As we gear up for Nora’s travelogues from Florence, here’s a belated recap of the Turn the Page 18th Anniversary Weekend — a busy three days that led directly to the RWA annual conference for Nora (and me).
The weekend started with Nora’s final first pitch for the Hagerstown Suns who will be moving to Virginia next year. We have a great shot of Nora on the mound, courtesy of Bruce Wilder’s friend, Richard Dougan.
The first order of business on Saturday was a sit down in the courtyard of Inn BoonsBoro for a radio interview with Jane Cowan of the Australian Broadcast Company that aired on July 23 (click here for the interview). Some readers on Facebook asked why they sat so far apart and it was because Nora sat by the microphone and they filmed the interview.
Then it was onto the signing. The line was around the corner when the staff at Turn the Page opened the door at 10. The stellar lineup of authors included Kristan Higgins, Deanna Raybourn, Mary Blayney, Laura Kaye and Kathryn O’Sullivan. They chatted with readers, signed books and had a fabulous time during the four-hour event, including the corporate entertainment photo shoot.
One of my jobs during a signing is to take photos of anyone who would like to pose with Nora. Here are a couple from Saturday:
Amanda (with Nora) is a regular at TTP events. She’s currently battling colon cancer and reads a Nora book at every treatment. Her nurses now know to ask about which Nora she’s reading!
Donna (left) and Neva (right) are another set of pals who love to come to the events. I’ll probably take their photo in September too!
Lora comes to nearly every Turn the Page event and this time she won a door prize (signed by JD herself).
Jessie (right) brought her mom Becky (who was thrilled to meet Nora!) for the weekend.
Sunday was the first Fall Into A Brunch with Nora event at Dan’s Restaurant & Taphouse. Seventy readers took up every available seat to enjoy a delicious meal and great conversations about books. They also raised over $1000 for the Discovery Station in Hagerstown by vying for one of the four gift baskets on display.
Nora and I stopped at every table to chat and for photos, then everyone went out on Main Street for the official group shot.