Conversations from the Sun Valley Writers' Conference 2017

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

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

Dialogue host and producer Marcia Franklin has been conducting interviews at the conference since 2005. In 2017, she interviewed five authors.


Louisa Thomas
Louisa Thomas
"I was just completely struck by this voice. It was so different than any of the other letters I was reading. It was very vivid and it was very funny, which was unusual and a pleasure."  
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Aired September 1, 2017
Ayad Akhtar
Ayad Akhtar
"If I write a character who has aspects of an antihero and experiences some trauma that he then lashes out and hits somebody, if he's a white character, that's just psychological depth. But if he's a Muslim character, it's a stereotype. That's somebody else's problem. That's somebody else's category. It's in their mind. It's in their eyes. I'm writing to truth as I see it."  
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Aired September 8, 2017
Jane Mayer
Jane Mayer
"You know, people say, "Why doesn't the government work? Why doesn't Washington work?" And the truth is it does work very well for a few people."  
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Aired September 15, 2017
Helen Macdonald
Helen Macdonald
"All the nature books say that when you're broken what you should do is go into the countryside, into the wild and it will heal you. And there's truth in that, but I'd taken it way too far. I'd got completely lost."  
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Aired September 22, 2017
Andrew Solomon
Andrew Solomon
"If I could redo my life without any depression, I would choose not to have depression. But given that I didn't have any choice, and that I was stuck with this paralyzing, awful, painful experience, the only way I think to get through it is to insist on finding some form of meaning in it."  
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Aired September 29, 2017