Writing Toward a Sustainable Community
The Power of Words and the New America:
George Packer on The Unwinding
Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference and Stanford Continuing Education invite you to a colloquium at Napa Valley College featuring George Packer, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for his best selling book, The Unwinding: an Inner History of the New America.
The Unwinding documents how seismic shifts have created a nation of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift to find new paths forward. The New York Times hailed The Unwinding as “Steinbeckian in the best sense of that term … Packer has written something close to a nonfiction masterpiece.”
The morning of dialogue and discovery in the Performing Arts Center at Napa Valley College begins with coffee and pastries from local purveyors. Following a presentation by Packer, the discussion will open to include the audience and a panel of community leaders who are addressing the challenges outlined in The Unwinding.
Optional lunch featuring locally-sourced food and wines from Saintsbury will be served in the Center’s soaring atrium, affording further opportunity for interaction. Copies of The Unwinding will be available for purchase and signing.
Registration for the event is now open, with limited seating available. We’re offering two levels of participation:
|Morning Lecture & Panel Only: $40
Admission to Packer’s presentation and the panel discussion, with morning coffee and pastry beforehand.
|Full Colloquium: $85
A full ticket to include the morning colloquium, morning coffee and pastry, and lunch with our speakers.
|PLEASE NOTE: The all-day Symposium with afternoon and evening events has been cancelled.
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As the colloquium begins early, we recommend that participants spend Friday night in Napa to ensure prompt arrival. Through our event partner, DoNapa, three downtown Napa properties are offering exclusive packages for symposium attendees.
Writing Toward a Sustainable Community is presented by The Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, a program of Napa Valley College, in cooperation with Stanford Continuing Studies and with support from Do Napa (the Napa Tourism Improvement District).