Literary Events

Literary Events2019-07-07T18:22:57+00:00

During the conference week, book-lovers and writers in the Napa Valley and North San Francisco Bay Area have a wonderful opportunity to hear daily readings and lectures by world-class authors of poetry and fiction.

2019 Public Lectures and Readings

An all-access pass granting admission to all five readings and nine lectures may be purchased at the door for $275.

Evening Readings

Admission to evening readings is $20 apiece, payable at the door, and includes a wine reception prior to the presentation. Students with ID are admitted for free, as are community housing hosts and conference participants.

Sunday, July 28 – Major Jackson and Ryan Harty
Reception at 7 p.m., reading at 7:30 p.m.
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Monday, July 29 – Jane Hirshfield and Lan Samantha Chang
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Clos Pegase Winery, Calistoga | Map

Tuesday, July 30 – Eavan Boland and Julie Orringer
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Robert Mondavi Winery, Oakville | Map

Wednesday, July 31 – Forrest Gander and Mitchell S. Jackson
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Solage, Calistoga | Map

Thursday, August 1 – Howard Norman; Student Participant Reading
Reception at 6 p.m., reading at 6:30 p.m.
Upper Valley Campus, Napa Valley College, St. Helena | Map

Pre-Reading Discussions with Caroline Goodwin

We’re delighted to partner with the Saint Helena Public Library for the third year to co-host a free offering for the community. Bay Area poet Caroline Goodwin will lead a literary conversation about the poet and fiction writer who share the stage at that evening’s reading.

Monday, July 29 – Wednesday, July 31 | Free admission
St. Helena Public Library, 1492 Library Lane, Saint Helena |  Map

Visit the St. Helena Library Web site for full details.

Craft Lectures

All lectures are held at the Upper Valley Campus of Napa Valley College in St. Helena (view map). Admission costs $25 per lecture, $100 for five lectures, or $200 for all nine lectures, payable at the door. Students with valid ID are admitted for $15 per lecture. Conference participants and community housing hosts are admitted for free.

Monday, July 29

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Eavan Boland – “From Object to Author”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Mitchell S. Jackson – “Voice as Composition”
  • 3 p.m.: Translation – Howard Norman – “Homesickness Guides the Plovers: Letters to/from W. S. Merwin–an Epistolary Biography of a 46-year Friendship”

Tuesday, July 30

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Forrest Gander  – “Documentary Poetics, the Long Poem, and CD Wright”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Ryan Harty – “The Hook: How to Engage Your Readers and Keep Them on the Line”

Wednesday, July 31

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Major Jackson – “Once More, With Feeling: Writing Poems of Passion”
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Lan Samantha Chang – “Thoughts on Novels and the Novel Process”

Thursday, August 1

  • 9 a.m.: Poetry – Jane Hirshfield – TBA
  • 1:30 p.m.: Fiction – Julie Orringer – “The Crossroads of Circumstance: Why Setting Matters”

You may also peruse our list of past readings, lectures, and speakers.