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Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference

Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference - 2023

Novelist Mohsin Hamid

Marcia Franklin talks with novelist Mohsin Hamid about “The Last White Man.”

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Mohsin Hamid joins Marcia Franklin to discuss his latest novel, “The Last White Man.” The story follows the transformation of a man who wakes up one day to find that his skin color has changed. Hamid talks about the themes in the novel and how his own life changed after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The conversation was recorded at the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Journalist Andrea Elliott

Marcia Franklin talks with journalist Andrea Elliott about her book, “Invisible Child.”

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Andrea Elliott talks with Marcia Franklin about her Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “Invisible Child.” It chronicles eight years in the life of one child in Brooklyn, Dasani Coates. Elliott explains why she spent so many years covering the story and how Coates’ life exemplifies the challenges of being poor in America. The conversation was recorded at the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Author David Grann

Marcia Franklin talks with author David Grann about “The Wager.”

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In this interview with Marcia Franklin, David Grann shares some of the amazing true stories surrounding the wreck of The Wager, a British ship that sank off the tip of South America in 1741. In his book, “The Wager,” Grann reconstructs the harrowing experiences of the ship’s castaways and shows how the tale is still relevant. The interview was recorded at the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Novelist Hernan Diaz

Marcia Franklin talks with Hernan Diaz about his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Trust.”

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Hernan Diaz joins Marcia Franklin to discuss his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “Trust.” The tale about the world of high finance gives readers four different takes on the same story, playing with the idea of “truth.” Diaz explains why he constructed the novel polyphonically, and what it was like to win the Pulitzer Prize. The interview was recorded at the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.

Novelist Abraham Verghese

Marcia Franklin talks with novelist Abraham Verghese about “The Covenant of Water.”

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Marcia Franklin talks with Abraham Verghese about his novel, “The Covenant of Water.” The epic, which includes a mystery at its core, covers more than 70 years in the intertwined lives of families in the Indian state of Kerala. Verghese discusses the ties the story has to his own family history and shares his joy of writing. The conversation was recorded at the 2023 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference.