Avril Neale Idaho Capital Sun
BOISE – Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference on “Dialogue” is back with six new interviews from the acclaimed event.
The Idaho Capitol Sun spoke with producer and host Marcia Franklin and associate conference director Carrie Lightner about the upcoming event broadcast on Idaho Public Television.
“I’m excited about our guest list,” says Franklin, the show’s producer and host, who has been visiting the literary event since 2005. “I feel so lucky to have been able to interview writers at the conference for nearly 15 years now. It is always so difficult to determine who to interview because all the speakers are so excellent. Each brings a new vision to our common American history. I hope viewers will come away from these interviews with new perspectives.
Franklin said what sets the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference apart is that it is a “unique blend of writers and thought leaders, all sharing their expertise and perspectives in the field. beautiful setting of the Wood River Valley and the Pioneer Mountains “.
She started the series in 2005 and has conducted interviews at the event every year since then, except when the conference was on hiatus in 2007, 2013 and 2020. “This year was our 14th at the conference,” she says .
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The conversations air at 8:30 p.m. every Friday in December, with one of the interviews airing on the first Friday in January. The first three shows feature conference speakers who focused on World War II.
On December 3, Daniel James Brown, the best-selling author of “The Boys in the Boat”, talks about his latest book, “Facing the Mountain”, which pays homage to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a separate unit of Americans. of Japanese origin. who fought in WWII. However, many of their families were incarcerated in the United States simply because they were of Japanese descent.
On December 10, Tom Ikeda, who provided critical research for Brown’s book, discusses his Seattle-based nonprofit Densho, which preserves the stories of Japanese Americans during World War II. Ikeda’s parents and grandparents were jailed in the Minidoka camp in Idaho.
On December 17, Catherine Grace Katz speaks with Franklin about “The Girls of Yalta”, her first book. It highlights the contributions of Anna Roosevelt, Sarah Churchill and Kathleen Harriman to the 1945 seminal meeting of world leaders in Yalta, which included their fathers – Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Averell Harriman.
On December 24, Sarah Broom unboxes her National Book Award-winning memoir, “The Yellow House,” which chronicles the devastating effects decades of neglect and bureaucratic amnesia had on her childhood neighborhood of New Orleans. East. The book also pays homage to the home in which she and her 11 siblings grew up. It was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina but survived in Broom’s prose.
On December 31, writer and author Susan Orlean ended the month in a lively conversation with Franklin about her writing style and work, including hundreds of magazine articles, “The Library Book” and a memoir at to come.
And on January 7, novelist Tayari Jones describes the writing process of “An American Marriage.” This novel tells the story of a marriage when one of the spouses is unjustly imprisoned. Jones talks with Franklin about the various circumstances that led to the characters in the book and being informed by the experiences of his parents, both of whom were active in the civil rights movement.
Carrie Lightner is the Associate Director of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and spoke about connectivity with writers and what it takes to be in the spotlight at the conference.
“Our Literary Committee works hard throughout the year to create a program featuring diverse and engaging topics and presenters in a wide variety of genres – fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry, film, humor, music, history. and current affairs, ”she said. .
“We aim to invite a wide selection of presenters to the SVWC stage, including emerging voices and novice novelists, as well as established authors. Our mission statement says it best: “The Sun Valley Writers’ Conference strives to bring together readers, writers, and artists of diverse ages, backgrounds and backgrounds to be informed, informed, brought together. challenge and inspired by a world-class literary program in the great outdoors. ‘ “
Noting the diverse selection of subjects and authors, Lighner adds, “We are delighted to have several writers who have never been to SVWC (and) join us in 2022, including Elizabeth Kolbert, Ocean Vuong, Terry Tempest Williams, Evan Osnos and Heather McGhee. . “