As the holiday season kicks off, we’re pleased to announce that tickets are now available for even more of the exciting programs we have planned in 2017. PLUS we have new headliners to announce, hot off the year-end best-of lists, promising something for everyone.
- Out of Wonder: Beloved by children, young adults, and adults alike, Kwame Alexander and Ekua Holmes will discuss their forthcoming (Feb. 2017) book, Out of Wonder, sharing stories from their careers and engaging with topics from children’s publishing and collaborative projects to the African-American experience and underrepresented readers. More details and tickets are available here.
- Economic Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz (The Great Divide: Unequal Societies and What We Can Do About Them) will speak about one of America’s greatest economic challenges: the expanding gap between the rich and the poor. Stiglitz charts a path toward real recovery and a more equal society. Frank Sesno will join Stiglitz on stage for discussion. More details and tickets are available here.
- Mental Health: Sue Klebold, author of A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy and advocate for mental health awareness, research, and suicide prevention, shares the story of her son, one of the two shooters at Columbine High School, to help other families see the signs when their children need help. More details and tickets are available here.
- The most important meal of the day… Don’t forget! Tickets are also still available for the 2017 Leadership Breakfast on Wednesday, March 22 with neurobiologist Stuart Firestein.
“Failure: Why Science is So Successful is a breath of contemplative fresh air… Firestein picks up an idea, then examines it… as in a series of easygoing chats… Discoveries arise out of failed attempts that continue to puzzle. Success requires embracing failure.”—New York Times Book Review
More headliners, hot off 2016 best-of lists!
- Friday Night Crime: Our Friday Night Crime Wave headliners are Megan Abbott, author of one of the Washington Post‘s picks for best thrillers, with Bill Beverly (Dodgers), winner of the Crime Writers’ Association’s 2016 Gold Daggerfor the best crime novel of the year, and John Hart (Redemption Road), the only author to win the Edgar for Best Novel consecutively.
- True Stories of the Jim Crow South: Two of the New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2016 nonfiction authors, Beth Macy (Truevine) and Patrick Phillips (Blood at the Root) will team up to discuss their efforts to unveil personal histories of racial terrorism in the Jim Crow South.
- Women in Science: Margot Lee Shetterly, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grantee and author of one of Publishers Weekly‘s picks for Best 2016 Nonfiction, will join Dava Sobel (The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars) in a discussion that spans concepts of gender and identity as well as social and technological innovation.
- Best Food Writing: We will also present a panel of some of the best food writers of 2016—Monica Bhide, Todd Kliman, Jason Tesauro, and Joe Yonan—speaking about their culinary experimentations and adventures, all featured in the annual Best Food Writing 2016 anthology, edited by Holly Hughes.
- Middlemarch: Finally, we are pleased to partner with Ash Lawn Opera (ALO) to host New Yorker writer Rebecca Mead and author of My Life in Middlemarch at the 2017 Festival, coinciding with ALO’s East Coast premiere of Middlemarch in Spring, a new chamber opera based on George Eliot’s novel.