#28DaysofLestat-Anne Rice Week-Anne Rice’s Creation of the Facebook Fan Page/The Flourishing of “Bibliophile’s Reverie”

Dare to click the book cover below, to pre-order your copy, because this is a book you will not want to miss, if you view yourself as a serious fan of the Vampire Lestat…



Without Anne Rice and her amazing Facebook fan page (and all the wonderful people I’ve met through there), this blog would have gone extinct a very long time ago!

#28DaysofLestat- Anne Rice Week- Anne Rice’s Creation of the Facebook Fan Page/The Flourishing of “A Bibliophile’s Reverie”

The below may sound a bit braggart-ish, and I really tried to tone down the braggart elements, to instead show just how much Anne Rice’s support has kept this blog alive, while also creating one of the most dynamic author Facebook pages on the internet.

Sometime in 2009, Anne Rice forged a brave journey towards discovering the marvels of the internet, in how it allows her to almost instantaneously connect with her readers. Back then, she would often post letters-emailed from readers- and the response was often pretty sparse in number, as Anne Rice’s Facebook fan page had several thousand or so followers at that time.

Around 2010, I submitted a philosophy essay I wrote about the Augustinian elements of Anne Rice’s books, which she shared on her Facebook page. Later, she began sharing more of my Facebook posts via her page, including several of my Interview with the Vampire philosophy posts, the Memnoch the Devil discussion posts, etc.

There was one time that I offered a bit of criticism (very constructive and civil in tone, of course) about Anne Rice’s later Vampire Chronicle books, and the element of her response that really stayed with me was how candid, expressive, and civilly defensive she was of the merits of her later books. I have managed to earn a better respect with what Anne Rice was seeking to accomplish with books, like Merrick, Blackwood Farm, and Blood Canticle, which did not personally resonate with me as much. But, my response was, again, only my own subjective take on the work,and that any and all reviews should be something that doesn’t purport to be the only response to a work, but rather something that represents the beautiful subjectivity of artistic response. I was really glad that Anne Rice was able to respond to constructive criticism with so much class, and spunk, and the fact that she actually read whatever I posted on my blog, and responded to things, has always impressed me. It shows, again, that she has a genuine interest in the responses of her readers of her works.

Widening the approach to her Facebook Fan page, Anne Rice has always opened the discussion to everyone, with any type of view, as long as it’s civilly expressed. Unlike some other more cloistered sections of the internet, she welcomes discussion on tough issues, which is something I think people genuinely revere about Anne Rice, in a world where it is so tough to have these types of vigorous debates about different issues, without getting trapped in nominal semantics about things that sometimes require more thought (always accompanied with some tact too!)

Anne Rice reminds everyone that the world that values variance in response to things still exist, even when we hear that expressing certain unpopular opinions may prevent us from getting jobs. We live in a world that is precariously democratic, in that we have the pretense of respecting difference in opinions, but yet we’ve created a sort of limitation on these things. And, I think that this disdain for difference in opinion has actually made the tone of people’s opinions more desperate, more vitriolic, and less civilized, because people are letting loose their bottled-up opinions, and it will become uncivil, and agitated, because of that restiveness that we have in real life, where we are instructed daily that the world likes to pretend that there is more homogeneity than there really is.

It was thanks to her page, her willingness to express herself with frankness (and class) that has made me respect Anne Rice so much, someone that often gets categorized as someone that begrudges freedom of expression. I think she is only frustrated with the same thing we all are, which is this incivility we see leak into our discussions, that are so devoid of maturity and class.  That is something I’ve striven to attempt here on my blog; the same ideal as Anne Rice’s Facebook Fan page, which is allowing people to express a diversity of opinions about books, and anything that connects back to what we’re reading.

Anne Rice’s nearly five year support of A Bibliophile’s Reverie astounds me each and every day. She could have easily ignored the posts, seen them as mere distractions or poppycock. Instead, she decided to engage with the other areas of the internet that are beginning a new medium or format that speaks about books on a much more expansive platform than live book discussions.

Thank you to Anne Rice again for her support of this blog, the inspiration she inspires daily on her Facebook Fan Page, and the lessons I’ve learned about ways to engage with civility in discussions and reviews that have helped me immensely into being shaped into a confident, though kind/mature artist!! (or at least, I wish to think I’m either of those things)

On Tuesday night (10/21/14-week before Prince Lestat is released), I will posting the first of the planned six Vampire Chronicles Academic Review Session Posts,  recapitulating all the major things that we discussed that happened in the first three Vampire Chronicle novels!!

***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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I will be attending Anne Rice’s signing at 192 Books on October 28, 2014, and I am planning to get a copy signed and personalized for the winner on that date!! This is a special laminated (serving to protect the book) first-edition hardcover that is in very good condition. This contest helps further promote my self-publishing publicity and editorial services, for the many indie writers out there, and I really thank you, in advance for entering this contest, as these contests do go a long way with helping promote this service, so aptly named: A Bibliophile’s Workshop

Another hypothetical prize- Video Greeting, from Anne Rice herself!(still not definite, as of yet) is to record a special message at the signing, from Anne Rice, to the winner. I’m pretty certain she’d be really excited to do this, so it is a good chance that it may happen. But given time constraints at signings, this may not happen…Stay tuned for more details on this development.

