I had such a fantastic time at this past January’s Rancho Mirage Writers Festival (held at our gorgeous Rancho Mirage Public Library) that I’m still talking about it weeks later. If the idea of 1200 readers and some 50 writers gathering for a weekend of illustrious literature (talks, panels, Q&As) is your cup of tea, then you’ll want to be at your computers (www.rmwritersfest.org) or at the library itself at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 1. That’s when tickets for RMWF 2018 go on sale. And trust me, if past years are any indication, this event will sell out within hours. Yep, you heard me—hours!

To be held January 24-25, 2018 (that’s right: Wednesday and Thursday as opposed to the previous weekend affairs), the Fifth Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival will embrace the theme “Gloriana Britannia” (AKA The British Invasion) and feature eight of the best English writers. Founder Jamie Kabler even has a surprise royal to be announced soon.

Festival faves Bret Stephens, H.W. Brands, Dave Barry, and Douglas Brinkley (talking about his official Bob Dylan biography!) will be returning guest writers, while some programming changes will ensure an even better experience for readers: fewer passes sold (translating to more room being available for each session), longer breaks between sessions, offering certain popular sessions twice, screens outside the library’s Steinbeck Room so that attendees can watch from there, and organized literary dinners at local restaurants.

All told, there will be more than 70 different sessions over two days. Passes—available for $500 each—include all writer talks, panel discussions, and Q&As; valet parking; and box lunches both days.

If you’ve never been to this fantastic event—the largest book and author program in any public library in America—trust me, going once is enough to make you a fan for life. See you there! I’ll be the one clutching a stack of books like a high school senior, waiting for her favorite scribes to sign their latest best-seller.