Watch & Listen

Stimulating the Minds and Nurturing the Souls of Readers

The 2020 Sonoma Valley Virtual Festival

In the challenging past year we had to move our festival online.

The Virtual Festival was a success. An audience of over 3,500 enjoyed 11 days that included 24 inspiring conversations. The presentations were viewed over 11,500 times.

View the recorded sessions on our free online festival on the Virtual Festival website.

2019 Festival Highlights

Students Day Highlights

Students Day 2018 & 2019
Highlights from Students Day at the 1st Annual Festival, 2018

“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

“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). ”

Isabel Allende

“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.”

Billy Collins, Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate

“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!  ”

Amy Tan

“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.”

Min Jin Lee, author of Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko, a Finalist for the National Book Award

“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.”

Dave Barry

“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!”

Luis J. Rodriguez

“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