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August 24, 2021

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival Returns This August

The 4th Annual Sonoma Valley Authors Festival (SVAF) comes to the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn, Aug. 27-29, 2021. This year’s exclusive, curated three-day lecture series features 25 authors and speakers, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Isabel Allende, Amy Tan, Daniel James Brown, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Niall Ferguson, Dave Barry, Billy Collins, H.R. McMaster, Wade Davis, Walter Isaacson, Min Jin Lee, Julia Flynn Seiler, Nicole Perlroth, and more. 

Designed to stimulate the minds and nurture the souls of readers committed to lifelong learning, this intimate, in-person event has a maximum attendance of 400 attendees. 

As part of the festival, SVAF hosts free special events for the Sonoma community. This year’s Authors on the Plaza, held Saturday, Aug. 28 at 5 p.m. on Sonoma Plaza, features introductions by Dave Barry, Amy Tan in conversation with Jeffrey Brown of PBS, and two-time Poet Laureate, Billy Collins.

The 3rd Annual Students Day features a dozen authors and speakers, including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Daniel James Brown, Dr. Euan Ashley, and astrophysicist Alex Filippenko, who speak and interact with more than 2,700 students at Sonoma Valley High School and local middle schools. Each year, an average of 4,000 books written by the presenting authors are given to the students for free. Due to campus safety protocols, Students Day is only open to students. 

Festival passes are available now. The three-day VIP Festival Passes start at $2,500 and include all presentations, breakfasts and lunches, plus an exclusive dinner with the authors, preferred seating, valet parking, and access to year-round events. All VIP passes include a tax-deductible donation. 

This year, there are also a limited number of three-day Festival Passes available for $1,149. These passes include all presentations, breakfasts and lunches. All Festival attendees receive complimentary access to the full Virtual Festival video archive available anytime, anywhere on demand from Oct. 23 to Nov. 13, 2021. 

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival is made possible through the generous support of individual donors, corporate sponsors, and committed volunteers. SVAF is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID #84-4846165).

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