20 World-Class Authors Share Personal Stories at the 2023 Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

Four hundred guests were treated to a stellar lineup of worldclass authors and speakers at this year’s Sonoma Valley Authors Festival. The intimate literary event, now in its sixth year, was held at the picturesque Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa from April 28to30, 2023.

Guests were immersed in the transformative, 3-day festival filled with interviews with famed authors in both main tent and breakout sessions, many conducted by Jeffrey Brown of PBS. Beyond exploring various literary genres, science, technology, and medical breakthroughs were revealed in “TEDTalk” style presentations. Authors shared their journeys and insights throughout the festival, from the iconic Isabel Allende to newcomer Bonnie Garmus. Other luminaries included US Poet Laureate Ada Limón, humorist Dave Barry, physician and author Abraham Verghese, Pixar’s animation star Danielle Feinberg, historian Stephen Kotkin, conqueror of the seven summits Silvia Vasquez-Lavado, and biographer Stacy Schiff.

The Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn was the perfect setting for attendees to become informed and transformed. The serene and stunning blend of indoor and outdoor spaces accommodated breakfast and lunch on the lawn and a pavilion stage equipped with cozy seating and elegant chandeliers. The intimate and comfortable atmosphere allowed guests to engage with speakers and other attendees. The first night, after a delicious buffet dinner and fireside cocktails, a poetry reading by US Poet Laureate Ada Limón ignited the imagination. The second night offered stargazing with renowned astrophysicist and scholar Alex Filippenko. The incredible event that left a lasting impression on everyone.

Save the date for next year’s festival: April 26to28, 2024.

More details: svauthorsfest.org