Address by Namita Gokhale, William Dalrymple, and Sanjoy K. Roy
Friday - 3:00 pm-4:00 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Simon Winchester in conversation with William Dalrymple
Friday - 4:15 pm-5:15 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
The making of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), under the editorship of James Murray and others, was a monumental 50-year task requiring thousands of volunteers. In his book, The Meaning of Everything: The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary, British-American author and journalist Simon Winchester, tells the story of the OED and its early editors. Winchester’s popular book, The Surgeon of Crowthorne, also told the odd story of the murderer who contributed extensively from his prison cell. In conversation with William Dalrymple, Winchester gives a fascinating account of the creation of the greatest monument ever erected to a living language.
Kathy Reichs in conversation with Arsen Kashkashian
Friday - 5:30 pm-6:30 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Creator of the popular series Bones, Kathy Reichs is also a senior academic and forensic anthropologist. ‘Fastidiously conscientious about getting the science right’, she balances her passion for forensic anthropology with her dedication to writing, bringing deep layers of understanding and real life science to the investigation and exhumation of criminal mysteries. In an insightful session with Arsen Kashkashian, she speaks of her writing, popular science and communication, crime and punishment, gender and equity.
Saturday - 10:00 am-10:30 amCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Molly Crabapple and Shahzia Sikander in conversation with William Dalrymple
Saturday - 10:45 am-11:45 amSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
Molly Crabapple and Shahzia Sikander have spent much of their careers examining the worlds of Islam through the prism of their art. Here they discuss art, politics, and their very different careers and artistic visions with William Dalrymple.
Arun Maira in conversation with Maeve Conran
Saturday - 10:45 am-11:45 amCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Social media tends to polarize democracy rather than expand it, and people seem to not be listening to each other anymore. Can digital technology, which has become a forum for cynical social manipulation and limitless rage, deliver a neutral medium? How can the toxic effects of negative emotional contagion be healed? In this crucial session on the power of listening in private and public discourse, economist Arun Maira, author of Listening for Well-Being: Conversations with People Not Like Us, will discuss the power of listening with Maeve Conran.
Laura Pritchett in conversation with Teow Lim Goh
Saturday - 10:45 am-11:45 amSteps, Boulder Public Library
Laura Pritchett speaks of her latest book, The Blue Hour, which won the 2018 Colorado Book Award in Literary Fiction, and of her love for the mountains and the people that call them home. In conversation with fellow writer Teow Lim Goh she speaks of the characters and community that she brings to life with such skill and empathy.
Saturday - 10:45 am-11:45 amBrook, Boulder Public Library
Families celebrate world cultures through books, music and play in this interactive storytime for all ages.
Wade Davis in conversation with Broughton Coburn
Saturday - 12:00 pm-1:00 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
Named by the National Geographical Society as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, Wade Davis an anthropologist, ethnobotanist, author, and photographer, has spent a lifetime focusing on worldwide indigenous cultures. In conversation with travel writer, academic, and conservationist Broughton Coburn, he speaks of the intense pleasures of travel, the delights of ethnographic research, and his studies of cultures at the far edge of the world. Presented by Shambhala Publications Writer Wade Davis' participation at ZEE JLF at Boulder is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Denver
Chigozie Obioma in conversation with Aruni Kashyap
Saturday - 12:00 pm-1:00 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Chigozie Obioma, a Nigerian writer of Igbo descent, speaks of his work with Indian writer and academic Aruni Kashyap. He explores the landscape of his fiction, including his first novel The Fishermen, and his highly anticipated second novel, An Orchestra of Minorities.
Jeff Goodell and Mark Serreze in conversation with Marcus Moench
Saturday - 12:00 pm-1:00 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Writer and journalist Jeff Goodell is the author of The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. Geographer Mark Serreze is the author of Brave New Arctic: The Untold Story of the Melting North, a gripping scientific adventure story that highlights the Arctic's extraordinary transformation as a harbinger of things to come and the challenge posed by a warming planet. In conversation with author Marcus Moench, who founded the Institution for Social and Environmental Transition-International, they discuss the rising of the waters and the looming impact of climate change.
