A Sting in the Tale – The Wonder of Bumblebees

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

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 […]

Democracy and the Game of Thrones

“We live in a world where constructive conversation is next to impossible." -Andrew Lam [Photo Credit: Will Hauge]

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 […]

Guns and Roses – Where Have all the Roses Gone?

Left to right: Ruchira Gupta in conversation with Michael Patrick MacDonald and Jovan Mays [Photo Credit: Barbara Scarpella Reed]

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 […]

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

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]

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 […]

Run Through Every Door Opened to You

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]

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 […]

Technology: What Are We Clicking For?

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]

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 […]

Writing Cities, Writing Secrets

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]

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 […]