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The Sonoma County Book Festival is dedicated to bringing authors and readers together in an outdoor celebration of books and literacy.

Will Sonoma County keep its Book Festival? 

The Sonoma County Book Festival has been celebrating books and authors and readers and our local community for the past 12 years each September, and it's been a glorious contribution to Sonoma County. What you may not know is that we've done it on a wing and a prayer. And at this juncture, our funds are low and our volunteers are tired. As the board of directors, we've had to ask ourselves, "Do we stop offering this incredible community celebration of books and literacy?" The answer came back as a loud, "Heck no!" The Festival and our community deserve more. In fact, we believe we can make the Festival even better for 2013. Here's the plan:

* The 2013 Book Festival on Saturday, September 21, is moving to the outdoor courtyard at the Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa  Rosa so all of the Festival offerings are in one spot (and it's a beautiful spot!). 

* We are partnering with our local independent bookseller, Copperfield’s Books, to bring an amazing line-up of nationally acclaimed authors while still showcasing our wonderful local authors. 

* We’ll continue to provide presentations, workshops, and a slew of children’s activities in an all-day event that you won’t want to miss and that will remain absolutely FREE. 

What do we need? Funding for an executive director who will coordinate all the good things you expect from the festival and help execute our big plans. Currently, we are running on the graces of our board of directors, all volunteers committed to the Festival who are hoping Kickstarter will save the day. 

Here's the idea. Let’s own our literary tradition here in Sonoma County. Let’s commit to a better Book Festival where books and authors are celebrated and entry is free to all. Your donation makes that happen. This is one of those instances where you personally benefit from your contribution, AND the whole community benefits as well. We have 30 days to decide, will Sonoma County keep its Book Festival? We ask you to Love your Fest and make a contribution. 

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With funding, the Book Festival will be an expression of the community that funds it. But beyond funding, this community is needed to make the Festival all it can be. Festivals are not the work of one person. Our executive director will join with our Board of Directors to rally volunteers and the enthusiastic support of organizations and businesses. Given that the Festival is in September, just four months away, we have our work cut out for us. We believe it can be done! Please join us.


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    THE SHORT STORY - At this level, you're saying "I love the Book Festival, make it happen!" And we'll send you a super secret email with the featured and nationally acclaimed authors and event programming for this year's festival at least one week in advance of posting it on the website.

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    THE NOVELLA - At this level, we'll send you our super secret email (see above), as well as a tote bag perfect for your books and emblazoned with LOVE YOUR FEST. It will be waiting for you at this year's Book Festival, September 21.

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    THE NOVEL - Receive all of the above, plus a signed copy of a book from the author of your choice from some of the incredible new titles to be released this fall season. You can choose from the new novels from authors such as Margaret Atwood, Ian McEwan, Louise Erdrich or Michael Chabon for instance. Pick this pledge amount and we'll send you a list to choose from. Yes, you'll pick up your signed copy at the Book Festival!

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    THE TOME - Receive all of the above, the secret email, the book tote, the autographed copy of a new book from your favorite author PLUS a private signing event with one of the nationally acclaimed authors appearing at the Festival prior to their scheduled appearance on the Festival Main Stage. We'll notify you about which author as soon as he or she is booked.

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    THE COMPLETE COLLECTION - We're offering this level, because we know someone believes this strongly about having the Book Festival in our county. What do you get? Our undying gratitude, all of the benefits described above, PLUS mention in our ads, program, and promotional pieces as a Festival sponsor.

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    THE PERSONAL LIBRARY - Benefactors at this level will have the satisfaction of knowing the Festival is happening, that the community need for books and literature will be fulfilled. PLUS we'll give you everything that appears above, the secret emails, the book tote, the signed edition book of one of your favorite authors, an opportunity for a private signing session with a nationally acclaimed author at the Festival, plus mention everywhere that you saved the day (ads, flyers, etc) plus your name on a thank you banner on the main stage.

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