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2024 Santa Fe International Literary Festival

May 17, 2024 at 5:00 PM to May 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Event Summary

 

SESSION TYPES

  • On the Big Stage Session – A 75-minute author talk. No other events are scheduled during a Big Stage Session.
  • On Stage Session – A 60-minute author talk. Two or more sessions run concurrently. 
TICKET TYPES
  • Individual Ticket – Admission to 1 author talk. 
  • Day Ticket* – Admission to six consecutive author talks on one day (May 18 OR May 19).  
  • Weekend Ticket* – Admission to 13 consecutive author talks (May 17–19)*. Also includes a badge and access to the Bibliotheque Lounge.

*Excludes Meditation and Author Talks, Walk & Talks, and Spirits Tastings

COMPLIMENTARY TICKETS
The Santa Fe International Literary Festival has made 1,500 complimentary tickets available for NM students, teachers, librarians, and book lovers in need of financial assistance. Please fill out this form for one complimentary ticket: Free Ticket Request Form
Event Schedule
List Calendar
Fri, May 17, 2024
5:00 PM
Reception
All ticket holders are welcome!
6:00 PM
On the Big Stage with Jesmyn Ward
Two-time National Book Award winner and bestselling author of Sing, Unburied, Sing and Let Us Descend
In conversation with Tracy K. Smith
Sat, May 18, 2024
8:00 AM
Morning Meditation and Author Talk with Roshi Joan Halifax
Buddhist teacher and social and environmental activist
9:15 AM
On the Big Stage with David Grann
Bestselling author of Killers of the Flower Moon, The Wager, and The Lost City of Z
In conversation with Hampton Sides
11:00 AM
On the Big Stage with Lynsey Addario
Legendary conflict photographer and bestselling author of the memoir It’s What I Do
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
Please enjoy live music in the courtyard. Bring lunch or visit the food truck.
 
VENUE
Courtyard
1:00 PM
On Stage with John Vaillant
2023 National Book Award finalist in nonfiction for Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World
In conversation with William deBuys
1:00 PM
On Stage with Arthur Sze and Wang Jiaxin
Arthur Sze, National Book Award–winning poet, and Wang Jiaxin, award-winning poet, translator, and educator—two legendary international stars talk poetry
 
VENUE
Rooms A/B
2:30 PM
On Stage with Tommy Orange
Pulitzer Prize finalist, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award for There There, and author of Wandering Stars
In conversation with Ramona Emerson
2:30 PM
On Stage with Tracy K. Smith
Two-term U.S. poet laureate, Tracy K. Smith, is a memoirist, translator, and opera librettist for the world premiere of The Righteous.
In conversation with Hakim Bellamy
 
VENUE
Rooms A/B
2:30 PM
Walk & Talk: Georgia O’Keeffe Museum with Roxana Robinson
Join us for a short walk to the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center to visit the museum’s library and archives and enjoy a short talk by a museum staff member, followed by a self-guided tour of the museum. (Limited to 10)
Sold Out
 
VENUE
Walk & Talk
4:00 PM
On the Big Stage with Anthony Doerr
Pulitzer Prize–winning author of All the Light We Cannot See, About Grace, and Cloud Cuckoo Land
In conversation with Bryan Curtis
Sold Out
 
VENUE
Sweeney Ballroom
4:00 PM
Spirits Tasting at Sazón
A spirited tasting of the spirits of Mexico, by Chef Fernando Olea, at the famous Sazón restaurant.
5:00 PM
Reception
All ticket holders are welcome!
6:00 PM
On the Big Stage with Julia Alvarez
National Medal of Arts recipient, author of How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, In the Time of the Butterflies, and the new The Cemetery of Untold Stories
In conversation with Manuel Muñoz
Sun, May 19, 2024
8:00 AM
Morning Meditation and Author Talk with Natalie Goldberg
Legendary writing teacher and author of Writing Down the Bones
9:15 AM
On the Big Stage with Kai Bird
Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and biographer of Robert Oppenheimer, Robert Ames, Jimmy Carter, and others
In conversation with James McGrath Morris
11:00 AM
On the Big Stage with Patrick Radden Keefe
Revered investigative journalist for The New Yorker and author of Empire of Pain, Say Nothing, and Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks
12:00 PM
Lunch Break
Please enjoy live music in the courtyard. Bring lunch or visit the food truck.
 
