“Bumblebees are important because they pollinate things we really like to eat.” -Dave Goulson [Photo Credit: Lisa Bell]

A Sting in the Tale – The Wonder of Bumblebees

By Jules Marie, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Bee charmer Dave Goulson is zealous about educating everyone about the decline of bees, particularly bumblebees. “Bees are in trouble because of what we’ve done to them and we all need to do something to help ensure their survival. We need to look after all life on Earth,” he says. Goulson founded the Bumblebee Conservation Trust—a charity devoted to reversing bumblebee declines—and authored A Sting in the Tale and A Buzz in the Meadow. ...
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“We live in a world where constructive conversation is next to impossible." -Andrew Lam [Photo Credit: Will Hauge]

Democracy and the Game of Thrones

By Kaity Hauge-Aldridge, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger In his opening statement on Saturday afternoon’s panel on the American political climate, writer Andrew Lam described the ridiculousness of being forced to un-friend people on Facebook. Our massively polarized political climate has created a digital echo chamber, where individuals loudly espouse unfiltered opinions, reject contradictory arguments, and filter information input based upon preconceived notions and opinions. In the face of ...
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Left to right: Ruchira Gupta in conversation with Michael Patrick MacDonald and Jovan Mays [Photo Credit: Barbara Scarpella Reed]

Guns and Roses – Where Have all the Roses Gone?

By Jules Marie, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Michael Patrick MacDonald lost four of his 11 siblings to guns, crime or poverty. His brother was falsely accused of a gun crime, his mother was shot (and survived) as she was standing in the kitchen washing dishes. MacDonald faced a crisis in his young life: To be suicidal or homicidal? Would he take his own or someone else’s life, or do something about the guns and crime that had become a ‘normal’ part of his childhood? “In 1990, America...
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The writers didn’t feel their Native American identity was the most central theme to their writing. The gifts of their heritage are many and so are the stereotyped expectations [Photo Credit: Lisa Bell]

Native American Writers or Writers Who Happen to be Native American?

By Annika Paradise, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger “Claiming ‘Creek’ identity is something that comes from the outside.  I am just a writer,” explained poet Jennifer Forester.  Two poets and a novelist shared their experiences, their writing processes, dispelled myths, and finally read their work to a packed room at the Steps of the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder.  Although being labeled a “Native American writer” moves your book from the poetry shelf at Barnes and Noble to ...
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Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck and Carrie Morgridge have both used their positions of influence to change their worlds through philanthropy [Photo Credit: Atreyee Bhattacharya]

Run Through Every Door Opened to You

by Annika Paradise, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger From surface appearances, Her Majesty the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck, and California girl, Carrie Morgridge, couldn’t be more different.  Yet Her Majesty in a brilliant orange traditional Bhutanese dress, held hands with the eloquent powerhouse wearing a tailored white jacket, while sharing knowing smiles of similarity at the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder.  Both were not college-educated, married into positions of ...
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Technology is here to stay; we can’t go back. But we can be more aware of how we use technology as well as understanding the many ways technology uses us [Photo Credit: Will Hauge]

Technology: What Are We Clicking For?

By Debra Nicholson, Official Blogger for Jaipur Literature Festival/Boulder Are we controlling technology or is technology controlling us? Nicholas Carr, author of numerous books on the personal and cultural consequences of technology, and Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist for Brand Marketing at Google, discussed this question at the panel entitled, “Brave New World: The Digital Future,” at the Jaipur Literature Festival at Boulder. Users may think they retrieve neutral information fro...
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William Dalrymple and Suketu Mehta entertained their audience with stories of researching and writing their respective books on the cities of Delhi and Mumbai [Photo Credit: Debra Nicholson]

Writing Cities, Writing Secrets

By Debra Nicholson, Official JLF@Boulder Blogger Writing about a city and travel writing are two different genres. The genre of travel writing dates back hundreds of years, with Italian, Japanese, and Arab wanderers telling their tales, to name a few. To write about a city requires finding a way to capture a city’s unique elements while staying in place. William Dalrymple and Suketu Mehta entertained their audience with stories of researching and writing their books on cities in Boulder Libra...
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