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Past Wine and Words Authors

Our debut year of Wine and Words in 2013 was one that set the bar high.  With the incredible line up of authors like William Kent Krueger, Sandra Brannan, Sarah Pekkanen, Wendy Webb and our Awesome MC, Lorna Landvik we jumped in.  Our goal was 100 guests at this first year event and we closed it at 180.  The amazing guests and author mix were above and beyond our expectations. 

2014 brought another amazing line up with:  Barbara Claypole White, Randy Sue Meyer, Nicole Helget, Benjamin Percy and Catherine McKenzie with our MC Lorna Landvik.  We sold out our venue with 220 guests and began looking for a larger venue to host 2015.

2015 brought us to Grandview Lodge where we could have 400 attendees.  Our line up consisted of:  William Kent Krueger, Nadia Hashimi, Peter Geye, Erica Spindler, and Kathleen Mccleary.  For the thirds year we were once again thrilled to have Lorna Landvik as our MC, and for our third year - we sold out again.

2016 we were once again at Grandview Lodge, this time with:  Joshilyn Jackson, Brian Freeman, Helen Klein Ross,  Allen Eskens, and Gerry Schmidt/ AKA Laura Childs.  Lorna Landvik #EventGlue was our MC.  We had another sold out event.  

2017 at Grandview Lodge:  Kao Kalia Yang, Peter Geye, Wendy Web, Edward Mccleland, Abyy Fabiaschi and Lorna Landvik were our line up.  Again, a sold out event, now within weeks of tickets going live.

2018 brought a game changer.  We changed our event to two days- a dinner and a brunch the next afternoon to accommodate all who wish to attend.  Our dinner sold out within 9 days and the brunch had 200 people.  Crazy to think the brunch brought in more people as a luncheon than out first year event had.  Our amazing line up was:  Heather Gudenkauf, Matt Goldman, J Courtney Sullivan, William Kent Krueger and Liam Callanan along with the incredible Lorna Landvik, back for her 6th year as our MC.