Tuesday, June 26, 2018 | 10:45am | Amphitheater*

Tyehimba Jess: Olio

Tyehimba Jess is the author of Olio, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, The Midland Society Author’s Award in Poetry, and received an Outstanding Contribution to Publishing Citation from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.


Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Andrew Krivák: The Signal Flame 

The stunning second novel from National Book Award finalist Andrew Krivák is a heartbreaking, captivating story about a family awaiting the return of their youngest son from the Vietnam War.



Thursday, July 05, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Caroline Fraser: Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Millions of readers of Little House on the Prairie believe they know Laura Ingalls — the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told.



Thursday, July 12, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Victor LaValle: The Changeling

This captivating retelling of a classic fairy tale imaginatively explores parental obsession, spousal love, and the secrets that make strangers out of the people we love the most.



Thursday, July 19, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Amor Towles: A Gentleman in Moscow

A transporting novel about a man who is ordered to spend the rest of his life inside a luxury hotel, A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov.



Thursday, July 26, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Azareen Van der Vliet Oloomi: Call Me Zebra

Zebra is the last in a line of anarchists, atheists, and autodidacts. When war came, her family didn’t fight; they took refuge in books. Now alone and in exile, Zebra leaves New York for Barcelona, retracing the journey she and her father made from Iran to the United States years ago.


Thursday, August 02, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Jessica Bruder: Nomadland: Surviving America in the 21st Century

From the beet fields of North Dakota to the National Forest campgrounds of California to Amazon’s CamperForce program in Texas, employers have discovered a new, low-cost labor pool, made up largely of transient older Americans, invisible casualties of the Great Recession. Jessica Bruder is an award-winning journalist whose work focuses on subcultures and the dark corners of the economy.


Thursday, August 09, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Kao Kalia Yang: The Song Poet

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet recounts the story of his people, their history and tragedies, joys and losses. He keeps the past alive, invokes the spirits and the homeland, and records courtships, births, weddings, and wishes.



Tuesday, August 14, 2018 | 03:30pm | Hall of Philosophy

Paisley Rekdal: The Broken Country

Winner of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Award for Creative Nonfiction, The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam, uses a violent incident that took place in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 2012 as a springboard for examining the long-term cultural & psychological effects of the Vietnam War. 


* Please note the presentation for OLIO is in the Amphitheater. All other author talks take place in the Hall of Philosophy.