The 2013 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is scheduled for August 23-26 this summer. The list of scheduled speakers has been posted, with details about their achievements and writings. This year’s lineup is lead by journalist and writer Katherine Boo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity. The book earned the 2012 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Speakers include familiar faces from past conferences with new works: Strobe Talbott has Fast Forward: Ethics and politics in the age of global warming and poet Billy Collins recently released Horoscopes for the Dead. Simon Winchester has released three books in the last year and a half, now one the shelves of the Community Library, including Skulls : an exploration of Alan Dudley’s curious collection.
Many other award winning writers are speaking at the conference, and many of their books can be checked out and enjoyed by interested readers, even if they can’t make the summer event. We have explorer, ethnographer and filmmaker Wade Davis’ 2011 book Into the Silence (and more books on order.) Other filmmakers involved with the 2013 conference include Jacob Rosenberg (Waiting for Lightning, Avatar), Howard Gordon (Homeland and Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Alex Gansa (Homeland and 24).
New to the Writers’ Conference website this year: Anne Taylor Fleming is posting individual interviews with the 2013 speakers, asking about their own favorite books, authors, and reading habits. The first interview is with Strobe Talbott, who favors John LeCarre’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Talbott’s most intriguing recent reads include Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie and The Orphan Master’s Son by Adam Johnson.
For those unable to attend the conference, multivarious works by the talented authors are available @ The Community Library! We also have audio CDs of the Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference speeches over the last years in our audiobook collection. If you are interested in a book, audio CD or DVD that is not in our collection, we can borrow items from libraries all over the country through our Interlibrary Loan program. We also closely track acquisition requests for new books. Let us know what captures your interest for your next read. Finding is our business.