2013-2014 READINGS & CONVERSATIONS
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.
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
. 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.
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.
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
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
Prior to that, Orlean was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone
has also contributed to Esquire, Smithsonian,
and The New York Times Magazine
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
, the New York Times bestseller Tiny
, and the novel Torch
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
Washington Post Magazine, Vogue,
. She has
written the popular “Dear Sugar” column for The
since 2010. Strayed holds an MFA in fiction
writing from Syracuse University and a bachelor’s
degree from the University of Minnesota.