Over the past 6 months you may have heard off and on this blog about Wine and Words. This was a small idea as a fundraiser for our Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library that went from a “maybe” to a full-blown event, largely part of my absence from the blogesphere.
We held the event on Friday August 23rd with 5 wonderful authors gracing us with witty conversation and peaks into their mind about their latest book, writing, and life as an author.
William Kent Krueger and his wife joined us and wow…. what a down to earth fun guy. I have never spent time with him before and found him to be humble and delightful. He wowed the crowd. He spoke about his newest books, Ordinary Grace and Tamarack County (which just released a week ago today).
Lorna Landvik emceed our evening and we could not have picked a better person to wrap our event with humor and great intros of our authors. She was a gift as once she started the program – I was free to do whatever was needed as she totally had this.
Sarah Pekkanen (SSSQQQUUUEEEEE!) and Wendy Webb were awesome! Sarah’s newest book, The Best Of Us came out in April and Wendy Webb’s The Fate Of Mercy Alban (centered around the Glensheen mansion in Duluth MN) was an author you wanted to hear more about.
Sandra Brannan always sweet always so down to earth you cant help but love her was a fun addition to the group. She talked books and bloggers (YAY!) and she had the Bookies stand up (they adore her!)
Our goal for this evening out at the Beautiful Arrowwood Lodge was 100 people. That night we had 177 excited women and men join us for our debut event. The room was filled with book lovers.
We had so much fun! We had dinner, listened to the authors, a silent auction, and we sold ducks for $5 for people to see who was the “lucky duck” and won a Kindle Fire. Free wine was offered during the social hour.
One of my favorite moments of the evening was when we were done with the event and Gail (my right hand in this venture) and I made our way to the bar area to check on our authors and we found them all together in a booth chatting away like old friends. I nudged Gail and said “Oh look! They are bonding!!!”
The numbers are still coming in, we did receive 20% of the book sales that night. And I think we are safe to say we cleared over $5000. 😀
I have been tired all weekend – but good tired. Cant wait to see what is going to happen next year!