RAI on Indefinite Hiatus

Hi friends. After some inquiries about the future of RAI, we wanted to share some news that may not come as a surprise. We’ll never say never, but due to these strange times with additional event details such as guaranteed safety, travel restrictions, etc., along with our own personal and professional priorities, Roanoke Author Invasion is on an indefinite hiatus.

This was not an easy decision to make, but we’re so happy to have spent 6 glorious years with you and sincerely thank you for understanding. We love you, we miss you, and we wish all the best for our community and our authors’ future successes. We’ll see you around the book world and lots of hugs to you all!

Roanoke Author Invasion 2020 CANCELED

Hi friends.

I need to update you about Roanoke Author Invasion 2020. Due to yesterday’s state of emergency issued by Governor Northam regarding large gatherings at risk of the COVID-19 pandemic, and concern for our authors’ and attendees’ health and safety, we see no other option but to cancel RAI.

I am beyond devastated, and so sorry to do this, but we cannot in good conscience ask you all to not only travel under these wary conditions, especially if things worsen. This is not a decision we take lightly, and I truly hope you all understand our concerns. I’d hoped to wait a few more days, but our local schools are being warned about shutting down for 2 weeks, hospital is reigning in visitors, etc, and we didn’t see much other choice.

Roanoke Author Invasion 2020 will NOT take place. The hotel is aware of the decision – PLEASE call them to cancel your hotel room so you are not charged, as well as any other travel plans you made in order to be with us. Tobi, Ethan, our volunteers and I are so sorry not to see you all this year. Wishing you and your loved ones happiness and health as we get through this together.

All my love,

Liz Long


Thank You!

Thank you for another fantastic year with #RAI2019! We so appreciate our authors and readers who come together to make this better each year, as well as the hotel and their staff for being such an attentive, helpful venue for everyone.

More information about #RAI2020 coming soon, but in the meantime, mark your calendars for April 4, 2020!