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Join me at the 12th annual Sonoma County Book Festival on September 24, 2011

Even though I’m an avid reader, and have been since before I was a teenager, it was only a couple of years ago that I became aware of the Sonoma County Book Festival. This year, I ended up helping out on the Author Committee, and I’m pretty pleased with our lineup!

The Sonoma County Book Festival is set for Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10am to 4pm. It’s held outside at Courthouse Square in the area of 4th and Mendocino. There’s something for everyone — a fun children’s schedule, great literary fiction authors, interesting panels, fabulous young adult authors, and well-known poets. Here’s some highlights:

For the kids:

  • Megan McDonald
  • bilingual storytelling
  • The Magical Moonshine Puppet Show
  • The Schulz Museum will have artists on hand teaching kids how to draw familiar cartoons such as Scooby Doo and Disney princesses
  • The Secret Agent Jack Stalwart Treasure Hunt

For teens and lovers of YA literature:

  • A panel called Advice for Teen Writers
  • A panel called Save the Drama for Your Mama: Contemporary YA fiction, which features Kim Culbertson, Amy Reed, Nina LaCour and Amy Reed
  • Teen poetry slam (with cash prizes!)
  • A reading by Daisy Whitney
  • The panel Vampires, Ghosts and Zombies, Oh My! Paranormal Fiction for Young Adults. You’ll be able to see Lisa Desrochers, Stacey Jay, and Sophie Littlefield.

For literary fiction readers:

  • Tatjana Soli
  • Ann Packer
  • Elena Mauli Shapiro
  • Carol Edgarian
  • Carolyn Cooke
  • Zoe FitzGerald Carter

Poetry fans:

  • Jane Hirshfield
  • Judy Halebsky
  • Jeanne Wagner


  • The Sky is High and So Am I: Alternative Subjects
  • Books: The Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
  • Writing Local History with Gaye LeBaron
  • Shots Happen: A Mix of Mystery Writers
  • Writing for Film and Stage

This is only a sampling of what’s in store for the day. I hope to see you there!


6 Responses to “Join me at the 12th annual Sonoma County Book Festival on September 24, 2011”

  1. Michelle

    I’m a total fail in helping with the panel titles for YA but I LOVE the Drama for Your Mama panel. That’s great. Enjoy the day.


  2. Beth F ()

    Wow! Awesome panels. I’ll miss seeing you on the East Coast but you have helped put together a great event.


  3. zibilee ()

    Our book club got a chance to talk to Tatjana Soli one evening, and it was wonderful. She knows how to captivate her audience and I know you will have a great time meeting her. This event sounds amazing, and I am so thrilled that you are helping out! Have an amazing time out there!


  4. Florinda ()

    Sounds like a terrific festival – of course, if you worked on it, Trish, how could it NOT be? I wish Sonoma County didn’t exceed “reasonable driving distance”…


  5. Kathleen

    Darn it, I’m at a birthday party that day. I would so love to attend! Maybe next year!


  6. Dawn - She Is Too Fond of Books ()

    What a fun project to be involved with – have a great time at the Book Fest!


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