• Mayer Shacter
    In a brand new development, one of the most entertaining, humorous, and beloved speakers on the authors’ circuit will present a keynote address at the Writers’ Conference this coming February. National Book Award winner Colum McCann is the author of Let the Great World Spin, which won the National Book Award, TransAtlantic, Letters to a Young Reader, plus three other novels and several collections of short stories. His numerous awards include the International Dublin Impac Prize, the 2010 Best Foreign Novel Award in China, and an Oscar nomination. His newest novel, entitled Apeirogon, will be published on February 25, just ten days too late to be available at our Conference, but we are sure to hear about it.

    Colum McCann is the founder of an international Story Exchange project called Narrative 4 that is making an impact on communities all over the world. The topic of his talk, which promises to be thoroughly engaging, will be, “Story Telling Across the Divides: How Story Telling (and Listening) Can Heal our Tired Hearts.” He believes we can expand our sense of what the world is by listening to others, and can bring about real action on the ground through the exchange of stories.

    Big Read Events Continue Without Valeria Luiselli
    We regret to announce that one of the authors we had previously engaged, Valeria Luiselli, has cancelled her participation at the Conference, but are thrilled that Colum McCann has agreed to be with us for the entire week. Even though Valeria Luiselli will not be with us in person, her book, Lost Children Archive, is still featured as the book for the community-wide Big Read, and discussion groups for highly acclaimed novel will still take place. To participate in a discussion group, contact Nancy Stich at .

    Multi-Media Global Migrants Program
    Also, the extraordinary multimedia, audience participation program entitled, “A Journey in Solidarity with Global Migrants” will still take place at the Instituto Allende on Thursday, January 23 at 5:00 PM. Tickets for this event at $200 pesos are available on line at sanmiguelliterarysala.org . This program was inspired by Luiselle’s novel, Lost Children Archive. Created by Kim Malcolm and Jodi Pincus, it will be an educational and affecting experience, filled with astonishing stories and inspiration. No one will come away unmoved.

    Conference Tickets and Packages Available on Line
    Colum McCann’s keynote address will take place on Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 6:30 PM in the Real de Minas Ballroom. Tickets for this address and for all the other keynote addresses and special events are available on line at sanmiguelwritersconference.org . Select “Registration and Travel” in the top menu. We strongly encourage San Miguel residents to consider purchasing the “Pleasures of Reading” package. You will be guaranteed tickets to all of the keynote events, and special events in the ballroom, many of which will sell out as individual tickets. This package gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the entertaining parts of the Writers’ Conference, even if you are not yourself a writer.
  • Reminder Bunny
    Reminder: Colum McCann’s keynote address is happening Thursday February 13.
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