Saturday - 12:00 pm-1:00 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
In this workshop we will be using beautiful papers, a vast array of images collected from vintage books, magazines, and printed words to compose collage art that tells your own unique story. Every participant will leave the workshop with their magnificent creations. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. Ages 6-18 years
John Freeman and Anne Waldman in conversation
Saturday - 1:00 pm-1:30 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
What are the sources, inspirations, contexts, and philosophy of the poetic imagination? John Freeman and Anne Waldman read from their works and speak to each other on the subject. John Freeman is a writer, poet and former president of the National Book Critics Circle. Poet, writer, performer, editor and activist Anne Waldman is an iconic member of the Outrider experimental poetry community.
Susan Murphy in conversation with Philip Lutgendorf
Saturday - 1:00 pm-1:30 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Susan Murphy talks about the toppled world of Sudha Johorey, the wife of an Indian diplomat who has given us eyewitness accounts on the turbulent transitions in the political and spiritual life of Tibet and Afghanistan.
Maya Jasanoff in conversation with William Dalrymple
Saturday - 1:30 pm-2:30 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
A visionary exploration of the life and times of Joseph Conrad, his turbulent age of globalization and our own, from one of the most exciting young historians writing today, Maya Jasanoff, Coolidge Professor of History at Harvard. Migration, terrorism, the tensions between global capitalism and nationalism, and a communications revolution: these forces shaped Conrad’s destiny at the dawn of the 20th century. His life story delivers a history of globalization from the inside out and reflects powerfully on the aspirations and challenges of the modern world.
Broughton Coburn, Dorje Dolma, Sujeev Shakya, and Wade Davis in conversation with Nikko Odiseos. Introduced by Namita Gokhale.
Saturday - 1:30 pm-2:30 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
The Himalayas, the youngest and tallest mountains in the world, share an interconnected geography, culture, and identity. From the unique perspective of climbers, travelers, anthropologists, writers, and Himalayan citizens, Broughton Coburn, Dorje Dolma, Sujeev Shakya, and Wade Davis in conversation with Nikko Odiseos discuss the geopolitical jigsaws of the region, the similarities within the differences of the trans-Himalayan belt, East of Southeast. Presented by Shambhala Publications Writer Wade Davis' participation at ZEE JLF at Boulder is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Denver
Amitava Kumar in conversation with Suketu Mehta
Saturday - 1:30 pm-2:30 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Amitava Kumar’s new book, Immigrant, Montana, is part novel, part memoir. In conversation with Suketu Mehta, Kumar speaks of the varieties and vagaries of cultural misunderstanding through the eyes of a young Indian immigrant to the United States.
Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Youth Ensemble
Saturday - 1:30 pm-2:30 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
Join us on a journey to explore cultural stories through movement. Workshop will include performance, interactive storytelling, and dance. This workshop will be geared towards K-2nd grade students and their families. All are welcome. Ages 5+
John Freeman in conversation with Amitava Kumar, Chika Unigwe, Kiran Desai, and Preti Taneja
Saturday - 2:45 pm-3:45 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
For the last 15 years, whenever a novel was published, John Freeman was there to greet it. As a critic for more than 200 newspapers worldwide, the one-time president of the National Book Critics Circle, and the former editor of Granta, he has reviewed thousands of books and interviewed scores of writers. In this illuminating session, Freeman speaks to writers on the craft of writing and the art of reading.
Priyamvada Natarajan introduced by Namita Gokhale
Saturday - 2:45 pm-3:45 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Theoretical astrophysicist Priyamvada Natarajan is noted for her work in mapping dark matter, dark energy, and black holes. She is the author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos. Introduced by Namita Gokhale, she leads us on a tour of the “greatest hits” of cosmological discoveries over the past century.
Margo Jefferson and Sharmila Sen in conversation with Philip Lutgendorf
Saturday - 2:45 pm-3:45 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Sharmila Sen is the author of Not Quite Not White, a first-generation immigrant’s exploration of race and assimilation in the United States. Margo Jefferson is the author of Negroland, a landmark work on privilege, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America. In conversation with Philip Lutgendorf, they take us on an American journey into the heart of not-whiteness and speak of why whiteness retains the magic cloak of invisibility while other colors are made hypervisible.
