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Steinem will headline Cabin’s ‘Readings & Conversations’ 2016-’17

Gloria Steinem, women’s-rights activist, author and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, will speak in Boise for The Cabin’s “Readings & Conversations” on Monday, Sept. 19. President Barack Obama presented Steinem with her medal in 2013.
Gloria Steinem, women’s-rights activist, author and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree, will speak in Boise for The Cabin’s “Readings & Conversations” on Monday, Sept. 19. President Barack Obama presented Steinem with her medal in 2013. MCT

The Cabin’s next season of “Readings & Conversations,” a lecture series of nationally recognized authors, will include one of the most powerful American feminist voices, the U.S. poet laureate and a National Book Award winner.

Series tickets go on sale to the public on June 15. If you’re already a series subscriber, you can renew your seats through June 1. Series tickets range in price from $50 for standing room to $325 for front row seats. Find more information at TheCabinIdaho.org.

▪  Writer, lecturer, political activist, and feminist organizer, Gloria Steinem is one of the most powerful voices for women’s rights and in the development of contemporary American culture. 7:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19, Morrison Center, 2201 Caesar Chavez Drive, Boise. Her talk will be preceded by The Cabin’s 6th annual dinner and gala fundraiser on the Morrison Center stage. Gala tickets will go on sale in the coming weeks.

▪  Irish-born writer Colum McCann has six novels to his credit. He received the 2009 National Book Award for fiction for “Let the Great World Spin,” on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the Egyptian Theatre, 800 W. Main St., Boise. His latest book, “A Letter to a Young Writer,” came out in January of this year.

▪  U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera grew up in the migrant farm culture in California’s San Jouquin Valley. He received degrees from University of California Los Angeles, Stanford University, and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His numerous poetry collections include, “187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border: Undocuments 1971-2007” and “Half of the World in Light: New and Selected Poems (2008).” He will speak on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017, at the Egyptian.

▪  Sisters Karen E. Bender, National Book Award for Fiction finalist, and Amiee Bender, New York Times Notable Book writer, will have an on-stage conversation about their lives, writing and more on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

▪  Bestselling short story writer and novelist Lauren Groff will end the series on Thursday, April 13, 2017. Groff is a 2015 National Book Award finalist for “Fates and Furies.”

Watch a video of U.S. poet laureate reading and explaining his poem “Five Directions to My House.”

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