Thursday, January 5, 2017

Girlfriends Weekend brings together authors, Elvis

Josh Davis, a top finalist in a half-dozen Elvis competitions, will entertain the crowd opening night of the Pulpwood Queens Girlfriend Weekend at the Stephen F. Austin State University Baker Patillo Student Center in Nacogdoches, Texas.

The annual Girlfriends Weekend extravaganza, the largest meeting and discussing book club nationwide and in 15 foreign countries (according to their press release), will be Jan. 12-15, 2017.

A partnership with the Pulpwood Queens and the SFA Creative Writing program is new this year with the university hosting the daytime panels. Guest authors will host panel discussions throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. Speakers include New York Times bestsellers Jamie Ford, Robert Hicks, Paulette Jiles, and keynote Scott Wilbanks of “The Lemoncholy of Life of Annie Astor.” Immediately following each author’s panel, books will be available for purchase and autographs at the event.

The weekend will culminate on Saturday night at the “Great Big Ball of Hair” Ball held at Austin Hall. Each costumed attendee and author will be formally introduced as they enter. Come dressed as your favorite diamond, favorite author or book character and compete for best-themed girl group, best-themed skit contest, best Pulpwood Queen and Timber Guy dance contest, Timber Guy sexy reading contest and best Pulpwood Queen themed costume for Ms. “Great Big Ball of Hair” Ball Queen. If you missed going to a fun New Year’s Eve party, this is the party to come to.

General admission to Thursday evening’s Tribute to Elvis, starring Josh Davis, is $10. Single day admission for Friday and Saturday panels and the “Great Big Ball of Hair” Ball are $100 each and available only at the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau.

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