CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR LITERARY SUCCESS!


You are invited to join us in the City of Presidents for 
The 8th Annual Literary Classics Book Awards & Events. 


This year's awards and events will be held
 in Rapid City, South Dakota in conjunction 
with the Great American Book Festival


2019 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 
historic Alex Johnson Hotel, located in downtown Rapid City. See below for details.


All events listed below will take place in downtown Rapid City, 
and are within walking distance from the Hotel Alex Johnson.


Authors' Meet & Greet
Thursday, May 9, 7:00 pm until... ?
Private Wine & Cheese Event at Firehouse Wine Cellars
620 Main Street
Casual Attire

Bring your business cards and plan on meeting fellow award winning authors at this event.


Private Authors' Roundtable Session (AUTHORS ONLY)
Friday, May 10, 8AM to 10AM
Rapid City Public Library
610 Quincy Street
Casual Attire 

Writers' Conference 
Friday, May 10, 10:15 AM to 5 PM (Visit GABfest.info for full schedule and details)
Rapid City Public Library
610 Quincy Street
Casual Attire 

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, May 10, - Evening
Various Downtown Locations and specific times TBA
Casual Attire

In conjunction with the Great American Book Festival a number of downtown venues will host book readings and other fun and entertaining literary related events.  --Details to be announced.


Great American Book Festival
Authors in CLC booths • Book Signings • Readings
Saturday, May 11,  9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Main Street Square
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.  Due to space restrictions we allow award-winning authors only in the CLC tent please.

Should you wish to have an additional booth where you may promote your non-CLC-Award-Winning-Book(s) you may reserve a booth directly through the Great American Book Festival.  


Day at Your Leisure
You may wish to consider some of the following activities on this day...

Mt. Rushmore & Crazy Horse Monuments are both a short drive from Rapid City
- With so much to see and do in the Black Hills you may wish to book a TOUR
- Grab your camera and take off on your own with the City of Presidents Self-Guided Walking TOUR
​- Shop, Dine and Explore Downtown Rapid City
- Pamper yourself with a hair/makeup appointment before your red-carpet event that evening


Literary Classics Gala & Awards Presentation
Sunday, May 12 - 6:30 pm until...
We will have a professional photographer at this event.  
All photos will be made available to award winning authors at no cost.
713 7th Street
Dahl Fine Arts Center
Formal Attire

You may wish to bring your book(s) to the awards, as we will have a professional photographer present who will be taking red-carpet photos in front of the Literary Classics step-and-repeat banner.  We will be taking individual and group photos that will be made available to authors after the event.  You, your friends, family and literary partners are welcome to attend.  Should you be interested in having a literary partner join you on stage for the awards ceremony we are happy to accommodate your request (with advance notice) this.  


LODGING
For your convenience a block of rooms has been reserved at The Historic Hotel Alex Johnson Hotel.
IMPORTANT - DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES AVAILABLE ONLY UNTIL JANUARY 18, 2019

To phone in your reservation, please call 1(605)342-1210.  
For booking under the discounted rates mention Group Name: Literary Classics.

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

Dates: May 9 through May 12, available at $107/night + taxes and fees (Reduced rate applies through check out date of 5/13)

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.  



BOOK FESTIVAL DETAILS 
The Great American Book Festival is open to the public, and there is no fee for admission

A single booth space (shared table with 1 chair only) is included with each full author registration.
For multiple people who wish to be in booth for the book signing, one full author registration per person is required (this applies only to literary partners such as co-authors, illustrators, etc.)

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 of the festival grounds.  

Parking is available in the adjacent Main Street Square parking ramp.

ITEMS YOU MAY WISH TO BRING:
CLC AWARD WINNING BOOKS (ONLY)
PENS
NOTE PAD
PROFESSIONALLY DESIGNED TABLE SIGN (NO HANGING ITEMS OR FLOOR ITEMS PLEASE)
BUSINESS CARDS
BOTTLED WATER (PLEASE NO POP OR SNACKS)
CHANGE (FOR CASH PURCHASES)
CARD READER (SUCH AS SQUARE OR PAYPAL FOR C.C. PURCHASES)
BOOK MARKS




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 hold a drawing for these books at the end of the day.  Any remaining books will be donated to our local library or other non-profit organizations following the event. 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 April 10. 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 YOU MAY WISH TO MAKE ARRANGEMENTS TO HAVE 
YOUR BOOKS /BOOKMARKS, ETC. SHIPPED DIRECTLY TO THE HOTEL WHERE YOU WILL BE STAYING.  
LITERARY CLASSICS IS NOT ABLE TO ACCEPT SHIPMENTS OF BOOKS FOR AUTHORS WHO WILL BE
ATTENDING THE BOOK FESTIVAL.


FOR AUTHORS WHO WILL NOT BE ATTENDING THE EVENTS (ONLY)... 
PLEASE SEND maximum 2 BOOKS AND BOOKMARKS VIA POST TO:
Literary Classics - GABfest
P.O. Box 3362
Rapid City, SD 57709


PLEASE NOTE, LITERARY CLASSICS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST MATERIALS


We look forward to showcasing you and your award winning book!