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The Cabin announces its 2014-15 Readings & Conversations series

Here’s the lineup for The Cabin’s 13th Readings & Conversations, an annual series that brings internationally acclaimed literary figures to Boise to share their work and perspectives on important issues of our time. If you’re interested in going this year, you should note this series does sell out.

2014-15 Readings & Conversations

Oct. 7: Erik Larson opens the series at the Morrison Center, 2201 Cesar Chavez Drive, Boise. Larson is a Wall Street Journal staff writer turned novelist, known for his best selling creative non-fiction books “Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” and his debut “The Devil in the White City,” a riveting examination of the events surrounding the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. That book remained on the New York Times’ hardcover and paperback lists for a combined total of over three years. It won an Edgar Award for nonfiction crime writing and was a finalist for a National Book Award.

Nov. 12: Chris Abani will speak at The Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., Boise Chris Abani is a Nigerian-born novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter and playwright who is known as an international voice on humanitarianism, art, ethics, and our shared political responsibility. His books include “The Secret History of Las Vegas,” and “Song For Night.” He is the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award, a PEN Beyond the Margins Award, the PEN Hemingway Book Prize and a Guggenheim Award. March 11: Sherman Alexie will speak at the Egyptian Theatre. Sherman Alexie is a Native American poet, short story writer, novelist, and performer. He has published 24 books including a book of poetry “What I've Stolen, What I've Earned” and the novel “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” that caused controversy in the Meridian School District earlier this year. Book and screenplay “Smoke Signals” became a film in 1998. It won top prizes at the Sundance Film Festival and the Independent Spirit Awards. A Spokane Coeur d'Alene Indian, Alexie grew up in Wellpinit, Washington, on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

April 7: Karen Russell will speak at The Egyptian Theatre. Karen Russell is a novelist and short story writer. Her debut novel, “Swamplandia!,” was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, it was also included in the New York Times’ “10 Best Books of 2011.” She was also the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant” in 2013. She is currently a visiting writer at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. In fall 2013, Russell was a distinguished guest teacher of creative writing in the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden.

All events talks are at 7:30 p.m.

General admission series tickets are $115 for balcony seating, $190 for main floor (sold out) and $46 for standing room. Member prices are $100, $165 (sold out) and $40. The benefit dinner with Erik Larson is $125 and the reception with Karen Russell is $50 additional.

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