekends (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? AttrID=44273)
Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel - Pembroke, VA (June 18 - June 20, 2010)
At the Mountain Lake Conservancy & Hotel, the resort where Dirty Dancing was filmed, guests can enjoy an invigorating weekend discovering some of the best hikes along the Appalachian Trail. The Celebrate the AT Hiking Weekends package includes accommodations, meals, and activities for two. Hikes are guided and do not exceed more than six miles. Package starts at $231.50 per night or $463.00 for a weekend, based on double occupancy. Backpacking/Hiking gear not provided. For reservations, call (800) 346-3334.

Kings Dominion Theme Park Vacation Package (http://www. virginia. org/site/description. asp? attrID=63194)
Kings Dominion - Doswell, VA (May 19 - December 31, 2010)
For an adrenalin-filled trip, families can enjoy a weekend at Kings Dominion theme park and experience the brand new Intimidator 305, the tallest (305 feet) and fastest (92 mph!) gravity-driven roller coaster on the East Coast. The package includes two nights of lodging and admission to Kings Dominion. Travelers can choose from 35 participating properties Richmond. Package begins at $169 per adult, based on double occupancy. For reservations, call (800) 987-9852.

Love is at the heart of every Virginia vacation. Visit www. Virginia. org to start planning a visit. Or call 1-800-VISITVA to request a free, Virginia is for Lovers travel guide.