CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LITERARY SUCCESS!
You are invited to join us in the City of Presidents for
The Seventh Annual Literary Classics Book Awards & Events.
This year's awards and events will be held over the
Labor Day Weekend, in Rapid City, South Dakota in
2017 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Please read this entire page as we have covered a great deal of information which will likely answer most questions that will arise.
For your convenience we have reserved a block of rooms at a discounted rate with
All events listed below will take place (or depart from) downtown Rapid City,
and are within walking distance from the Hotel Alex Johnson.
Thursday, August 31, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Note: this is not a CLC awards activity, but because you'll be in town we wanted you to know about this vibrant downtown event in case you may wish to attend. We have scheduled our author's meet and greet to begin as Summer Nights is wrapping up.
Authors' Meet & Greet
Thursday, August 31, 8:00 pm until... ?
Private Event at Firehouse Wine Cellars
620 Main Street
Bring your business cards and plan on meeting fellow award winning authors at this casual event.
Private Authors' Roundtable Session
Friday, September 1, 8AM to 10AM
610 Quincy Street
with Keynote Speaker, Polly Letofsky
Friday, September 1, 10:15 AM to 5 PM (Visit GABfest.info for full schedule and details)
610 Quincy Street
Food & Beverages are allowed inside the Rapid City Public Library
Feel free to bring coffee, donuts and/or brown bag lunch, etc. to any library events!
GABfest Lit Walk
Friday, September 1 - Evening
Various Downtown Locations and specific times TBA
A number of downtown venues will host book readings and other fun and entertaining literary related events.
Details to be announced.
Authors in CLC booths • Book Signings • Readings
Saturday, September 2, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
526 Main Street
Bring your award winning books and plan on participating in Book Sales, Book Signings and Author Readings.
Be watching for more details on this opportunity to promote and sell your books at the Great American Book Festival
Sunday, September 3, 9:00 am to approx. 3:45 pm
Meet Bus in front of Alex Johnson Hotel
(Bus departs hotel 9:15 am sharp and returns, same location, approx. 3:45 pm)
Dining on your own for lunch at Carver's Cafe, Mt. Rushmore
Group Photo at Crazy Horse
Join fellow award winning authors and guests as we tour two of our nation's most iconic treasures. Plan on eating lunch on your own at Mt. Rushmore's Carver's Cafe. Later, our group will take a separate private bus to drive to the base of Crazy Horse mountain where we will take a group photo.
Literary Classics Gala & Awards Presentation
Sunday, September 3 - 7:00 pm until...
We will have a professional photographer and videographer at this event.
All photos and videos will be made available to award winning authors (at no cost).
713 7th Street
You may wish to bring your book(s) to the awards, as we will have a professional photographer present who will be taking photos in front of our Literary Classics step-and-repeat banner. We will be taking individual and group photos that will be made available to authors after the event.
For your convenience a block of rooms has been reserved at The Historic Hotel Alex Johnson Hotel.
To phone in your reservation, please call 1(605)716-4508 for booking under the discounted rates
(Group: Literary Classics GROUP CODE: LIT)
Or you may book online by clicking on the following LINK
Hotel: Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
Group Name: Literary Classics
GROUP CODE: LIT
Dates: August 31 - September 3 (check-out September 4th)
If you wish to book additional dates you will need to call the number provided above
The Alex Johnson Hotel provides a 48 hour cancellation policy with no penalty.
Hotel Alex Johnson provides FREE transportation to and from Rapid City Regional Airport.
For shuttle service from the airport to the hotel go to the Airport Express Shuttle Service Counter near baggage claim.
For return service to the airport you can schedule your shuttle in advance at the hotel registration desk.
The Great American Book Festival is open to the public, and there is no fee for admission
A single booth space is included with each author registration.
For multiple people (this applies only to literary partners such as co-authors, illustrators, etc.) who wish to be in booth for the book signing, one registration per person is required.
Authors are responsible for collecting money for their own books as well as South Dakota state sales tax. Special event tax forms will be distributed at the event for you to use to report earnings if you do not have a SD Sales Tax License. The rate for Sales Tax in South Dakota is 4.5%.
Due to space constraints registered authors, only, will be allowed inside the Literary Classics Tent.
Electricity will NOT be available in the Literary Classics Tent. Please plan accordingly.
Help us maintain a professional appearance. Please no food or beverages in the booth (you may have bottled water, but please keep it tucked under the table when not in use).
CLC will provide signage for all registered authors in attendance at the book signing. If you'd like, you may bring a small, professionally designed table sign for display (approx. 8"x10" or smaller), but please do not bring any floor banner stands or hanging items.
We recommend bringing around 25 books. You may wish to use a rolling suitcase to cart your books and any other marketing materials in and out.
Parking is available in the Main Street Square parking ramp.
ITEMS YOU MAY WISH TO BRING:
CLC AWARD WINNING BOOKS (ONLY)
PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED TABLE SIGN (NO HANGING ITEMS OR FLOOR ITEMS PLEASE)
BOTTLED WATER (PLEASE NO POP OR SNACKS)
CHANGE (FOR CASH PURCHASE)
CARD READER (SUCH AS SQUARE OR PAYPAL FOR C.C. PURCHASES)
UNABLE TO ATTEND BUT STILL WISH TO BE REPRESENTED?
If not attending the fair, you may send up to two copies of your Literary Classics Award Winning Book. We will give away all such books to our local library or other non-profit organizations. There is no fee for us to showcase your books and/or bookmarks.
You may send up to 250 professionally designed and printed, standard size bookmarks (maximum size: 2.5"x8.5"). PLEASE NOTE: If you send any materials which do not meet these guidelines, they will not be displayed, nor will they be returned. We will not display postcards, sell sheets, fliers or other promotional materials.
We will only display bookmarks representing CLC Award Winning Books.
We will only display bookmarks when accompanied by the same Literary Classics award winning book (bookmarks sent without accompanying books will not be displayed, nor will they be returned).
Please ship any materials to arrive by August 15. Should you need to extend this date, we may be able to make other arrangements. Contact us directly for late shipping instructions at info [at] clcawards [dot] org
IF YOU WILL BE ATTENDING THE FESTIVAL PLEASE MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE
YOUR BOOKS SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING.
PLEASE NOTE, LITERARY CLASSICS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST MATERIALS
FOR AUTHORS WHO WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE EVENTS (ONLY)...
PLEASE SEND BOOKS AND BOOKMARKS VIA POST TO:
Literary Classics - GABfest
P.O. Box 3362
Rapid City, SD 57709
We look forward to showcasing you and your award winning book!