My hometown is about to get a whole lot more literate, what with the recent announcement of the First Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival, which is to take place at the Rancho Mirage Public Library from January 15 – 18, 2014. Too early to spread the good news? Mark my words: The New Year will be here in a blink! Festival co-founder Jamie Kabler (along with co-founder Susan Rosser) tells me, “our mission is to bring authors and readers together in an informal setting to facilitate an exchange of ideas and the celebration of the written word.” Twenty-five notable authors will be on hand to discuss their writings, and literature in general, with literature lovers.
Jamie and Susan are excited to grow the festival in coming years, and hope to bring it to a literary prominence on par with The Sun Valley Writers Conference in Idaho and the Hay Festival in Great Britain. Their dream is that this festival will help establish what they call “a triumvirate of the arts” in the Palm Springs Valley, shining the spotlight on the written word in the same way that the Palm Springs International Film Festival does so for movies, and the Coachella and Stagecoach Music Festivals do for music.
There are many generous sponsors of the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. That will help keep the cost of this first year’s participation fee down to a very reasonable $125 for a four-day all access pass that includes author talks, panel discussions, Q&A sessions, seminars, and even gourmet boxed lunches! The event is sure to sell out, and if it does, a waiting list will be established. There’s not a doubt that the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival will grow over the years, and it’s sure to become a great addition to the many activities and events available in our desert paradise. As a lover of all things literary—and library!—I am so excited to be attending the premiere of this premier writers festival! www.rmwritersfest.org