There's a growing trend amongst some of America's most popular authors: the "fan fest," or fan retreat. At these events, fans get to hangout with the author, chat about books and mingle with other enthusiasts.
Recently, best-selling chronicler of the Lowcountry, Dorothea Benton Frank, and William Morrow held a fan fest as a thank you to the legions of readers who have supported her throughout her career. Fans of Frank's humorous tales of love and middle age spent the weekend in the author's hometown, Charleston, South Carolina, and enjoyed cocktails, walking tours of the historic city, a cooking demonstration and more.
Popular romance author Debbie Macomber held her own fan retreat, hosted by Random House, in Nashville last year, and this past summer, Diana Gabaldon held an Outlander retreat with Random House to celebrate the release of Written in My Own Heart's Blood.
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Australian author Richard Flanagan is the winner of the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North. The Man Booker Prize is awarded to the author of the year's best novel written in the English language, as determined by an esteemed panel of judges. The Narrow Road to the Deep North, Flanagan's sixth novel, centers on Dorrigo Evans, an Australian POW captured by the Japanese during World War II. As he struggles to survive horrendous conditions, he is haunted by the love he left behind. See who Flanagan was up against for the prize here.