By Susan Page
February is one of the most exciting months of our entire Literary Season Online, featuring two of today”s most popular authors.
Isabel Wilkerson is the first African American woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for journalism. Her debut nonfiction book, The Warmth of Other Suns, won five prestigious awards. Her new book, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, has spent many weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and is an Oprah Book Club selection. One reviewer calls it “an expansive, lyrical and stirring account of the unspoken system of divisions that govern our world.”
Wilkerson will be in conversation with A”Lelia Bundles who gave her own riveting keynote address last November. Sun, Feb 7 at 6pm.
Diana Gabaldon is a prolific writer best known for her enormously popular Outlander series of novels, also made into a TV series. Utterly engrossing, the novels include historical fiction, adventure, romance, mystery, and even science fiction. The seventh novel in the series will be published this year. Gabaldon also writes nonfiction and has completed a second series of novels based on a minor character in her Outlander books.
She will be in conversation with local Outlander aficionado, Bob Stolebarger, a former trial lawyer, now retired in San Miguel. Sat, Feb 13 at 6pm.
Flies in the Jar
San Miguel”s own Nathan Feuerberg has created a radio play for the Late Night Live feature of our Literary Season Online. He and his team have brought in actors and sound designers to create a live broadcast of a radio drama. “Flies In The Jar” is a whimsical detective story about stolen songs and broken hearts. Wed, Feb 10 at 9:30pm.
The Wisdom of the Agents
Any writer seeking publication will not want to miss this panel discussion about the various roads to publication. Four leading literary agents will cover the basics and give you inside information about getting your work into print for a wide audience. Sun, Feb 7 at 2pm.
Workshops for Writers
Our February workshops for writers includes these topics: Writing the Personal Essay; Expressing Emotional Truth in Fiction; Composing the Manuscript for Poets and Short Story Writers; and An Agent”s Guide to Developing and Editing Your Manuscript for Publication. Each of the workshops teachers is available for an individual consultation, a rare opportunity to work one-on-one with a seasoned coach.
Our Fun Networking Features
We encourage you to attend programs at the time they are presented so that you can join in the fun of “coming up onto the stage” with the speaker following the presentation for informal personal interactions with the author; or you are also welcome to socialize with other attendees in “the line for the bathroom.” Following our fabulous Book to Film Forum one attendee, Jackie Donnelly, wrote: “I just left you on Zoom. Totally touched and blown away. Diana Gabaldon has been my hero-writer and I actually just spoke to her. Bliss!”
Full Information and Tickets: sanmiguelwritersconference.org