The 8th annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival has been postponed until 2023.
The festival was set to kick off on January 25, with Angel Night featuring Four-Star Navy SEAL Admiral William H. McRaven and a Q&A with Megyn Kelly. The Rancho Mirage Writers Festival Board of Directors unanimously agreed to postpone the event as COVID-19 cases continue to surge in Riverside County via the Omicron variant.
“The safety of our authors, VIP angels, readers, staff and hard-working festival partners are always our top priority. Even though the Festival had taken every precaution available to ensure only fully vaccinated individuals attended or worked the event, the recent surge and uncertainty necessitates we practice extreme caution at this time”, said festival founder, Jamie Kabler.
Kabler and his team had assembled over 70 authors and special guests for this year's event, including Dr. Madeleine Albright, Gloria Borger, Fran Lebowitz, Dr. Doris Kearns Goodwin, Walter Isaacson, Martha McCallum, Jon Meacham, Jane Pauley, Karl Rove, Salaman Rushdie, Jake Tapper, George F. Will, and Judy Woodruff.
The event was to feature over 82 sessions located at the Rancho Mirage Library and Observatory.
“Each year Jamie (Kabler) assembles an amazing line-up of the world’s top authors, commentators and presenters and produces the best writers festival in America. This event is extra special because it is hosted in our Rancho Mirage Public Library and Observatory. I personally know how much effort and passion Jamie and his executive team pour into this festival and what a hard decision this is after working so hard this past year. We stand by their decision and commend their commitment to keeping our community safe”, said Mayor of Rancho Mirage, Ted Weill.
Angel sponsorships and passes along with their corresponding benefits will be transferred to the 2023 festival which will be held on February 1-3, 2023. For more information, visit www.RMWritersFest.org