What is RAGT?
Lori Foster’s Reader & Author Get Together, affectionately shortened to RAGT, has been growing over the years — but it has never gotten so big as to lose its intimate feel. It’s not just the cap on size (500 max.) that keeps RAGT a cozy event — unlike other cons that change location from year to year, RAGT is held at the same hotel every year in West Chester, Ohio.
RAGT has a two-part mission: to bring together authors & readers, with other industry professionals like editors, agents, publishers and publicists, in a very casual, friendly atmosphere with lots of time for visiting. While all these wonderful people are gathered, we also raise money and awareness for some very worthy causes, like the the Animal Adoption Foundation and The Conductive Learning Center for children with spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Between the huge annual raffle extravaganza, and of course the annual benefit book, these organizations have received many thousands in much needed funding.
Here are some of the Benefit Books from Previous RAGTs:
The Get Together is possible because everyone pitches in. Relying heavily on a band of amazing volunteers, an entire weekend of fun happens with authors, readers, publishers, editors and agents with LOTS of giveaways, terrific raffles, plenty of face time with your favorite author, two multi-author book fairs, photos, meals, games, parties…, But RAGT’s focus is to make the gathering FUN for the readers.