Thursday, September 25, 2008

The 2nd Annual Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival

WHAT: The 2nd Annual Carmel Authors & Ideas Festival Presented by the Carmel Ideas Foundation

WHO: Authors (alphabetical, by surname)
Tamim Ansary

Reza Aslan

Sylvia Boorstein

Leo Braudy

Cecil Castellucci

Gennifer Choldenko

Michael Datcher

Philip Fradkin

Andrew Fraknoi

Mark Frost

Khaled Hosseini

Roger Housden

Terri Jentz

Jane Juska

Michael Krasny

Wendy Lichtman

Fred Luskin

Irshad Manji

Greg Mortenson

Markus Naerheim

Gina Nahai

Sandra Day O'Connor, Justice

Kathryn Otoshi

Elaine Petrocelli

Michael Pollan

Frank Portman

Michael Pritchard

James Ragan

Michealene Cristini Risley

Kemble Scott

Don Shula

Gail Tsukiyama

Rick Wartzman

Jan Yanehiro

Jeffrey Zaslow
Note: Click on Author's Name for Author's Website or information about each Author.

WHEN: Friday, September 26 – Sunday, September 28, 2008
Friday, September 26: 3:00 P.M. – 7:15 P.M.
Saturday, September 27: 8:00 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Sunday, September 28: 8:00 A.M. – 12:45 P.M.


WHERE: Sunset Theater
E/s San Carlos St. @ 9th Av.
Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA.

$515.00 each (includes facility handling charge)
Includes one seat for all Festival General Sessions

SUPPORTER: $1000.00 each

FOUNDING: $5000.00 each


Anonymous said...

My recommendation is fewer authors and more from each author over 3 days. A group of authors all writing on a common theme or common themes would be good too. Book subjects like the environment or international affairs or technology, for example. I also think 2 days would be more than enough.

Mari Lynch Dehmler said...

Having a slightly smaller number of authors on the main stage would permit time for another break-out session or two, which I’d welcome. However, I appreciate the mix of ideas, with many and very different authors. I would not want the festival to provide in-depth focus on just a few authors’ work. Even with the large number of authors presenting, I heard background, new insights, and other material not found in the authors’ published work.

I also appreciate that the festival is not limited to one central theme. This leaves more room for authors to share new discoveries and ideas, to present what is on their hearts and minds at the time, keeping this festival on the cutting edge.

Certainly the brilliant contributions of Greg Mortenson, Irshad Manji, Khaled Hosseini, and Tamim Ansary offered a breadth of experience and thinking on Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Islam, and this coalesced into a remarkable theme of sorts for this year. To go any further, though, would change the character of the Carmel Authors and Ideas Festival.

There are other festivals and conferences doing a great job with specific topics. On the environment, check out Bioneers. On technology, entertainment, and design, there is the TED conference. And there are many more.

For me, the length of Carmel Authors and Ideas was just right. But I’m a local, and maybe out-of-towners would find a shorter—or longer—fest more desirable.