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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 4, 2013 - 2:22pm

No, the only option is to be there.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 7, 2013 - 10:02am

I haven't booked a hotel yet, but I'm seeing that a few people are having issues getting rooms. Is there something else going on that weekend?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 7, 2013 - 10:18am

Not that I'm aware of.  But I know Renee lost a reservation at her hotel because it got hit by a tornado.  So...that could be it.  I'm not 100% though. 

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 7, 2013 - 10:32am

I just made my reservation. It's about thirty minutes away from Ciceros, but only cost me about 70 dollars. Hopefully there will be a bed in the room.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 7, 2013 - 10:35am

Good deal!  I get in an absolutely tizzy about reservations.  One of my greatest fears is a resturant or hotel losing my reservation/name. 

That and birds.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 7, 2013 - 11:28am

This drives me crazy, too. I think they just use the res system to get a house count, and then when you show up, you get whatever they have left. Often I'm forced to have a roommate on these trips, deliberately and specifically book a double, then I get there and all they have is a single bed. "That was my only request, and you can't even do that?" Also, I believe there's some kind of law that if you're booked in a room and decide you want to extend your stay, you're entitled to keep that room, and maybe that messes up other reservations. Who knows; I'm just glad I don't work in the hospitality business.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 7, 2013 - 12:29pm

I think the Moonrise was booked up, or close as of a couple weeks ago, but when getting a new reservation for my last night there, it seemed there were a fair number of hotels open near the airport (aside from the one hit by a tornado). I'm only staying in that area Sunday though, got my Moonrise room booked early...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 7, 2013 - 1:31pm

When you hear the wailing from the lobby, you'll know my reservation was lost. 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break June 7, 2013 - 1:53pm

I booked the Amanda Bynes suite.

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres June 7, 2013 - 10:32pm

I just want to say I am super excited for the books and booze weekend. So many good authors all in one place  for a reading is pretty impressive. I have seen two of the six previously, and they are well worth the trip themselves. Add in four more greats and this weekend is gonna be a blast.

also, kudos to Nathan for coming. Not many LitReactors are going to show their faces, from what I hear, so it is cool to see a couple who are. A little birdie named Jonathan Riley told me that Jonathan Riley will be making it as well, in case that sways any of you fence-sitters. It made me happy...

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 10, 2013 - 12:38pm

It's going to be super cool, for sure. Of the LitReactors that are showing up, they are all awesome people. AND THERE IS STILL TIME TO COME IF YOU WANNA!

And you should wanna, because this line up and this venue are freaking amazing.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 10, 2013 - 5:00pm

I just heard that Jonathan Riley is going to be there so I definitely don't want to miss that. Can't wait to see myself in St. Louis. Not to mention all the other inventive LitReactors and Books and Boozers and just straight up literary badasses. What's it less than two weeks now. Woo Woo. Oh shit. I'm a Woo girl.

The world absolutely needs Woooo girls. If there were no Woo girls, there would be no Girls Gone Wild, no bachelorette parties, no Las Vegas poolside bars.

--Barney Stinson--

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OtisTheBulldog from Somerville, MA is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz June 11, 2013 - 11:35pm

I hate that I'm missing it. I do (a) God's work on Sundays. I have hipsters to exploit.

You all make it a success in 2013 so I can try to finagle 2014.

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Profunda Saint-... from Calgary, AB is reading Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series June 13, 2013 - 6:30am

If I had money, a passport, or free time (or a combination of the three) I'd be there! As it stands, I'm gonna sit at home and drink gin and read books so it feels like I'm there. Make sure someone video tapes all the embarassing moments and sends them to me.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 13, 2013 - 7:49am

No need. Whatever happens will probably end up on CNN. Look for a headline about fireworks and a bull shark.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 13, 2013 - 10:29am

We WILL be recording video AND audio....

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 13, 2013 - 12:42pm

Wish I could go, since it is "sort of" in the neighborhood, but I've got a thing. Sounds great though.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 13, 2013 - 12:50pm

You're in Lawrence? I am too.

And am reading that book.

You're freaking me out.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 13, 2013 - 1:07pm

I'm actually a figment of your imagination, which manifested itself by drinking too much coffee at the Mirth.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 13, 2013 - 3:02pm

Ah, good. Lawrence is the cutoff point for civilzation. I refer to everything beyond there as "western Kansas." heh 

Actually, I'm about 70% sure I'm gonna be there next Thursday for a reading. Scott Phillips, one of the guys who runs the STL Noir@Bar chapter, helluva guy (and author of The Ice Harvest, among others), is promoting his new jam, Rake at The Raven, 7pm.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer June 13, 2013 - 6:20pm

Me too. I get sent to Hutch quite a bit for training. I always think of it as way out west, and it is barely in central Kansas. Rake looks promising, but I am drinking with my writer's group that night at Johnny's.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 17, 2013 - 2:06pm

THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!! 

If you aren't excited, it's because you're lame and not going. 

