2021 Experience

Stimulating the Minds and Nurturing the Souls of Readers

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival is a 3-day weekend lecture series that brings people together to hear authors from a variety of literary genres. Speakers discuss advances being made in science, technology, and medicine, as well as current issues in a “TED-talk” style format.

The Festival attracts people who are committed to lifelong learning; many are at a stage in life where experiences are of more value than things and they enjoy vacations with a purpose. This year’s Festival takes place from August 27-29, 2021 at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn. The schedule is below.

“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.”

David Brooks

Festival Schedule

9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Registration and welcome

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm:  white tablecloth buffet lunch served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: a combination of Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, across from valet parking and Breakout Sessions in the three Fairmont ballroom/conference rooms, followed by book sales/signings and photos with the authors in the Bookstore Suite & Patio next to the Pavilion open to all pass holders

7:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Sponsor/Author/Speaker Dinner 7:00-9:30 in the Pavilion – complimentary food and beverage stations for all Sponsors, Authors, Speakers, and VIP guests; come and go for as little, or as long as you please, no assigned seating

7:00 am – 8:30 am: white tablecloth buffet breakfast served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complementary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

7:00 am – 8:30 am: Optional films may be viewed in the Fairmont ballrooms – guests are welcome to take their breakfast to the ballrooms to watch the films

9:00 am to 12:00 noon: a combination of Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, and Breakout Sessions in the ballrooms followed by book sales/signings 

12:00 noon to 1:30 pm:  white tablecloth buffet lunch served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm: a combination of Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, and Breakout Sessions in the ballrooms, followed by book sales/signings 

5:00 pm to 7:30 pm:  Optional Authors on the Historic Sonoma Plaza –– free to the public – lawn seating – picnics welcome –music followed by 2 Festival authors/speakers, book signing

7:00 am – 8:30 am: white tablecloth buffet breakfast served on the front lawn under umbrellas – complimentary for all pass holders, authors, speakers, and guests

7:00 am – 8:30 am: Optional films may be viewed in the Fairmont ballrooms – guests are welcome to take their breakfast to the ballrooms to watch the films

9:00 am to 12:00 noon, a combination of Main Tent speakers in the Pavilion, and Breakout Sessions in the ballrooms, followed by book sales/signings 

Festival closes at Noon. 

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