On January 28th and 29th, some 70 best-selling authors, moderators, and special guests—not to mention approximately 1,200 readers!—will converge at the Rancho Mirage Public Library to take part in 76 events at the Fourth Annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. I realize that—since passes to this incredibly popular event sold out within hours in March of last year—many of my dear readers will be unable to participate this year. So, words to the wise: Be sure to follow www.rmwritersfest.org in February so as to be sure to nab passes for the 2018 edition!

Since its inception in 2014, the RMWF has become the largest writers festival at a public library in the nation (if not the world), and has seen its revenue grow from $90,000 to $1.2 million. In addition to the U.S., countries such as Canada, the U.K., Australia, and France will be represented. Just some of the best-selling scribes appearing will include Senator Barbara Boxer (“The Art of Tough”), actor Robert Wagner (“I Loved Her in the Movies”), presidential granddaughter Susan Eisenhower (“Mrs. Ike”), Steve Jobs physician Dr. David Agus (“The Lucky Years”), and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan (“I’ll Give You Something to Cry About”).

Just some of the panels offered will include “Women and Fiction,” “Make America Safe Again,” and “TV is Better Than Movies.”

And one more recent development sure to make this event even more of a must: According to the Festival’s website, “C-SPAN, the cable and satellite television network, will be filming sessions at the 2017 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival. The sessions from Saturday and Sunday will be aired on February 4th and 5th. The Festival is also featured on the C-SPAN website, in their curated list of Book Fairs. With the generous support of our Angels and partners, the enthusiasm of our readers, and the dedication of our staff, we have created a Festival truly worthy of national attention. We thank you for helping to make the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival “The Best Writers Festival in the Universe.”

In all honesty, I couldn’t have said it better myself. Long live the art of writing, reading, and talking about books!

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