Four amazing keynote speakers headline San Miguel Writers’ Conference

By Mark Saunders

The Ninth Annual San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival is proud to announce its incredible lineup of evening keynote speakers: Calvin Trillin, Yann Martel, Laura Esquivel and Benjamin Alire Saenz. These four stars of the literary firmament will give their keynote addresses at Hotel Real de Minas during the Conference, February 12 – 17. Single ticket purchases are still available but don’t wait too long to get yours. Seating is limited.

San Miguel Writers’ Conference & Literary Festival
February 12-17, 2014
Hotel Real de Minas
Keynote Event Tickets: $25.00

Wednesday, February 12 (6pm)
Calvin Trillin
Topic: The Writing Game

Humorist Calvin Trillin has been called “perhaps the finest reporter in America” and for good reason. In addition to five decades of newspaper and magazine columns, Trillin has written three comic novels, a travel book, a book of short stories and an account of the desegregation of the University of Georgia. In his keynote address, Trillin will discuss his adventures and misadventures in various kinds of writing, including non-fiction, commentary, humor, memoir and light verse.

Thursday, February 13 (6pm)
Yann Martel
Topic: Why Writing Matters, Why Reading Matters

Yann Martel is a Canadian writer. He is the author of a collection of short stories, a collection of letters to the Prime Minister of Canada, and of three novels, notably Life of Pi, which was an international bestseller and for which he won the 2002 Man Booker Prize. In his address, Yann Martel will speak about how the act of creating art and the act of receiving it are fundamental to human understanding and happiness.

Friday, February 14 (6pm)
Laura Esquivel
Topic: Writing the Future

Born and raised in Mexico City, Laura Esquivel is best known for her first novel, Like Water for Chocolate, published in 1989, translated into 36 languages, and made into a first-rate motion picture. In her keynote address, she will discuss how we can write a new story, a story that no one has written so far; that it is up to us alone and it’s time that we become both creators and protagonists.

Saturday, February 15, (6pm)
Benjamin Alire Saenz
Topic: Juarez Doesn’t Stop at the Border

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an artist, poet, novelist and author of children’s books. His most recent collection of short stories, Everything Begins and Ends at the Kentucky Club, won the 2013 PEN Faulkner Award for Fiction and the Lambda Literary Award. In his keynote address, he will articulate how the Mexican border city of Juarez has shaped his life and writing.

Plus Our Afternoon Keynote Addresses

David Whyte (“Poetry and the Pilgrim Path: The Art of Asking the Beautiful Question”) on Thursday, February 13. On Friday, February 14, Kathi Diamant (Kafka: A Love Story). Ellen Bass will read from Like a Beggar and discuss the craft of poetry on Saturday, February 15. Afternoon presentations start at 1:30pm and are also held at the Hotel Real de Minas.

Where to purchase tickets

All keynote sessions, evening and afternoon (unless sold out) are available for single ticket purchase. To buy tickets or register in person, stop by the Santa Ana Café at the Biblioteca, from 11am-2pm, on Jan. 23, Feb. 4 and Feb. 6. To purchase tickets online, go to:

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