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Writers’ Conference Announces New Keynote Speaker

John Perkins

By Susan Page

The Writers’ Conference is excited to announce an additional keynote speaker for the February 2016 Conference: John Perkins, author of the runaway bestseller Confessions of an Economic Hit Man. Perkins has inhabited both the rarified ranks of the highest levels of corporate strategizing and communities of indigenous peoples where he has trained with shamans and experienced spiritual transformation. His bestselling books have sold millions of copies in many languages around the world and spent years on The New York Times bestseller list. His appearance in San Miguel is the launch event for his latest book: The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.

New Writers’ Conference
Keynote Speaker John Perkins
“Transforming Our World: Corporate Greed Meets Indigenous Spirituality”
Fri, Feb 12, 11am
US$25 or 375 pesos
Tickets at

Perkins’ address will be entitled “Transforming Our World: Corporate Greed Meets Indigenous Spirituality.” For the first time in history every human being faces the same crises, including climate change, diminishing resources, and economic inequality. Because of deliberate strategies by the financial elite, motivated by gluttonous appetites for money and power, we find ourselves catapulted toward a future that appears catastrophic to some. Yet Perkins believes this time also offers unprecedented opportunities for monumental change toward a sustainable and just economic order. Every major crisis we face today can be traced to corporate goals of maximizing profits regardless of the social and environmental costs. By recognizing that the marketplace is a democratic voting booth, we the people have the power to demand new goals that are focused on generating a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.

His address will be presented on Friday, February 12, at 11am. Tickets are now available online at Just go to the “Tickets” menu item and select “Individual tickets.”

Writers’ Conference packages are selling fast, as are tickets to individual events. The steering committee strongly advises you not to wait to buy tickets but to order them soon.

The other keynote speakers for the 2016 Conference, February 10 to 14, are the legendary Joyce Carol Oates; NPR’s Scott Simon; Gail Sheehy (Passages); Lisa See (China Dolls); Kirk Ellis, who wrote and produced the HBO miniseries John Adams; Canadian novelist Elizabeth Hay; widely admired Mexican writer Juan Villoro; and back on our podium by popular demand, the beloved Luis Urrea, one of the most spellbinding keynote speakers we’ve ever presented. For details, go to


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