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January 29–31, 2020

Writers Series

The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Foundation is committed to giving back to the community. We are proud to partner with the award-winning Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory, and all extra proceeds from the Festival go back to support programs and improvements at the Library. The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Writers Series presents a series of talks by eminent authors throughout the year. This event is free and will take place at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory.


2019 Writers Series


David Kipen

Los Angeles native David Kipen teaches full-time in the UCLA writing program. A familiar voice on public radio, he also serves as book critic for Los Angeles Magazine and critic-at-large for The Los Angeles Times.

Thursday, February 28

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Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz

Sam Schwartz, a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam,” is one of the leading transportation experts in the United States today. He served as New York City’s traffic commissioner and the New York City Department of Transportation’s chief engineer. Schwartz lives in New York City and owns a Volvo that can drive without him.

Tuesday, April 9

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Harlan Coben

An internationally bestselling author of mystery novels and thrillers, he is also the creator and executive producer of several TV shows. In his new thriller Run Away, a perfect family is shattered and a parent must face the evils of the world to save a runaway daughter.

Wednesday, April 10

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Douglas Brinkley

Brinkley is the Katherine Tsanoff Brown Chair in Humanities and Professor of History at Rice University, the CNN Presidential Historian, and a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. The Chicago Tribune dubbed him “America’s New Past Master.”

FREE EVENT

Monday, May 6 • 2:00 pm

The first 400 people at this event will receive a FREE copy of American Moonshot.

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2018 Writers Series


Andrew Morton

An English journalist and writer, Morton is known for his biographies of royal and famous figures. His latest books are Wallis in Love, about Wallis Simpson, and Meghan: A Hollywood Princess, about the new Duchess of Sussex.

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Lisa McCubbin

Award-winning journalist and the author of four New York Times best-selling books. Released September 2018, is her new book, Betty Ford: First Lady, Women’s Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer, the landmark biography of one of the most admired and influential women of our time.

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Susan Ford Bales

Daughter of President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. Since the founding of the Betty Ford Center in 1982, Susan has worked side by side with her mother on projects at the Center. Since 1981, she has served as a Trustee of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation.

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Nell Scovell

Hollywood writer, producer, and director. For over thirty years, she has worked behind the scenes on some of TV’s most iconic shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, Monk, NCIS and The Muppets.

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Annabelle Gurwitch

Actress, activist, and New York Times best-selling author. Her most recent book is Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To, a hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays.

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A.J. Finn

Author of the most widely acquired debut novel of all time and instant #1 New York Times best-seller. The Woman in the Window was the first breakout book of 2018. The book has been sold in 38 territories around the world, and Fox 2000 preempted the film rights.


2017 Writers Series


Amie Parnes

Senior White House correspondent for The Hill newspaper in Washington. Parnes is the best-selling author of HRC, the mesmerizing story of Hillary Clinton’s political rebirth, and Shattered, a look inside Hillary Clinton’s doomed campaign.

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Don Winslow

A New York Times bestselling author and recipient of multiple awards, Winslow has written twenty novels, including The Force, based on years of research inside the NYPD.

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Craig Johnson

A New York Times bestselling author of the Walt Longmire mystery novels. The series is the inspiration behind Longmire, the hit TV show that was picked up by Netflix for its sixth and final season.

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Dr. Erroll Southers

An internationally recognized expert on counterterrorism, public safety, infrastructure protection, and homeland security, he is the Director of the Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies Program at the University of Southern California.