Book Fair Line Up

Dear Reader,
Tomorrow’s the day. And it’s going to be a very special day of storytelling, conversations and camaraderie between readers and writers.
I am thrilled to list this group of writers, speakers and book fair participants who will be at the Napa Valley Book Fest.

J.M. Barry, author of What’s in the Basement?

Kelly E. Carter
, award-winning journalist and author of Come to Win with Venus Williams, and The Dog Lover’s Guide to Travel, a National Geographic book

Ingrid Rojas Contreras
, author of Fruit of the Drunken Tree. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of BooksElectric LiteratureGuernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She is the book columnist for KQED, the Bay Area's NPR affiliate and currently writing to immigrant high school students as part of a San Francisco Arts Commission initiative bringing artists into public schools.

Copperfield’s Books
, Northern California bookstores with locations throughout the wine country. Host of author readings and other reader and writer events.

Nicole Gulotta
, author of Eat this Poem and the website of the same name as well as the Literary City Guides. Her work has been praised by Saveur, Los Angeles Times, Kinfolk and many more.

Lydia Kiesling
, author of The Golden State. She is the editor of The Millions and her writing has appeared at outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker online, The Guardian, and Slate.

Kimberley Lovato
, journalist and co-author of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die. Her articles have appeared in print and online media including National Geographic Traveler, Virtuoso Life, Private Clubs, Rob Report, American Express Essentiels, Southwest: The Magazine, American Way, Delta Sky,, and many more

Lisa Mattson
, author of The Exes in my Glass  (All proceeds from her book sales will be donated to Sonoma Family Meal). Named “one of the top story-tellers in the wine world today” by Vintology and Innovator of the Year by Diaz Communications, Mattson has been quoted in Wall Street JournalWine EnthusiastWine Business MonthlyWines & VinesVineyard & Winery ManagementPress DemocratNorth Bay Business Journal and more.

Napa Bookmine
, Napa book seller with two locations, including Oxbow Public Market and on Pearl Street. Host of a monthly book club, author readings and a multitude of other special events, including its 5th anniversary celebration with author Rebecca Solnit on October 9.

Norma Quintana
, photographer of Forage from Fire collection. Norma's documentary project, Circus: A Traveling Life was published as a monograph by Damiani Editore. After surviving the devastating Atlas Peak wildfire in October 2017, she began the Forage From Fire series, featured in an a current exhibition at SF Camerawork.

Rancho Gordo Press
and Steve Sando, publisher of Supper at Rancho Gordon and Cassoulet, a French Obsession, and others (BTW we’ll be serving RG popcorn!) Rancho Gordo is the premier purveyor of heirloom beans in the United States. Founder Steve Sando has been profiled and praised in every magazine and newspaper in the country, including a recent profile in the New Yorker.
Kelsey Reynolds
, Napa Bookmine clerk-extraordinaire and devoted reader. Kelsey is an authority on current releases and is adept at guiding readers to books they will love.

Jill Robinson
, travel journalist and co-author of 100 Things to Do in San Francisco Before You Die. Jill's essays have been featured in Travelers’ Tales The Best Travel Writing and The Best Women’s Travel Writing books. Her articles have been featured in the San Francisco ChronicleHouston ChronicleSeattle Post-IntelligencerSan Antonio Express-NewsAFARNational Geographic TravelerTravel + Leisure, OutsideRobb ReportSunsetSaturday Evening PostIslandsCoastal LivingEvery Day With Rachael Ray,  Men’s FitnessSan Francisco magazine, Food & WineWine Enthusiast,  AARP, Delta SkyThrillistFrommer’sLonely Planet, and many more.

Sarah Scott
, Chef and writer, author of The Wild Table. Sarah Scott won the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow Award at Henry Grady High School in Atlanta, Georgia, a preview of what would follow: working beside some of the world's most acclaimed chefs, including Julia Child, Jeremiah Tower, Marion Cunningham, Michel Richard, Thomas Keller, Jacques Pepin, Alice Waters, Daniel Boulud and many more. 

Robin Sloan
, author Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore and Sourdough. He has produced an assortment of short stories and odd-shaped internet projects. His 2009 novella Annabel Scheme was an early Kickstarter success and still claims a special place in his heart. He is also the co-producer of Fat Gold Olive Oil.

Craig Smith
, author of Lies that Bind. Craig writes the business column Downtown Talk for the Napa Valley Register and is the executive director of the Downtown Napa Association.

Saturday, October 6, 2018. Book Fair is free. Authors in conversation is $7.50. Tickets are required.

See you there!

Lori Narlock