Virtual Retreat 2022


The Gloss Book Club Virtual Retreat

Saturday, June 18, 2022 10AM - 6PM EDT

Join Us Virtually Worldwide

Vacation, staycation… Yup, we've heard it all before, but BOOKCATION?! Now, that’s totally our speed! We’re so excited to bring you the perfect blend of summer camp-themed interactive sessions – AND a whole line up of uber talented authors!

We think you’ll be thrilled to learn that our Spotlight Speaker is none other than Jennifer Weiner! Jennifer will be joining Gloss Founder Erin Woodward for an hour-long interview and chat about her latest release - and our featured book club pick for the retreat - The Summer Place, which just came out this week!

Zibby Owens (Bookends) will be kicking back with Christina Lauren (Something Wilder) to chat all things chick lit, while Tarryn Fisher (An Honest Lie) and Samantha Bailey (Watch Out For Her) will be going head to head with Literary Agent Cecilia Lyra while sitting around the campfire telling scary stories. Catherine Adel West (The Two Lives of Sara) and Adriana Herrera (A Caribbean Heiress in Paris) will front our panel discussion on how to weave the perfect (historical fiction) tale and we’ll be asking your questions live throughout both panel events.

Get social with fellow Gloss members and retreat attendees during our community mix-and-mingle event before turning inward to connect to self through a guided meditation and workshop.

With your ticket, you will gain access to the live retreat programming as well as the recorded event sessions, so you can rewatch or catch up on the goodness! Our VIP tickets include a paperback (Canada) or hardcover (USA) copy of The Summer Place as well as our limited Gloss Book Club sweatshirt, which is the perfect layer for cooler summer evenings.


10:00 AM Welcome Session

Welcoming You Into BOOKCATION

10:30 AM Gloss Community Scavenger Hunt

A Bookish-themed Social Mix and Mingle Adventure

11:30 AM Campfire Stories with Riley Sager and Samantha Bailey

A Psychological Thriller Panel hosted by Cecilia Lyra

12:30 PM Camp Lunch

Refuel and recharge before an afternoon of goodness!

1:15 PM Nature Walk

Guided Meditation and Wellness Workshop led by Valerie Bennett

2:00 PM Picnic in the Park with Christina Lauren

A Chick Lit Chat hosted by Zibby Owens

3:00 PM Stargazing with Jennifer Weiner

An Interview with Our Literary Guest Star hosted by Erin Woodward

4:00 PM Refreshment Break

Grab a refreshment and snack - we'll catch you back shortly!

4:15 PM Weaving Tales with Catherine Adel West and Adriana Herrera

A Historical Fiction Panel

5:00 PM Book Club Discussion

For Our Official BOOKCATION Pick: The Summer Place


VIP Ticket | Event + Swag

Includes access to all retreat programming; access to the virtual recordings; a physical copy of the retreat book, The Summer Place and an exclusive The Gloss Book Club sweatshirt (available in S - 3XL).
$119.99 USD (includes a hardcover copy of The Summer Place) /
$119.99 CAD (includes a paperback copy of The Summer Place)


General Admission

Includes access to full retreat programming through the day and access to the virtual recordings.
$49.99 USD / $59.99 CAD



Jennifer Weiner, Author
Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of nineteen books, including That Summer, Big Summer, Mrs. Everything, In Her Shoes, Good in Bed, and a memoir in essays, Hungry Heart. She has appeared on many national television programs, including Today and Good Morning America, and her work has been published in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among other newspapers and magazines. Jennifer lives with her family in Philadelphia.


Christina Lauren, Authors
Christina Lauren is the combined pen name of longtime writing partners and best friends Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings, The New York Times, USA TODAY, and #1 internationally bestselling authors of the Beautiful and Wild Seasons series, Dating You / Hating You, Autoboyography, Love and Other Words, Roomies, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating, My Favorite Half-Night Stand, The Unhoneymooners, Twice in a Blue Moon, and The Soulmate Equation.


