Public lectures & readings

Outdoor reading at the Napa Valley Writers' ConferenceThe conference offers book-lovers and writers in the Napa Valley and North San Francisco Bay Area a wonderful opportunity to hear readings and lectures by world-class authors of poetry and fiction.

The lineup of readings and lectures for the 2016 conference is as follows:

Evening Readings

Readings start with a wine reception at 7 p.m. The evening’s program will begin at 7:30.

The cost is $15 per person, payable by cash or check at the door. Admission is free for students with a valid ID, as well as for conference attendees, community housing hosts, and donors.

Sunday, July 24 – Major Jackson and Yiyun Li
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Monday, July 25 – Brian Teare and Lan Samantha Chang
Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Tuesday, July 26 – Brenda Hillman and Charles Baxter
Merryvale Vineyards, St. Helena | Map

Wednesday, July 27 – Camille Dungy and Ron Carlson
Domaine Chandon, Yountville | Map

Craft Lectures

The cost is $25 per lecture, four lectures for $90, or all eight lectures for $175. Admission is $15 per lecture for students with a valid ID, and is free for conference attendees, community housing hosts, and donors.

All lectures are held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena (view map).

Monday, July 25

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Brenda Hillman: “Some Live Things Poetry Can Do: (Remembering C.D. Wright)”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Ron Carlson: “My Favorite Sentence in all of Hemingway…and in all of Annie Proulx … Among Other Notes on Craft

Tuesday, July 26

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Camille Dungy: “Art for Life’s Sake: On the Necessity of Politically-Engaged Poetry”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Yiyun Li: “Tolstoy’s Thousand Eyes: What We Can Learn from War and Peace

Wednesday, July 27

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Major Jackson: “The Invisible Architecture of Poetry”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lan Samantha Chang: “The Importance of the Inner Life”

Thursday, July 28

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Brian Teare: “A Song in the Theater of Reason: Lyric Thinking”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Charles Baxter: “Notes on the Dramatic Image”

Past readings and lectures

2015
Jane Hirshfield, D.A. Powell, Arthur Sze, Mary Szybist, Robert Boswell, Lan Samantha Chang, Michelle Huneven, Antonya Nelson

2014
Kazim Ali, Camille Dungy, Brenda Hillman, Brian Teare, Michael Byers, Lan Samantha Chang, Ayana Mathis, Justin Torres

2013
Camille Dungy, Linda Gregerson, Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, Lan Samantha Chang, Peter Ho Davies, Yiyun Li, Christopher Tilghman

2012
Eavan Boland, Forrest Gander, Brenda Hillman, Arthur Sze, Kevin Brockmeier, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Tayari Jones

2011
Jane Hirshfield, Major Jackson, D. A. Powell, David St. John, Daniel Alarcón, Lan Samantha Chang, Adam Haslett, Michelle Huneven

2010
Michael Byers, Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Curtis Sittenfeld, Brenda Hillman, Major Jackson, Arthur Sze, C.D. Wright

2009
Elizabeth Alexander, Carl Dennis, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell, Peter Ho Davies, Antonya Nelson, ZZ Packer

2008
Ron Carlson, Lan Samantha Chang, Ehud Havazalet, Ann Packer, Mark Doty, Nick Flynn, Brenda Hillman, Claudia Rankine, Paul Lisicky

2007
Dan Chaon, Laura Kasischke, Antonya Nelson, Christopher Tilghman, Elizabeth Alexander, Stephen Dunn, Jane Hirshfield, David St. John, Robert Boswell