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. ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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 ...Read More
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 ...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More