Saturday - 2:45 pm-3:45 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
Nepali writer, entrepreneur, and strategic thinker Sujeev Shakya leads us to connect body, mind, and soul through the life learnings of Buddha. Ages 15+years
Margo Jefferson in conversation with Maeve Conran
Saturday - 4:00 pm-5:00 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
Michael Jackson was once universally acclaimed as a song-and-dance man of genius. But Wacko Jacko is now, more often than not, dismissed for his bizarre race and gender transformations and confounding antics. Who was the elusive Michael Jackson? What do P. T. Barnum, Peter Pan, and Edgar Allan Poe have to do with our fascination with him? Margo Jefferson gives us the incontrovertible lowdown on call-him-what-you-wish, offering up a powerful reckoning with a quintessential, richly allusive signifier of American society and popular culture.
Maya Jasanoff, Ruby Lal, Simon Winchester, and Wade Davis in conversation with William Dalrymple
Saturday - 4:00 pm-5:00 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
How do you research and write someone else’s life and pin that life to the page? Biographers of figures as diverse as Nur Jahan, Joseph Conrad, George Mallory, Joseph Needham and W.C. Minor discuss techniques and obsessions with William Dalrymple. Writer Wade Davis' participation at ZEE JLF at Boulder is sponsored by the Consulate General of Canada in Denver
Anne Waldman in conversation with Preti Taneja
Saturday - 4:00 pm-5:00 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Writer, performer, collaborator, professor, editor, scholar, and cultural/political activist Anne Waldman reads from her new book, Trickster Feminisim, an edgy, visionary collection that meditates on gender, existence, passion, and activism, and discusses her life and work in the context of today’s political and cultural climate.
Kanika Agarwal, Crisosto Apache, Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, Ellen Korman Mains, Kika Dorsey, Radha Marcum, Marj Hahne, Matt Clifford
Saturday - 4:00 pm-6:15 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o in conversation with Maya Jasanoff
Saturday - 5:15 pm-6:15 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
“To starve or kill a language is to starve or kill a people’s memory bank.” Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o is a Kenyan writer formally working in English, and now writing in Gikuyu. In conversation with historian Maya Jasanoff, he speaks of his groundbreaking work on language and its role in national culture, history, and identity. Presented by Naropa University
Brian Aivars Catlos in conversation with Aun Hasan Ali
Saturday - 5:15 pm-6:15 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Scholar Brian A. Catlos on the magisterial, myth-dispelling history of Islamic Spain, which spans the millennium between the founding of Islam in the 7th century, and the final expulsion of Spain’s Muslims in the 17th century. A fascinating conversation with Aun Hasan Ali.
Harinder Sikka, Kathy Reichs, and Sabrina Dhawan in conversation with Sanjoy K. Roy
Saturday - 6:30 pm-7:30 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
In a world of enhanced books with digital crossovers, Harinder Sikka, Sabrina Dhawan, and Kathy Reichs discuss with Sanjoy K. Roy the creative collaborations that enable the movement from script to screen, how text-driven narratives get transformed into dynamic scripts and immersive moving images.
Vanessa Sasson in conversation with Namita Gokhale
Saturday - 6:30 pm-7:30 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Yashodhara was the wife of the Gautam Buddha, the father of Buddhism. Vanessa R. Sasson resurrects her in Yasodhara: A Novel About the Buddha’s Wife, a fictional account of a tragic and forgotten life. In conversation with writer and festival co-director Namita Gokhale, she speaks of what drew her to the story of Yasodhara, the woman who was left behind in the search for salvation. Presented by The Tibet Himalaya Initiative
Saturday - 7:35 pm-5:56 amCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Aparna Vaidyanathan and Sriram Srinivasan
Presented by CFAA
Sunday - 11:00 am-11:30 amCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Kiran Desai in conversation with Amitava Kumar
Sunday - 11:45 am-12:45 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
Leading novelist of Indian origin, Kiran Desai, has won the Man Booker Prize and the NBCC Fiction Award. In conversation with academic and novelist Amitava Kumar, she discusses her writing, her beliefs, and the loneliness of the global world, in an illuminating conversation that encompasses many worlds and brings to life the craft of storytelling.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb introduced by Namita Gokhale
Sunday - 11:45 am-12:45 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
“Never trust anyone who doesn’t have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will benefit, and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them.” Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the contrarian, the Lebanese-American essayist, scholar, statistician, and risk analyst, described as the “hottest thinker in the world”, speaks of his most recent book, Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life, which redefines what it means to understand the world, succeed in a profession, contribute to a fair and just society, detect nonsense, and influence others.
