The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival brings people together to hear authors from a variety of liter­ary genres, and speakers who discuss advances being made in science, technology, and medicine. At a time when the art of listening seems to be disappearing, the need for civil discourse has never been greater. With so many voices vying for our attention, people are receptive to well-informed speakers and eager for thoughtful conversation and discussion of ideas.

Without the support of our generous sponsors, it would be impossible to bring you the annual Sonoma Valley Authors Festival, Students Day, or Authors on the Historic Sonoma Plaza.

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Authors on the Plaza

Extending the Festival to Sonoma Valley Residents

Authors on the Plaza is a free, family-friendly special event for the Sonoma community hosted by the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival.

Saturday, August 27,
11am to 1pm

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Isabel Allende

My first time at the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival was a fun and stimulating experience. I got to be with authors I admire, listen to inspiring talks, and be in conversation with my handsome friend Jeffrey Brown in front of an attentive audience. Aside from the intellectual feast and lots of laughter, the setting was perfect in spite of the hot weather: good food and wine, nice staff, and a first-class hotel. I hope I get invited again. (If not, I might just crash the party).

Billy Collins

Positioned at the intersection of wine and literature, the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival offers eye, heart and mind-opening opportunities, all the while striking just the right blend of seriousness and hilarity.

Amy Tan

I loved everything about the Festival. The audience was enthusiastic, the talks were fascinating, the hotel was first class, the hosts and volunteers were beyond gracious, and we even had the unique pleasure of viewing stars with a Nobel Laureate astronomer. Wow! And what fun it was hanging with friends Dave Barry, Isabel Allende and Billy Collins. A perfect weekend!

Min Jin Lee

It was thrilling to be in the company of readers, writers, and friends. Sonoma Valley Authors Festival was the burst of literary light and warmth we needed.

Dave Barry

I loved everything about the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival. The audiences are attentive and enthusiastic; the setting is beautiful; and there was ample time to hear and interact with other authors. Just a wonderful experience.

Luis J. Rodriguez

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival was a celebration of writers and readers. Whenever we can gather, magical things happen. Thank you all for making this happen!

David Brooks

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival has already become an important spot on the literary and cultural landscape. With a lineup of speakers that any event would envy, with engaged and intelligent audiences and with its spectacular setting, this is an event to say “yes” to.

Deborah & James Fallows

Thank you, Sonoma Valley. The Authors Festival was original, energetic, thoughtfully composed, and generous of spirit. We enjoyed and learned from our time both as speakers and as audience!


2022 Venue – Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa

The historic Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa has a reputation for delivering excellent food and attentive guest service. A five-star hotel, it is ranked among Travel + Leisure’s top 25 spas, offering 40,000 sq. ft. of spa and exercise space. We are excited to bring the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival back to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn.

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Master and Mistress of Ceremonies

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