Author and screenplay writer Rex Pickett will be the featured guest and presenter at BLEND, a reception and wine event April 18th, 5:30 p.m. in the Yakima Convention Center hosted by the Yakima Valley Visitors & Convention Bureau.
Pickett has written many screenplays for both film and television. He wrote the novel Sideways, which was made into the famous Oscar-winning film of the same title by Alexander Payne. In 2011 he wrote and independently published his Sideways sequel Vertical. It won the prestigious Gold Medal for Fiction from the Independent Publishers Book Awards last year.
Rex has now has turned Sideways into a critically-acclaimed play. After a successful six month run in Santa Monica, “Sideways” the play will now go to the La Jolla Playhouse where it will be prepped for its Broadway run. Rex is currently the wine columnist for Town & Country Magazine and is writing a pilot for HBO titled The Nose. He also blogs for Huffington Post Books. Inklings Bookshop will have copies of Mr. Pickett’s books available for purchase and autographs after his talk.
BLEND is open to the public and includes the opportunity to meet and hear Mr. Pickett, enjoy wine by Yakima Valley wineries plus sumptuous appetizers and more. Cost is $25 per person. To reserve call 509-575-3010 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Online tickets are available here (small transaction fee applies).
Participating wineries include Two Mountain Winery, Kana Winery, Milbrandt Vineyards, Gilbert Cellars, Airfield Estates, Sleeping Dog Wines, Treveri Cellars sparkling wine, Knight Hill Winery, Kestrel Vintners & Cultura Wine.
Sponsors to date include the Holiday Inn and Oxford Inn and Suites of Yakima. Riedel stemware sponsored by Paul Berndt, Prudential Almon Realty
- Airfield Estates Winery
- Cultura Wines
- Gilbert Cellars
- Kana Winery
- Kestrel Vintners
- Knight Hill Winery
- Milbrandt Vineyards
- Sleeping Dog Wines
- Treveri Cellars
- Two Mountain Winery