Series tickets for the Readings & Conversations 2013-2014 season are no longer available.
  • Individual tickets to Ruth Reichl and Junot Diaz can be purchased through the Morrison Center box office or online at www.BoiseStateTickets.com.
  • Individual tickets to Susan Orlean and Cheryl Strayed can be purchased through the Egyptian Theatre box office or online at www.EgyptianTheatre.net.
Ruth Reichl
October 16, 2013
Ruth Reichl is a writer and editor who was the Editor in Chief of Gourmet Magazine for ten years until its closing in 2009. Before that she was the restaurant critic of the The New York Times, and both the restaurant critic and food editor of the Los Angeles Times. Reichl began writing about food in 1972, when she published Mmmmm: A Feastiary. Since then, she has authored the critically acclaimed, bestselling memoirs Tender at the Bone, Comfort Me with Apples, Garlic and Sapphires, and For You Mom, Finally. Her first novel is scheduled to publish in fall, 2013. She is the editor of The Modern Library Food Series. Ms. Reichl has been honored with 6 James Beard Awards. She holds a BA and an MA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan.
Junot Díaz
December 10, 2013
Junot Díaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, PEN/Malamud Award, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, and PEN/O. Henry Award. A graduate of Rutgers College, Díaz is currently the fiction editor at Boston Review and the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Susan Orlean
March 11, 2014
As one of the most creative literary journalists of today, Susan Orlean is the author of the bestselling book, The Orchid Thief, which was made into the Oscarwinning movie, Adaptation. Her latest work, Rin Tin Tin: The Life and The Legend tells the story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. Orlean became a staff writer for The New Yorker in 1992. Prior to that, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and Vogue. She has also contributed to Esquire, Smithsonian, and The New York Times Magazine. Orlean teaches creative writing at NYU and has been a writer-in-residence at several universities. She received her BA with honors from the University of Michigan and was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.
April 22, 2014
Cheryl Strayed is the author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild, the New York Times bestseller Tiny Beautiful Things, and the novel Torch. Wild was selected as the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award. Strayed’s writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, and Allure. She has written the popular “Dear Sugar” column for The Rumpus since 2010. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota.



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