Zibby Owens, Author
Zibby Owens is an author, podcaster, publisher, CEO, and mother of four. Zibby founded Zibby Owens Media, a privately-held media company designed to help busy people live their best lives by connecting to books and each other. One division is Moms Don’t Have Time To, the home for Zibby’s podcasts, publications (including two anthologies), and communities. The other is Zibby Books, a publishing home for fiction and memoir which she co-founded with Leigh Newman. Her award-winning podcast, Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books, has been downloaded millions of times. She is a regular columnist for Good Morning America, Katie Couric Media, and Moms Don’t Have Time to Write on Medium. Her upcoming memoir, Bookends: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Literature, comes out July 1, 2022 (Little A). Her first children’s book Princess Charming (Flamingo/Penguin Random House) debuted April 19, 2022, and will be followed by a second. She lives in New York with her husband and four children.


Catherine Adel West, Author
Catherine Adel West was born and raised in Chicago, IL where she currently resides. She graduated with both her Bachelors and Masters of Science in Journalism from the University of Illinois - Urbana. Her work is published in Black Fox Literary Magazine, Five2One, Better than Starbucks, Doors Ajar, 805 Lit + Art, The Helix Magazine, Lunch Ticket and Gay Magazine. Author of Saving Ruby King, Catherine was named one of USA TODAYS Black Authors You Should Know. The Two Lives of Sara is her sophomore novel.


Adriana Herrera, Author
Adriana Herrera was born and raised in the Caribbean, but for the last fifteen years has let her job (and her spouse) take her all over the world. She loves writing stories about people who look and sound like her people getting unapologetic happy endings. Her books have received starred reviews from PW and Booklist and have been featured on The TODAY Show and NPR, in Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. Adriana is an outspoken advocate for diversity in romance and was one of the co-creators of the Queer Romance PoC Collective.

Riley Sager, Author
Riley Sager is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, most recently Home Before Dark and Survive the Night. His first novel, Final Girls, has been published in 30 countries and won the ITW Thriller Award for Best Hardcover Novel. His latest book, The House Across the Lake, will be published in 2022 by Dutton Books. A native of Pennsylvania, he now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.


Samantha Bailey, Author
Samantha M. Bailey is the USA TODAY and #1 nationally bestselling author of Woman On The Edge, which has sold in eleven countries to date, and the instant #1 national bestseller, Watch Out For Her. She is also a journalist and freelance editor; her work has appeared in NOW Magazine, The Village Post, The Thrill Begins, and The Crime Hub, among other publications. Samantha lives in Toronto, where she can usually be found tapping away at her computer or curled up on her couch with a book.


Erin Woodward, The Gloss Book Club, Founder
Erin Woodward, born in a small town outside of Toronto, Canada started the The Gloss Book Club in 2008 while living abroad in London, England. She saw it as a unique way to make new friends in a strange city. The book club originally started out as a passion project but grew organically as the members naturally moved from London back to their home cities across the world and asked to take the concept with them. The book club now operates in over 125 communities across 15 countries and has over 150,000 members – all reading the same book at the same time. Erin currently runs the company and also writes for publications in the UK and Canada. She reads over 40 books a year.


Valerie Bennett, The Gloss Retreat Director and Life Coach
In addition to working with The Gloss Book Club as the Retreat Director, Valerie Bennett is also a trained life coach who guides women to connect to their deepest emotions to allow for their fullest expression of self, enabling them to make intentional choices and take aligned action toward leading vibrant and fulfilling lives. Valerie is also a trained breathwork facilitator and her offerings include 1:1 coaching, group coaching and workshop sessions, and breathwork classes. Valerie is a self-described growth junkie and so, not surprisingly, self-help is her favourite genre.


Cecilia Lyra, Literary Agent and Author
Cecilia (CeCe) Lyra is an associate literary agent at P.S. Literary Agency representing adult fiction and non-fiction. As both a storyteller and a storyseller, CeCe believes that stories are empathy-generating machines capable of healing, connecting, and enacting lasting change. She is drawn to books with strong hooks and smooth writing, told with originality, nuance, and authenticity. As a mixed race Latinx immigrant, CeCe is passionate about representing under or misrepresented voices and stories that contribute to a larger cultural conversation. She is the author of two novels, The Faithfuls and The Sunset Sisters, and she co-hosts the popular podcast, The Shit No One Tells You About Writing. CeCe is also a recovering lawyer but asks that you do not hold that against her. When she isn’t living inside a story, CeCe can be found drinking wine, munching on chocolate, and snuggling with her adorable English Bulldog.