The Fairmont Scottsdale is hosting a Season of Personal Discovery, appropriately scheduled before the holidays, and after a year of the battles of the economy, most of us need a little rejuvenation. Besides the mental health break, this is just a ridiculously fun event series to attend.

But this isn’t your average package.

Six  author weekends are each happening one-time-only, arranged by genre, and gather some of the most famous and influential authors of our time. The package includes two nights at the oh-so-luxe Fairmont Scottsdale, and discounts on spa treatments and rounds of golf at the TPC Scottsdale Stadium Course, not to mention the events with the authors:

Friday

“Meet the Authors” cocktail party

Saturday

Continental breakfast

Readings, demos and Q&A sessions

Lunch with the authors

Mix & Mingle cocktail party

Gala dinner with the authors

Sunday

Farewell continental breakfast

So. Now you are wondering which authors are coming, right? Here’s the breakdown:

Sept. 25-27 Living Your Best Life – Self Improvement Weekend
Chris Crowley, Sean Foy, Joseph C. Piscatella, Nicholas Boothman, Tom Moon and Tom Valenti
October 2-4 For the Love of Books – Book Club Weekend
Anita Diamant, Lisa See and Debra Dean
October 9-11 Ultimate Girls Getaway Weekend
Nadja Piatka, Kathy Balland, Beverley East, Linda Henley-Smith, Sandi M. Marques adn Lisa McKenzie.
October 23-25 Food & Wine for the Soul – Culinary Weekend
Michael Mina, Jamie & Bobby Deen, Michelle Bernstein, Karen MacNeil and Robin Goldstein.
November 6-8 Cloak & Dagger – Mystery Thriller Weekend
Steve Barry, Joseph Finder, Les Standiford, M.J. Rose and David Morrell
December 4-6 Literary Stew – Grande Finale
Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Scott Turow, Jacqueline Novogratz, Wendy Smith, Jessica Jackley
I’m sure you want to see more about their books, etc., so check out more details on the Fairmont Scottsdale’s website.