Saturday Snapshot: Wine and Words 2015

Wine and Words, Minnesota, Brainerd, Grand View Lodge, Sheila DeChantal, Peter Geye, Lorna Landvik, William Kent Krueger, rica Spindler, Nadia Hashimi, Kathleen McCleary, Book Journey
Left: Gail (Co-Chair), Me (Co-Chair), Jill (Team Member), Lorna Landvik (Author/MC), Peter Geye (Author), Kathleen McCleary (Author), William Kent Krueger (Author), Nadia Hashimi (Author), Erica Spindler (Author), Sue (Team Member), Doreen (Team Member), Brenda (Team Member)


This weeks Saturday Snapshot is going to be about Wine and Words, the literacy event that our Friends of the Brainerd Public Library sponsor each year.  This is year three and we had 320 guests at our sold out event.

As you can imagine, this was not the easiest of years for me to push through this event.  I thankfully had secured our authors in February of this year and Nadia Hashimi joined us in late March (only a week before my life fell apart).  The website and the ticket sales were already in place by then so the team was able to move on with the planning without me until I was able to assist again in June.

We were at a larger venue (Grand View Lodge) that allowed us to accommodate 120 more guests than last year.  It has been so exciting to watch this event grow from a “do you think this will work in Brainerd?” to a “holy smokes we need a larger venue!

We had a great team of people willing to work on the silent auction, ticket sales, handing out brochures, and this year we even worked on sponsorship’s!  As you can see in the above picture, we had an excellent author line up – a good mix of genres and the authors were so well spoken – talking about their writing, their books, and their relationship to libraries.  Seriously.. I was a bit giddy.

Here are a few of the many many pictures taken of our event this year:

Check in and the social hour
Check in and the social hour
Social hour
Social hour


One of our Team Members, Sherri talking with William Kent Krueger about his book
One of our Team Members, Sherri talking with William Kent Krueger about his book


Part of the book sale team... Friends Members:  Rhonda and Amy
Part of the book sale team… Friends Members: Rhonda and Amy


The guy who puts the "wine" in Wine and Words - our local Liquor man, Mark from Cash Wise Liquor
The guy who puts the “wine” in Wine and Words – our local Liquor man, Mark from Cash Wise Liquor


Its always fun to see people get excited about books!
Its always fun to see people get excited about books!


Ahhh… what the heck, here is what the event really looked like:

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We gave away gift cards and a Kindle Fire.  Justin’s friends also purchased a table in his name and attended, just as he would have – and just as he had, the last two years.  ♥  There are no words for what that means to me…

Justin 2015

As far as how we did… I am finishing up the last bit of calculating today so I can give our team an accurate look at the total win for Friends of the Brainerd Public Library… and trust me on this…

it was a win. 🙂

Check out other Saturday Snapshots here and see what awesome people are taking pictures of around the world.

36 thoughts on “Saturday Snapshot: Wine and Words 2015

  1. What a fun event! Great photos, and I love the “wall” of candids. I see some of the authors I’ve enjoyed there: Lorna Landvik, Kathleen McCleary, and Erica Spindler. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a great event! I’m glad it was such a success!

    Justin must have been a very amazing person for all his friends to do all they have in his memory!

  3. Sheila, this looks like it was a WONDERFUL event and another beautiful way to honor your son, Justin. Thank you for sharing your photos.

  4. I’m glad the event went well! It sounds fantastic. I’ve only read one of William Kent Krueger’s books but I really liked it. I love Nadia Hashimi’s books. The Pearl That Broke It’s Shell was my favorite book of 2014.

    That was an awesome way for Justin’s friends to remember him. Looks like everyone had a great time for a good cause.

  5. This looks like a great event. You can bet if I lived near to you I would have been there! I think Justin is very proud of your work, even though it was so hard for you to keep going on some days.

  6. Thanks for visiting me today, Sheila. I’ve shared this idea with my local library. They don’t really do fundraisers other than book sales, so when I show them your post they’ll be even more impressed. I am looking forward to It’s Monday coming back after Labor Day also.

  7. What a great time was had by all – at least that’s what those pictures say. Just fabulous and hope you can get some rest. It looks like it was great – wish it was closer – would love to attend!

  8. It’s a testament to your good organization that this event was able to go on even when you weren’t able to participate for a long time. Looks like a great venue! So cool that Justin’s friends took part!

  9. Such a wonderful worthy event, but I know that each of these occasions taxes you emotionally. I’m sure that Justin would be so proud of you even as everything reminds you that he is not there too.
    Thinking of you as always Shelia xo

  10. What a fantastic event and what a great author turnout. So neat of Justin’s friends to pick up his place.

  11. What an awesome event! I met Lorna Landvik at a small book event in Cleveland back in 1998. She is hilarious! I also enjoyed meeting William Kent Krueger at a signing at our store a year or so ago. He is a delightful man and a great storyteller. Wish I lived closer so I could attend your event next year!

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