Unveiling The Wine and Words 2014 Line Up


Ok this is probably stretching Saturday Snapshot a bit… but I am excited so PLEASE allow me this stretch just this one – puh-lease?  *batting my eyes*

Wine and Words is the literary event myself, my co-chair Gail and an amazing team from the Friends Of The Brainerd Public Library debuted last year.  We created an event around free wine and amazing authors just to see what would happen and it was amazing.  (Wow!  Can I say the word amazing any more times)?  😛

My concern this year was could we do it again?  We have no budget so we ask our authors to come out of the love for libraries, a chance to talk to a group of book lovers, and an opportunity to sign books.  I value people’s time, so we worked hard making sure it was a great experience for them as well, putting welcome baskets in their beautiful hotel rooms with fresh flowers, a Minnesota magazine, chocolates and a thank you card.

After plugging away on the author line for about 5 weeks, we have our authors!  I am super excited to show you who they are:


Benjamin Percy is a Minnesota author who’s book Red Moon is now being filmed to become a TV series! 


Minnesota Author, Nicole Lee Helget’s new book Stillwater is creating quite a stir!  I can not wait to read it.

3Catherine McKenzie is from Canada. Her first three books have won many awards and her new one, Hidden, will be coming out yet this spring.


Randy Susan Meyers lives in Boston Massachusetts.  Her first two books have created quite the buzz (both are on my shelves!) and her third book, Accidents Of Marriage (due out in September) , will make an early debut at Wine and Words!


Barbara Claypole White lives and gardens in North Carolina.  Her books also grace my shelves.  The In-Between Hour is newly released and won a 2014 Okra award.

and back by popular demand…. our emcee, Lorna Landvik:


Lorna Landvik is a known comedian and author.  Her books include Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons. 

There it is!  That’s our group!  I am so excited.  Tickets will go on sale in the next couple of weeks.  We had some pretty amazing authors say they could not do this year but to give them a try for next year.  Authors that excite me so much I will not even share who they are because I may jinx (does that still happen???) it. 😀  Now I switch into silent auction mode, looking for items for the auction.

If you have some time, check out the Wine and Words website, freshly updated.  There are pictures from last years event as well as our authors and team.  Also, be sure and check out other Saturday Snapshot posts!  They are a fun way to see what is happening around our world 😀

39 Comments on “Unveiling The Wine and Words 2014 Line Up

  1. Looks fabulous! I have enjoyed books by Lorna Landvik…and I’m a big fan of Catherine McKenzie. Enjoy!

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  2. Oh, exciting to see it posted!!!! Wow, it’s really going to happen. Again!! 🙂

  3. Hello Sheila , thank you so much for coming over to my blog and commenting , makes my day when I see a new reader. How fascinating this seeks ,, great name , wine and words. happy it all went well , I am going to check out the some of the titles ,

    • It is exciting to see book lovers and authors come together – and I love that so many authors see the value in our libraries and are willing to work with us 😀

  4. You have a fantastic lineup! I wish you lived closer to me (I certainly don’t wish to live further north!), I’d love to attend. And – I have a copy of Red Moon. It showed up unsolicited at my door and I haven’t had a chance to look at it yet… but TV series, really? I better move it up in the pile.

  5. Hi Sheila: We fellow fans of libraries applaud you! Wonderful job pulling together some great authors! (They are so generous, aren’t they?…) Cheers!

  6. Wine And Words sounds like an awesome event, and you’ve got some great authors lined up! I wish you the best and hope this year is even a bigger success than last year!

  7. I LOVE fellow Canuck Catherine McKenzie, she is a wicked awesome author! Wow, another great line up and I hope an even bigger turnout than the last!

  8. Wow! Great panel of authors! Congrats on pulling this together … again! Bet it will be a huge success!

  9. What a wonderful event I wish I was near by as I would deffinatly attend. And yes jinxed is still a great word

  10. Books that are becoming a tv series?!? I shall be reading. Sorry I lost my focus as that point as I am a big fan of the book-tv relationship.

  11. I’ve not read any of their books but I’ve seen them around the blogisphere enough to know that’s an awesome list. Hope it goes well!

  12. I can see why you’re excited, I would be too. Congratulations- I’m sure it will be an amazing event.

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