Sonoma County Book Festival Bringing Authors Together for a Day of Books, Music and Entertainment

The 11th annual Sonoma County Book Festival is scheduled for Sat., September 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square.

The continued support and volunteer efforts of SSU staff, faculty, alums and students help to keep this award-winning literary event not only informational, but entertaining.

Admission is free and includes author readings and book signings, panels and activities for all ages. Among the broad range of topics and genres represented are mystery, international and debut fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, children's and teen/young adult.

Throughout the day, there will be poetry presented on the main stage of Courthouse Square, plus books performed with music on the children's area stage.

This year's authors range from international to local, and include internationally acclaimed Abraham Verghese, reading from his book Cutting for Stone; young writer Yiyun Li, author of The Vagrants, a novel set in 1970's China; and local author Joyce Maynard, who will read from her just-released book The Good Daughters.

Panels include Michele Anna Jordan, hosting a panel on food and wine writing, a panel on writing and publishing in a rapidly changing book world; and a panel on screenwriting. The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition will provide free bike valet service at the event.

The Book Festival welcomes SSU volunteers. To help the day of the event, email For a full list of authors, panels and programs, visit the Book Festival website.

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