Southern Magic Readers Luncheon



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GOODREADS. Join our group here to chat about the luncheon.

TWITTER. Our handle is @SouthernMagicRW, and we use the hashtag #MagicLunch when we tweet about our big day.  



Author Jeaniene Frost was our 2013 Keynote Speaker. Read about her experience at the Southern Magic Readers Luncheon here.

Storied Past

Our previous keynote speakers include romance greats Sylvia Day, Linda Howard, Gayle Wilson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Connie Brockway, Anne Stuart, Jeaniene Frost, and Victoria Dahl.


Southern Magic is the Birmingham chapter of the non-profit organization Romance Writers of America. Our mission is to promote excellence in romantic fiction and support the careers of romance writers. We are readers and authors who love the romance genre and want to share that love with others. You can help by telling other readers about our luncheon and encouraging them to attend. We look forward to seeing you in November!



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Please join us at our 15th annual #MagicLunch, on Saturday November 3, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama. Join local authors for lunch, followed by a special welcome speaker and special keynote speaker Cathy Maxwell. Attendees receive goodie bags with books and are eligible for door prize baskets. Enjoy a day with people who share your love of reading!

Cathy Maxwell Cathy Maxwell’s enthusiasm for life graces the pages of her books and are the topic of the talks she gives to readers and writers groups about her chosen career. She is no stranger to the limelight. After graduating from college, Cathy started off as a news broadcaster. She later decided reporting was boring compared to making news and joined the navy. After a successful stint in Naval intelligence, including a tour with the Pentagon, Cathy proceeded to pursue writing. Now, she has 30 published romance novels (and five anthologies) to her credit, many of them spending significant time on the New York Times and USA Today mass market best-seller lists. It’s clear that Cathy has succeeded in achieving her goals to a rare degree! This native of Olathe, Kansas now resides in Virginia with children, horses, dogs, and cats. When not writing or tending her beloved animals, she is likely to be busy with one of many local charities or packing her bags to research her next novel. Cathy’s motto is “travel light” and she enjoys meeting her fans all over the world.



Early Registration through Aug 31st -- $30
Regular Registration after August 31st -- $40

Payment must be received for registration to be considered complete. Seats are limited. Early registrations not completed by August 31, 2018 or before all seats are sold will be canceled. Refunds are not available.

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HOSTING AUTHORS: There is a separate registration for hosting authors. Please email for registration instructions if you have not received them.



10:00 a.m. - Check-In Begins

11:00 a.m. – Doors Open, Silent Auction Raffle Baskets Begin

12:00 p.m. – Lunch with Welcome Speaker LYNN RAYE HARRIS and Keynote Speaker ABBI GLINES, author doorprizes, etc.

2:00 p.m. – Book Fair and Signing (Please limit outside books to 5)

For those with E-READERS, please bring them to make onsite purchases of select books!


Embassy Suites - Birmingham/Hoover
2960 John Hawkins Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama, 35244
(near Riverchase Galleria)

If you require overnight accommodations, Southern Magic has special rates available.

Past Luncheon Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Abbi Glines
Welcome Speaker: Lynn Raye Harris

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Ashley
Welcome Speaker: Hildie McQueen

Keynote Speaker: Darynda Jones
Welcome Speaker: Lexi George

Keynote Speaker: Sylvia Day
Welcome Speaker: Naima Simone

Keynote Speaker: Jeaniene Frost
Welcome Speaker: Christy Reece

Keynote Speaker: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Welcome Speaker: Dianna Love

Keynote Speaker: Victoria Dahl
Welcome Speaker: Jennifer Echols

Keynote Speaker: Peggy Webb
Welcome Speaker: Lyn Stone

Keynote Speaker: Anne Stuart
Welcome Speaker: Laura Hayden

Keynote Speaker: Christina Dodd
Welcome Speaker: Kelley St. John

Keynote Speaker: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Welcome Speaker: Debra Webb

Keynote Speaker: Teresa Medeiros
Welcome Speaker: Dianna Love

Keynote Speaker: Connie Brockway
Welcome Speaker: Kelley St. John

Keynote Speaker: Linda Howard
Welcome Speaker: Gayle Wilson


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