Great Books Council of San Francisco

Banned Books in the Wine Country

Since 2009 we've gathered annually for a one-day mini-retreat at the Calistoga Spa Hot Springs in the wine country. Calistoga is a lovely small town at the northern end of the Napa Valley, at the foot of Mt. St. Helena. There are many excellent restaurants and delis in town, but no fast food -- it's against the law! For those who wish to extend their wine country stay, we'll send a list of local accommodations when we accept your registration.

Each year, the Wine Country Mini-Retreat examines a banned book. In the morning we start with a book discussion, and then after lunch we view and discuss a film adaptation. 

Our next mini-retreat in the Wine Country will be in October 2019. Please check back later on this site for the exact date, the book we'll discuss, and information on how to register.

In recent years at the Wine Country Mini-Retreat, we've enjoyed discussions of the book and film versions of Animal Farm, Native SonLord of the Flies, All Quiet on the Western Front, Othello, and The Man Who Would be King.

For more information about the event, please contact coordinator Sheri Kindsvater at 916-852-0615 or

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