One of the most rewarding aspects of my job as a travel and tourism blogger for the City of Rancho Mirage is the responsibility I have for alerting my loyal readers of all exciting up-and-coming things to do, see, eat, and drink at the heart of the Palm Springs Valley and beyond.
Mostly, this revolves around shining a little spotlight on a person, event, place, or product a few weeks before it lands in the desert. But sometimes, something I have my heart set on promoting is so popular that I have to give you all a much, much longer lead time.
Such is the case with the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, a self-described “celebration of writers, books, readers, and ideas” that imports some of today’s most accomplished fiction and non-fiction scribes to the desert for a three-day confab that includes writer talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, picnic lunches, and, of course, a fabulous kickoff party. The brainchild of local hero Jamie Kabler (who co-founded the event with Susan Rosser in 2014), the literary extravaganza held in years past at the Rancho Mirage Public Library and the Helene Galen Auditorium of the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences saw almost 40 authors descend upon the desert last January. They included Dave Barry (Live Right and Find Happiness), H.W. Brands (Reagan), Lee Child (Make Me), David Ebershoff (The Danish Girl), Jodi Kantor (The Obamas), Lord Dobbs (House of Cards), Scott McEwen (American Sniper), and our very own supermodel Beverly Johnson (The Face That Changed it All).
The 2017 edition of the perennially sold out affair—the Fourth Annual RMWF—will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 28 and 29. That’s a week after the presidential inauguration and a week before the Super Bowl.
While it’s still too soon to say which New York Times best-sellers, and National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize winners will be in attendance at the happening, which is subtitled “A Celebration of the Written Word,” I can tell you that each day the festival will be held at the Rancho Mirage Public Library (www.ranchomiragelibrary.org), and that each evening will be hosted by Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa (www.rancholaspalmas.com).
I can also tell you that more than one thousand attendees are expected. As such, it is my definite duty to inform you that passes go on sale at 9:00 a.m. on March 1 for $400. You can shop online at www.rmwritersfest.org or in person at the library.
Don’t miss out! And if you do, don’t tell me I didn’t warn you!