Léonora Miano in conversation with Arsen Kashkashian
Sunday - 11:45 am-12:25 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Novelist Léonora Miano is the much awarded author of 14 books. Her novel, Seasons of the Shadow, depicts the early days of the transatlantic slave trade from the moving perspective of the sub-Saharan population that became its first victims. In conversation with Arsen Kashkashian, she discusses her work and the influences on and contexts of her writing.
Sunday - 11:45 am-12:45 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
As a poet in the schools, I see around two hundred thousand kids a school year. I start each session by asking the students one question: Who in here calls themselves a poet? At the elementary level, almost every hand shoots to the sky. But by the time I get to a middle school, I’d be lucky to get twenty percent of hands in the room. In this workshop we will explore the Why of this happenstance. We will investigate poetry not just as a literary genre but a life skill, a tool, and even a weapon. The intention is not to leave with just strategies that work and resources to draw from but mostly the inspiration to carry them through. Come prepared with your curiosity in the foreground and be primed to write. This workshop welcomes the curious of all ages.
David C. Sanford in conversation with Philip Lutgendorf
Sunday - 12:45 pm-1:15 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
David C. Sanford's book Spilling the Beans: A Guide for Indians to Understand and Communicate Successfully with U.S. Americans is a manual to create bridges of understanding between the American and Indian communities and cultures. In conversation with Philip Lutgendorf, he explains how to dance with the differences and commonalities between us.
John Shors in conversation with Teague von Bohlen
Sunday - 12:45 pm-1:15 pmCanyon Theatre, Boulder Public Library
In 1632, the Emperor of Hindustan, Shah Jahan, overwhelmed with grief over the death of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, commissioned the building of a grand mausoleum to symbolize the greatness of their love. Over the centuries, the Taj Mahal has become a symbol of immortal love and is the subject of John Shors’ first novel, Beneath a Marble Sky, which he will discuss with Teague von Bohlen, author and Director of Creative Writing at the University of Colorado, Denver.
Michael Puett in conversation with Terry Kleeman
Sunday - 1:15 pm-2:15 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
Award-winning Harvard University professor Michael Puett shares his wildly popular course on classical Chinese philosophy, showing us how ancient ideas—like the fallacy of the authentic self—can guide us on the path to a good life today. Why is a course on ancient Chinese philosophers one of the most popular at Harvard? Because it challenges all our modern assumptions about what it takes to flourish. Astonishing teachings emerged 2000 years ago through the work of a succession of Chinese scholars exploring how humans can improve themselves and their society. And what are these counterintuitive ideas? Michael Puett discusses this in conversation with academic Terry Kleeman.
Broughton Coburn, Suketu Mehta, Molly Crabapple and Simon Winchester in conversation with William Dalrymple
Sunday - 1:15 pm-2:15 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Travel writing is one of the most ancient forms of literature, but does it have any relevance in the age of the internet, globalization, and Google Maps? Travel writers Broughton Coburn, Suketu Mehta, Molly Crabapple, and Simon Winchester discuss the genre with William Dalrymple and read from their work.
Chika Unigwe and Marcia Douglas in conversation
Sunday - 1:15 pm-2:15 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Chika Unigwe is the author of On Black Sisters Street, a novel that illuminates the dream of the west and sisterhood, as seen through African eyes. Marcia Douglas is the author of The Marvellous Occasions of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim, which explores the twin stories of Jamaica's nihilistic violence and its wondrously creative humanity. In conversation, they discuss writing women’s perspectives and the sense of sorority that informs their work.
