Press Release: First Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival

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First Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Debuts January 15-18, 2014

More than Twenty-five Internationally Noted, Award-Winning Authors to Participate

(Rancho Mirage, CA – April 22, 2013) Scheduled between the Palm Springs Film Festival and Modernism Week, the First Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival debuts in  January, 2014.  For four days (January 15-18), more than twenty-five acclaimed authors will participate in a cultural give-and-take with book lovers.

The founders of the festival are Jamie Kabler and Susan Rosser.  Kabler is a successful entrepreneur and local community activist involved with many of the Valley’s philanthropic enterprises.  “The festival’s mission,” according to Kabler, “is to bring authors and readers together in an informal setting to facilitate an exchange of ideas and the celebration of the written word.” Kabler’s vision is that one day the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival will stand proudly next to giants in this arena like The Sun Valley Writers Conference in Idaho and the Hay Festival in Great Britain.

Rosser, a former Press Deputy and speechwriter for two Los Angeles County Supervisors is a full-time Rancho Mirage resident.  As  Chair of the Rancho Mirage Speakers Series and an author in her own right, Rosser is not surprised this new event is selling out quickly.  “People love to discuss and dissect the books they read.  They join book clubs to share ideas and enlarge their sense of the world.  It is an empowering exchange.  As an author, I find that most readers’ groups I address are interested in how I came to write the stories and what the actual process was in the telling.  The authors at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival will offer all of that and more to our participants.”

Rosser and Kabler feel the festival will establish a triumvirate of the arts in the Valley. It  completes what the film festival and the music festival started.  They are keenly aware that expendable income has dwindled for many.  For that reason, they are determined to keep the cost of the festival participation down while still attracting a wide array of award-winning authors.  To help underwrite this ambitious project, Kabler turned to five “angels” who live in the desert and improve everyone’s lives whom are touched by their kindness and empathy.  They include: Helene Galen, Donna MacMillan, Madeline Redstone, Lois Horvitz and Anne Holland. Their generosity has assured that the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival will be around for many years to come.

In addition, the city of Rancho Mirage in conjunction with the Rancho Mirage Public Library Foundation, has become a partner by donating funds and personnel to assure a smoothly functioning beginning to the festival that bears its name.  The library staff is unequalled in ability, energy and enthusiasm for this project. The Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands, a part of the Annenberg Foundation, is also a partner of the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, agreeing to assist with recruiting first-class authors and offering several exciting venues besides the main one at the library.  Other entities, such as the Palm Springs Writers Guild and Aqua Pazza Bistro are  sponsors.  New sponsors are welcome at any time.

To register and to get additional information on authors and events visit:  Additional “boutique events” will be announced.

All Access Passes for the four-day event are $125. This includes all author talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, seminars and boxed gourmet lunches.

Award winning and noted authors attending include: David Abrams, Sean B. Carroll, Karen Elliott House, Linda Fairstein, G. Bruce Knecht, Eloise Klein Healy, Alice Kessler-Harris, Geoffrey Kabaservice, Joseph Kanon, Kevin P. Keating, Andrew Neiderman, Chris Pavone, Arthur Phillips, Lisa Pulitzer, Richard Rodriguez, Lisa See, Maggie Shipstead, Mona Simpson, David Ulin,  Joseph Wambaugh, and David Wills.  More will be announced as they sign on.Rancho Mirage Library