For three straight years, the Pulpwood Queens have ascended onto Nacogdoches for their annual Girlfriends Weekend extravaganza. What makes this event so special? It happens to be the largest recognized book club in the world with 600 chapters across 16 countries.
A partnership with the Pulpwood Queens and the SFA Creative Writing program is new this year with the university hosting the daytime panels. "The university partnership is intended to put successful authors and inspiring students into the same room," said Kathy L. Murphy, founder and Head Queen. "Our hope is to have successful authors in the classroom this Spring semester," she said.
Much of the joy of this book convention are author panels, where dozens of writers from varied genres talk about their newest releases. Readers get to ask questions and have books signed.
The Girlfriends Weekend takes place Jan. 12-15 at the Baker Patillo Student Center on campus; Pat Conroy, a Pulpwood Queen hero, will be remembered with a keynote talk by his wife, author Cassandra King. A dinner where authors, wearing Conroy's trademark khaki pants and ball caps, will serve readers on Friday night at Austin Hall.
The 2017 theme is "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" and the fun begins on Thursday night with a tribute to Elvis, starring Josh Davis. Other special guests include spokesmodel author Margaret Dilloway and keynote speaker Scott Wilbanks of "The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Astor." For a complete list of authors, speakers and more details visit www.beautyandthebook.com.
The CVB is partnering with several community entities to drive overnight stays. "We have created several packages with the intention of making Nacogdoches a true weekend destination," said Joanna Temple, director of sales for the CVB. "We're excited to be working with Main Street and its Wine Swirl event, Nacogdoches County Expo & Civic Center and its 24 upcoming rodeo events, and adding more fun to the already successful Chamber of Commerce Blueberry Festival," Temple said.
The CVB's sales and marketing team is here to promote Nacogdoches and to entice groups and conventions to the city. To find out how the CVB team may be of service, please contact Joanna at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 564-7351.