Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2011

Since 1995, the Sun Valley Writers' Conference has brought together some of the nation's best-known writers, poets, filmmakers and philosophers to engage an audience in provocative and thoughtful conversations.

The event takes place over four days in August on the grounds and rooms of the Sun Valley Lodge and Sun Valley Inn.

Dialogue host Marcia Franklin has been a regular attendee. In 2011, she interviewed three authors at the conference.


Suzanne Maloney
Suzanne Maloney
"A democratic opening, the mobilization of millions looking for a government with greater freedom, can actually produce an opportunity to be exploited by those who have no interest in freedom, and who have no interest in creating a better life for their people."  Learn more . . .

Aired October 6, 2011
Colum McCann
Colum McCann
"It's the little random acts of beauty that occur that still take my breath away. It's a good world to live in. . . . We have a duty to go beyond cynicism. And we have a duty, I think, not to fall down and say, 'It's all dark, gritty, grimy, horrible'."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 8, 2011
Kati Marton
Kati Marton
"History is not an academic exercise. History is what we're living. It's sometimes hard to tell we're living history, but we are. This moment is history. It's very dangerous in today's world to retreat into our own problems. . . . we need to know how we got here."  Learn more . . .

Aired December 15, 2011