David & Ginny Freeman’s Vision
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. The demographic of our attendees reflects that many are at a stage of life where they place a higher value on meaningful experiences than acquiring more material things. In addition, their desire for more intentional uses of time and resources, often called “vacationing with a purpose,” was the genesis of the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival.
After long and fulfilling corporate careers, Sonoma Valley Authors Festival founders Ginny and David Freeman retired to Sonoma. As regular attendees of various public and private lectures, they discovered the world of author and speaker festivals and enjoyed connecting with others dedicated to life-long learning. Living in a region known for outstanding beauty, wine, and food, they felt called to create an experience that celebrates the magic of the Sonoma Valley, enhanced by the power of ideas and conversation fueled by reading.
The mission of the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival is to bring people together to explore a variety of literary genres, discover the advances being made in science, technology and medicine, and foster genuine connections with others; simply stated, to “Stimulate the Minds and Nurture the Souls of Readers.”
At a time when so many voices compete for our attention, forcing us to filter fact from fiction, the Sonoma Valley Authors Festival creates a shared experience. For a weekend, attendees and sponsors are captivated by some of the greatest writers and thinkers of our day. Hearing the story behind the stories, meeting literary heroes and making new connections are experiences that continue to resonate. We hope you agree!