Sunday - 1:15 pm-2:15 pmBrook, Boulder Public Library
Walk through the door of storytelling, learning traditional Lakota culture and way of life with Katrina M. Mora, an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Sioux Nation. Ages 5+
Chigozie Obioma, Preti Taneja, and Sabrina Dhawan in conversation with Ami Dayan
Sunday - 2:30 pm-3:30 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
The bard of Avon has influenced and impacted writers through the centuries and across the continents. Novelist Chigozie Obioma acknowledges the influence of Shakespeare and Milton on his reading and writing. Preti Taneja’s brilliant novel, We That Are Young, is based on King Lear. Sabrina Dhawan is an acclaimed screenwriter who has written for film and theater. In conversation with theater director Ami Dayan, they speak of how people in different countries and cultures adapt Shakespeare across traditions, and how he remains forever contemporary.
Ruby Lal in conversation with Shahzia Sikander
Sunday - 2:30 pm-3:30 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Four centuries ago, a woman ruled the Mughal Empire. Her multifaceted personality was both celebrated and reviled for her political acumen and diplomatic skill. She led troops, issued imperial orders, and had coins of the realm in her name. Acclaimed historian Ruby Lal, in conversation with Shahzia Sikander, brings to life the complex personality of a woman ahead of her times.
Jovan Mays, Franklin Cruz and Serena Chopra moderated by Aruni Kashyap
Sunday - 2:30 pm-3:30 pmSteps, Boulder Public Library
Jovan Mays is the Emeritus Poet Laureate of Aurora, Colorado, and the Director of Your Writing Counts, a youth poetry program that engages over 200,000 students annually in the Denver metro area. Serena Chopra is an author and a poet, currently composing a novel informed by her research with queer women in Bangalore, India. Franklin Cruz is a poet and spoken word artist whose work reflects on being a first-generation child of immigrant parents, being a brown queer child and recalling the traditional indigenous faith of curanderismo. Together, they speak of oppression and powerlessness, discrimination and racism, as well as of the power of words and stories, of giving voice to silence, and of breaking out with the resonance of shared narratives.
Melanie Borski Howard and Alice Eccles
Sunday - 2:30 pm-3:30 pmBrook
Join in singing and celebrating diversity in this special musical storytime. All ages.
Molly Kate Brown, Radha Marcum, Tim Hillmer, Kerry parry and Henry Rasof
Sunday - 3:45 pm-5:00 pmBrook
Lisa Randall introduced by Nils Halverson
Sunday - 3:45 pm-4:45 pmCanyon Theater, Boulder Public Library
Around 66 million years ago, a ten-mile-wide object from outer space hurtled into the Earth at incredible speed. The impact annihilated the dinosaurs along with three-quarters of the other species on the planet. But what if this catastrophe was the sign of something greater: an opening vista onto the interconnectedness of the universe itself? Lisa Randall is one of the world’s leading theoretical physicists. Her research involves connecting theoretical insights to puzzles in our current understanding of the properties and interactions of matter. She tells the story of the astounding forces that underpin our existence; a horizon-expanding tour of the cosmos that unifies what we know about the universe with new thinking. From the far-flung reaches of space, the makeup of the universe and our solar system's place within it, to the mysterious and elusive stuff of dark matter and how it affects life here on Earth. Introduced by academic and Department Chair of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at University of Colorado, Boulder, Nils Halverson.
Lynn Gehl, Jessica Ordaz, and Suketu Mehta in conversation
Sunday - 3:45 pm-4:45 pmSkyscapes, Boulder Public Library
An impassioned session about Indigenous peoples, First Nations and immigrants and the contemporary issues they face, looking at the sense of dislocation and despair experienced by communities who feel cheated of their rights. Suketu Mehta is the author of the upcoming This Land Is Their Land: An Impassioned Argument About Immigration and Its Discontents. Jessica Ordaz is an academic currently completing a book manuscript titled The Functions of Immigration Detention: Forced Labor, Transnational Migrant Politics and Punishment in California’s Imperial Valley, 1939-2014. Lynn Gehl is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe advocate, writer, and an outspoken critic of colonial law and policies that harm Indigenous women, men, children, and the land. She is author of The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process.