Less than one month before the opening of the 32nd annual Seminar, both sessions of “The Dark Side: Mystery, Crime, and the Literary Thriller” are now completely sold out. The response to this year’s lineup has been overwhelming; we are thrilled by the support. If you’ve waited until now to register, you can still sign up for the waitlist.
As one door closes, another opens, and we are excited to announce the theme for our 33rd annual seminar, to take place January 8-11, 2015. “How the Light Gets In: Literature of the Spirit” will explore literature’s relationship to the inexplicable. “Our hope,” writes program co-chair Pico Iyer, “is to talk about essentials—what lasts and what is at the heart of us—through poetry, essay, fiction, and even silence; to push words as far as they can go and then to respect what remains when they give out.”
Confirmed speakers for 2015 include Ayad Akhtar, A. Manette Ansay, Coleman Barks, Billy Collins, Mark Doty, Patricia Hampl, Ron Hansen, Jane Hirshfield, Marie Howe, Pico Iyer, Barry Lopez, Ayana Mathis, Marilyn Nelson, Robert Richardson, Marilynne Robinson, and Steve Stern.