Documentarian Ken Burns and creative nonfiction writers Mark Kurlansky and Terry Tempest Williams join Donna Seaman. They will discuss “The Writer as Witness,” talking about the challenges and pleasures of telling true stories, and offering the first of many opportunities to hear and see favorite authors, illustrators, and publishers up close at Midwinter.
Ken Burns has been making films for more than 35 years, including The Civil War, Baseball, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea. Projects currently in production include films on Jackie Robinson, the Vietnam War, the history of country music, Ernest Hemingway, and the history of stand-up comedy. The scores of awards, honors, and special recognitions he has received include a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, three Peabody Awards, Producer of the Year award from the Producers Guild of America, a People’s Choice Award, a D. W. Griffith Award, the Lincoln Prize, and the National Jefferson Award, S. Roger Horchow Award for Greatest Public Service by a Private Citizen. His films have received two Academy Award nominations, thirteen Emmy Awards, and two Grammy Awards. Burns is delighted to introduce children to America’s presidents as leaders and as people in Grover Cleveland Again!: A Treasury of American Presidents, which will be published in July 2016.
Mark Kurlansky is a bestselling and prolific creative nonfiction writer celebrated for books focusing on everything from salt, cod, and frozen food to the pop song, “Dancing in the Street.” The author of 28 books, he has received multiple awards and honors ranging from a Los Angeles Times Science Writing Award and a James Beard Award for Food Writing to a New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award, an Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English, and ALA Notable Book Awards. After starting out as a playwright, Kurlansky shifted to journalism and is a former foreign correspondent for the International Herald Tribune, the Chicago Tribune, the Miami Herald, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. His many other jobs include commercial fisherman, dock worker, paralegal, cook, and pastry chef. He has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. His forthcoming book is Paper: Paging Through History (May 2016).
Terry Tempest Williams is an award-winning author of 14 books, a conservationist, and an activist whose writing is rooted in the American West and ranges from issues of ecology and wilderness preservation, to women's health, to exploring our relationship to culture and nature. Her books include Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place, Finding Beauty in a Broken World, and When Women Were Birds. Her forthcoming book, The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks (June 2016) offers a literary celebration of our national parks, what they mean to us, and what we mean to them, and is timed to honor the centennial of the National Park Service.
Donna Seaman is Booklist’s Editor for Adult Books. An award-winning writer and critic herself, she has moderated many author appearances and her reviews and essays have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, and other publications. Seaman’s author interviews are collected in Writers on the Air: Conversations about Books.
The Exhibits Round Table is pleased to sponsor the ERT/Booklist Author Forum as one of the many ways they collaborate with ALA staff and members to make the exhibits a dynamic part of ALA conferences. Booklist can be found at booth #1923 in the exhibits, where you can discuss all things book and media related with the editors and get a demo of the integrated print, online, and digital edition access.
Sponsored by Random House Children’s Books (Ken Burns), W.W. Norton (Mark Kurlansky), and Macmillan (Terry Tempest Williams)
Sponsors: ALA, ERT
Cost: Included with full conference registration.