To create the highest caliber experience for our attendees, the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival has partnered with Elaine Petrocelli, Founder and Owner of Book Passage, a world-renowned bookstore that has served the Bay Area for more than 46 years. Elaine assists in selecting and securing authors to participate in the Festival, books to be purchased during the book signing sessions, and in the promotion of the event.

Booksellers at Elaine’s two successful stores, in Corte Madera and in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, pride themselves on their personalized service and their knowledge of books. Additionally, Elaine and her staff have hosted thousands of lectures, classes and conferences over the past four decades, organizing as many as 900 speaker events each year, with authors presenting at her bookstores as well as functions for the Kidney Foundation, Dominican College and other organizations.

Through these speaker programs, Book Passage has invited readers to engage with world class writers, leaders and cultural icons including Gloria Steinem, Isabel Allende, Jon Krakauer, Wynton Marsalis and former US President Barack Obama.

Top publishers include Book Passage on any major book tour for their authors. Elaine’s mailing list that has tens of thousands of names consisting entirely of clients who chose to subscribe, receive a monthly newsletter of authors on speaking tours promoting their books at Book Passage bookstores in person and virtually, classes, special programs, and book suggestions for adults as well as young readers.

Sonoma Valley Authors’ Festival is thrilled to have Book Passage as our partner.

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Book Passage offers a wide variety of books and has a history of working with community and nonprofit organizations. As a partner to the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival, Book Passage will set up a bookstore at the event venue stocked with the books of the Festival speakers. Throughout the Festival, readers will have an opportunity to peruse books, purchase them, and have the presenting authors sign them.
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