When we got to the casino, we registered since it was our first time there. It also happened to be Ladies Night so they put $25 to gamble with on my card. Woo Hoo! Love ladies night! Bill was wishing he was a lady!! From there we went to the convention center and I registered for the book club getaway and got a great bag of goodies!
I caught the end of Dr. Gary Small, a UCLA neuroscientist, discuss his book The Alzheimer's Prevention Program. He was very engaging and personable and I wished I had heard him from the beginning. The next speaker was Amy Newmark, publisher of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. They are a local company right in Connecticut and you could tell she loves her job and is passionate about the company. They receive thousands of submissions and read them all before selecting which stories to publish. Each Chicken Soup for the Soul book contains 101 true stories. She was quite an inspiration!
Next they had a discussion on how to enliven your book club and offered a lot of great tips and answered questions from the audience. It was great to hear how other book clubs run their meetings and the struggles that some clubs face. The audience then participated in a discussion of Still Alice by Lisa Genova. I haven't read that book, but enjoyed listening to the discussion.
I also enjoyed the after-hours party at Bobby Flay's Bar Amercain where Jeff Kamin of Books & Bars led a discussion of the book The Other Woman by Hank Phillipe Ryan. The crowd was very lively and the atmosphere was fun.
I only went to the events on Friday night. Bill and I were planning on leaving early Saturday and we wanted to spend a little time together Saturday exploring the casino before we left. I enjoyed the casino and couldn't believe how big the place is. There are also loads of restaurants and shops. I don't gamble, but I played the slot machines and ended up winning $150. Go figure! Then I just HAD to spend my winnings on some stuff for the kids! We had such a great time and will definitely go back!