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Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

Presented by Sonoma Valley Authors Festival at The Lodge at Sonoma

May 03 - 05 2019
Sonoma Valley Authors Festival

This extraordinary festival returns for its second year to engage, enlighten, entertain

Festival 2019 Weekend: May 3-5, 2019

Students Day:
* Friday, May 3

Free Event – Authors on the Plaza:
* Saturday, May 4, 5:00 – 7:30 pm

The Sonoma Valley Authors Festival will engage, enlighten and entertain its guests during this extraordinary weekend.

During the course of 3 days, authors from around the world will discuss their books, their lives, and their ideas with an audience of 550 Festival attendees. The authors will reflect a variety of topics and include fiction and non-fiction, biographies, history, politics, adventure, medicine, and science.

Also participating in the Festival will be thought leaders who are transforming lives through medicine, technology, communication and philanthropy. The Festival will feature many keynote speakers and a choice of multiple breakout sessions.

Speakers include: Roger McNamee, Tom Brokaw, James and Deborah Fallows, Billy Collins*, Phillip K Howard, Francis Fukuyama, Ph.D., Wade Davis*, Anthony Ray Hinton, Steven Johnson, Esi Edugyan, Ambassador Michael McFaul, Dr. Gary Small, Simon Winchester, Matthew Walker, Ph.D., Caitlin O’Connell-Rodwell, Ph.D.*, Alex Filippenko, Ph.D.*, Andrea M. Ghez, Ph.D.*, John Burnham Schwartz, Michael Shellenberger, Gordon Lithgow, Ph.D., Pedro Irazoqui, Ph.D.*, Charina Chou, Ph.D.*, James Strock, Jamie Bernstein, Claire Spafford, Justin Wangler and Tracey Shepos Cemani, Alana Nichols*, Jeffrey Brown, John McReynolds, Jose Antonio Vargas*, Trudi Trueit*, Mack McCarter, Andrew Zaldivar, Ph.D.*, Anne Snyder.  (* – participating in Students Day)  Learn more

A separate program—Students Day—will be held at Sonoma Valley High School on Friday, May 3 for 2,700 local middle and high school students and will enable students to interact with Festival authors and speakers, attend sessions, engage in facilitated group discussions and return home with their own copies of signed books.


Weekend Pass:  $750

Contact: 707-282-9028


    Official Website

Additional time info:

Festival Schedule:
Friday, May 3
– 3:00 pm – Registration Opens at The Lodge at Sonoma
Friday, May 3 – 4:00-6:00 pm – Two Main Tent Opening Speakers
Saturday, May 4 – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (light breakfast served and lunch)
Sunday, May 5 – 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (light breakfast served and lunch)

Authors on the Plaza (free event):
* Saturday, May 4, 5:00 – 7:30 pm


The Lodge at Sonoma

1325 Broadway At Leveroni & Napa Roads, Sonoma, CA 95476

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