The Literary Connection is an annual gathering of readers and writers to celebrate the written word.
Join us, and lose yourself in the joy of books as you learn from our guest authors Craig Childs and Alexandra Fuller. Let their experiences captivate you, see what might be coming in the future and enjoy the opportunity to engage in conversation with our award-winning guest authors.
About the Guest Authors
Craig Childs lives and observes life at its most extreme so we don't have to. He is a renowned author of more than a dozen critically acclaimed books, including, Apocalyptic Planet, which won the Orion Book Award and the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, and Outside.
Childs writes about the relationship between humans, animals, landscape, and time. His stories come from visceral, personal experience, whether in the company of illicit artifact dealers or in deep wilderness. A commentator for NPR's Morning Edition, Childs is camping tonight in the harshest of conditions so he can report his findings back to us while we enjoy our coffee. Lauded as an adventurer and desert ecologist, he lives off the grid in Colorado.
Alexandra Fuller has written five books of non-fiction. Her debut book, Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood (Random House, 2001), was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002, the 2002 Booksense Best Non-fiction book, a finalist for the Guardian's First Book Award and the winner of the 2002 Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize. In 2008, Fuller's The Legend of Colton H Bryant told the story of a modern-day Wyoming cowboy working on that state's oil rigs (Penguin Press). Her latest book, a memoir of marriage and divorce, is entitled Leaving Before the Rains Come (January, 2015). Fuller has written for The New Yorker, Vogue, and is a frequent contributor to National Geographic Magazine.
Alexandra Fuller grew up in Rhodesia, Africa where her family became absorbed by the country's intense struggle for independence. Fuller's experience of that war has informed all her books which are, at heart, anti-war stories. But they are also love stories. "People think the book is a love letter to Africa," Fuller has said of her debut memoir, "but really it is a love letter to my mother – a fiercely glam¬orous, hard-drinking woman..."