Contest Rules:
     Winners are chosen randomly, by the Rafflecopter APP, and the contest is to everyone, with a few restrictions. For those living outside either US or Canada, you can enter, as long as you understood you are required to pay the postage, as I cannot afford to pay any international shipping costs. I’d love to, but I cannot feasibly offer this, in my current financial situation!

I apologize to those in the same boat, as well, who would not be able to afford the shipping costs. I am always remiss to post that following message, barring you from entering. It generally sucks, as so many of you are equally as passionate (or even more passionate) about Anne Rice’s  than anyone.

**Comic Shared by Coven Member, Jo Vee**
Read, and be entertained by this very amusing comic, which will serve as the Hyperlink image, that will allow you to be redirected to a Rafflecopter App. that will allow you to enter this contest!!

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***Please send photos, artwork, letters, diary entries, an epistolary novel, something that you feel artfully engraves the impact Anne Rice’s stories have had on your life to narniafanatic@gmail.com with the subject line of “28 Days of Lestat! With your express permission being granted to share these things (one poem or song per day during the course of October, 2014, up till the 28th of October), I hope to post something each day- a small fragment of one person’s completely unique approach to the series, which will hopefully come together, impressively, on the 28th of October, to virtually reconstruct the different views and memories people attach to this series, the character of Lestat, and many of the other vampires (or immortal species) Anne has created, in an uncannily realistic way, which makes us believe that these characters are very real, and existing amongst us.

Also, be sure to share anything Vampire Chronicles-related on the Lestat Book Coven Facebook Group Page, any comment sections on all 28 individual #28daysofLestat posts here on this blog, or on Twitter,Instagram, Tumblr, and beyond!!
COMING SOON….News about Prince Lestat Book Coven Release Party Festivities-New York NY-October 28, 2014

**For those who reside in the vicinity of New York, NY, Anne Rice will be at 192 Bookstore in New York, NY on October 28th, 2014 (coinciding with the official release of Prince Lestat)  I’ll be attending the New York event, and there are some exciting events, planned ahead of the signing at 7pm. Eastern at 192 Bookstore, which hypothetically, may include a special dinner and “Coven of the Articulate” Dinner at a New Orleans-style restaurant or coffee shop

Here are the event details, and you can RSVP for this event by heading over to the appropriate “Prince Lestat Invades NYC” Event Page on Facebook (or click on the St. John Divine church picture below to be taken there!!)

Event Details- October 28th, 2014; 2pm. Live Reading at St. John the Divine Church; and 4:30pm. “Coven of the Articulate Dinner” at a New Orleans style restaurant (soon-to-be- announced)!

The date is finalized, but the time is still not, as of yet, finalized, and the exact events are not yet clear either. So, this space is merely used to gauge interest in this event.

It will most likely be comprised of a live-reading of “Memnoch the Devil,” by either Anne Rice herself (low probability), as she is very busy preparing for her signing. It will most likely be myself reading it, or someone else entirely. I would prefer someone else reading it, who has the right type of reading voice.

The event will start at 2pm., giving people enough time to leave around 3pm. to head over to 192 Bookstore in New York City. For those who don’t mind where they are in line for the event, there will be a special dinner at 4:30pm. at a New Orleans style restaurant in the Manhattan area.

If you have any recommendations, as to the best place for such food, please leave your recommendations here! I need a final count of people that would be able to attend the Prince Lestat Cajun Dinner, by next week on Wednesday, and I will call the chosen restaurant to make the proper reservations then.

If anyone has good filming device of some kind (an iphone), you may be in charge of filming the St. John the Divine event, if we are given permission to do that! I have a low-tech camera, which I really don’t want to use, as the quality itself is terrible.

**Those of you, who do not live in the New York area still have a chance to meet Anne Rice, and get your treasured/beloved copies of Prince Lestat signed.

Several venues have discreetly posted some ticket information for the upcoming Prince Lestat book tour.  I will try finding more, and posting them below, with hyperlinked text for your convenience!! If you need help finding a signing near you, leave a comment below, or email me at narniafanatic@gmail.com.

For your convenience, all events that are not free events (a vast majority, unfortunately, are events that have charges attached/require tickets) happen to have asterisks (*) next to them:

If you manage to find any more events, please leave the link and other pertinent details in the comment area below! Thanks.

*October 28, 2014- Anne Rice& Victoria Wilson Book Signing- New York , NY 
*November 2, 2014- Anne Rice & Christopher Rice Book Signing New Orleans,LA
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November 5, 2014- Anne Rice, In Conversation with Christopher Rice- Hartford, CT (for some reason, this event is a bit exorbitantly priced)
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November 6, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Philadelphia, PA
*November 8, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Victoria Wilson- Chicago, Il
*November 19, 2014- Anne Rice, In conversation with Christopher Rice- Los Angeles, CA   
(Click the hyper-linked text, to be referred to site to buy tickets!)A SPECIAL BLOOD AND GOLD First Edition, Signed Hardcover Contest

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