The 12th annual Sonoma County Book Festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in Old Courthouse Square in downtown Santa Rosa. 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 fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, children's and teen/young adult. Throughout the day, there will be poetry presented on the main stage of Courthouse Square, plus cartooning at the Peanuts Pavilion for children and the exciting Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Treasure Hunt, plus other entertainment and storytelling.
This year's authors include Maxine Hong Kingston, Belva Davis, Geneen Roth, Carolyn Cooke, Carol Edgarian and Steven T. Jones, plus many other local favorites and national award-winning authors. SSU's own Jonah Raskin, will discuss his new book, Marijuanaland: Dispatches from an American War during the panel discussion "The Sky is High and So Am I: Alternative Subjects."
Four other adult panel discussions will be held including "Gaye LeBaron's History Panel." An expanded Young Adult section presents three panel discussion by YA authors, including "Save the Drama for Your Mama: Contemporary YA Fiction." Last year's well-attended Teen Poetry Slam for cash prizes will again be held, and the Downtown Merchants will hold a sidewalk sale to help celebrate the event.