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H.I.Marcuson from Toulouse is reading a book on spelling June 17, 2013 - 3:13pm

It's a bit far away.

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. June 18, 2013 - 9:15am

This is really happening eh?

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 18, 2013 - 9:28am

YEP!  And you know how you know it's really happening?

WE HAVE T-SHIRTS!

My super-awesome-amazing-sexy-wonderful-fantastic-etc. boyfriend is picking them up today and I can't WAIT to see them live and in person! 

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 18, 2013 - 10:59am

I know this will break your hearts, or you'll break into song - either way, there will be much breaking - but I just can't make it. All the money spent back in April depleted my rainy-day fund. Between having to sell a kidney for gas money, and having a crapton of... crap... to do the next two weeks, my woman and I will not be able to buy you all drinks. Get wasted in our honor.  :(

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 18, 2013 - 11:53am

We should set up a PayPal for incoming drink donations. "This Jagerbomb brought to you by … Photon! Photon, thanks a bunch."

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Strange Photon from Fort Wayne, IN is reading Laurie Anderson lyrics June 18, 2013 - 1:06pm

Hahah, yeah, get right on that. Make sure you stay glued to the screen so you can watch that dollar amount soar!

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 18, 2013 - 8:06pm

Umm... there IS a paypal button on the website. Not for St. Louis, but in general. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 18, 2013 - 8:35pm

We like your monies.  They help us keep our website and produce QUALITY!

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 20, 2013 - 9:56am

This time tomorrow I'll be ON A PLANE! ON A PLANE!

GOING TO ST. LOUIS, ST. LOUIS!

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 20, 2013 - 10:20am

I will be in my car cursing the satellite radio for only working part-time (it's not a cutting-out thing; each time I start the car it either works or doesn't, usually not) and wishing I'd burned some recent CDs to replace the ones that've been in the carousel forever. As I near arrival, I'll be thankful this is on the outskirts of town and that I'm driving the opposite direction as rush-hour traffic. Then I will hug a bitch and have a beer or seven (okay, fine: eight). I will sleep amazingly or not at all, either of which is welcome, and then embrace whatever Saturday brings.

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 20, 2013 - 10:31am

I'll still be at work. 

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 20, 2013 - 11:05am

I'll still be lame.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig June 20, 2013 - 12:16pm

Do you have a particular "bitch" in mind, Gordon? Or are you just going to wander around looking for a sour looking woman to embrace?

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 20, 2013 - 1:15pm

The hotel desk clerk, most likely. haha  Nah, I just wanted to flip the phrase "cut a bitch" with something friendlier. Gonna start implementing that, I think. "Don't make me hug a bitch, cuz I totally will."

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 20, 2013 - 1:25pm

I just arrived in St. Charles at the Ameristar Casino and Resort at 2:00 p.m. Central time today. Hope I have some money left by Saturday evening.

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sean of the dead from Madisonville, KY is reading Peckerwood, by Jed Ayres June 20, 2013 - 2:02pm

JR is going to be bumming drinks from everyone all night after losing everything he has at the BlackJack table. Good news, JR...there are going to be special Books & Booze t-shirts available that night, so if you LITERALLY (heh heh heh) lose the shirt off your back, you're covered. 

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 21, 2013 - 8:19am

Just worked out so I can leave work a little early! 

MAKE EVERY MINUTE COUNT!

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 21, 2013 - 6:13pm

See you all in roughly 24 hours.

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin June 22, 2013 - 1:10pm

Have fun tonight guys :)

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 22, 2013 - 4:52pm

If you aren't here, you are wrong.

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Nathan Scalia from Kansas is reading so many things June 23, 2013 - 2:43pm

I just wrote my first Tumblr post about B&B last night:

http://nathanscalia.tumblr.com/post/53704392151/books-and-booze-in-st-lo...

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avery of the dead from Kentucky is reading Cipher Sisters June 24, 2013 - 9:53am

This is straight from my Facebook, but it says all I want to say and it is already typed.  This was a great event.

Thanks to everyone who came out and supported us in our first ever event this weekend. It was a great time. I met some wonderful people, reconnected with equally wonderful people, bought books, got said books signed, and made it home alive. All I could have hoped for, plus I feel confident I didn’t embarrass myself too badly, and hey, I KNOW I wasn’t “the drunk person”, because those people were very clearly identified. I hope we can continue to grow, support great writers, and do this whole thing again sometime. Thank you authors, who agreed to do this and put faith in us when all we offered you was a room to read out loud in. Thank you to the guests who drove from all over just to be awesome and enjoy a night of literature. Thanks to everyone who shared the event, liked the event, liked US, and generally gave us a helping hand over the past year. I’m incredibly grateful for the support, kindness, and friendship I’ve received. 

 

Also here's a couple other pictures at the event:

Your hosts finally together!

Room full of drunks

 

 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break July 13, 2013 - 6:20pm

Did a post about this on my site. Includes links to all the authors pages and a timestamped guide for the audio recording.

Check it out HERE.