VENUE
Courtyard
1:00 PM
On Stage with Hua Hsu
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award winner for the memoir Stay True
In conversation with Bryan Curtis
1:00 PM
Walk & Talk: Willa Cather's Santa Fe
Join us for a short guided walk of Willa Cather’s Santa Fe with author, tour guide, and historian Garrett Peck as we explore Cather’s the inspiration behind her “best book” (her words), Death Comes for the Archbishop.
Sold Out
 
VENUE
Walk & Talk
1:00 PM
Walk & Talk: Chocolate Immersion
Join us on short walk from the Convention Center to Kakawa Chocolate House as owner, Bonnie Bennett, guides us through chocolate's long history. We'll be treated to sample drinking elixirs and several of Kakawa's other delicious chocolate creations. 
2:30 PM
On Stage with Diana Gabaldon, Roxana Robinson and Douglas Preston
Internationally bestselling author Diana Gabaldon, celebrated novelist and short story writer Robinson and bestselling journalist and author Preston discuss the star-studded collaborative novel Fourteen Days. Presented by the Authors Guild.
 
VENUE
Rooms A/B
2:30 PM
On Stage with Javier Zamora
Author of the harrowing memoir Solito, a New York Times Notable Book
In conversation with Demetria Martínez
4:00 PM
On Stage with Hampton Sides
Bestselling master of narrative histories including Blood and Thunder, In the Kingdom of Ice, and the recently released The Wide Wide Sea
In conversation with Mark Bryant
4:00 PM
On Stage with Jenn Shapland and Jamie Figueroa
Two brilliant New Mexico authors—critically acclaimed novelist Figueroa and prizewinning essayist and memoirist Shapland—talk about the power of essay and memoir
In conversation with Marin Sardy
 
VENUE
Rooms A/B
4:00 PM
Spirits Tasting at the Los Poblanos Farm Shop Norte and Author Talk with Cheryl Alters Jamison
Join us on a short walk from the Convention Center to Los Poblanos Farm Shop Norte, where we'll raise a glass of botanical spirits with local treasure and James Beard Award winner Cheryl Alters Jamison.
5:00 PM
Reception
All ticket holders are welcome!
6:00 PM
On the Big Stage with Anne Lamott
Perennial New York Times bestselling author of Bird by Bird and Help, Thanks, Wow and Somehow: Thoughts on Love, released in April.
In conversation with Ellen McGirt
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General Terms

Ticket prices are subject to change.

You agree, as part of your use of this ticketing platform, to release Santa Fe International Literary Festival (SFILF) from any and all damages that may arise from use, including, without limitation, incidental or consequential damages. SFILF is not responsible and shall not be liable for the listings contained within the ticketing platform, including technical inaccuracies or typographical errors notwithstanding our efforts to eliminate them. In the unfortunate event that an author is unable to attend their event due to unforeseen circumstances or illness, SFILF will endeavor to replace that author with another author and tickets will be honored for that event.

Ticket Delivery:

Tickets will be sent to you electronically and you can show your ticket(s) at the event or present a printed copy. If you lose your ticket, please contact us and we will reissue your tickets.

Ticketing Fees:

There is a 6.75% processing fee charged for each purchase ($45 cap), a 3.2% credit card transaction fee, and New Mexico tax added to the ticketing price.

New Mexico Resident Discounts:

Discounted tickets are available for New Mexico residents. When purchasing your ticket, proof of residency (such as a driver's license) may be required in the ticketing process, and must be shown prior to entering a session.

Student / Teacher Ticket Program:

Free tickets are available for students and teachers currently enrolled or working in the New Mexico pre-primary–higher education system. 

Anti-Harassment Policy:

The Santa Fe International Literary Festival strives to create an environment in which people are treated with dignity, decency, and respect. We will not tolerate unlawful discrimination or harassment of any kind. We will seek to prevent, correct, and discipline behavior that violates this policy.

Activities that are prohibited include: offensive verbal comments, physical assault, intimidation, harassment, non-consensual photography or recording, any disruption of the Festival sessions, inappropriate physical contact or unwanted attention to any other Festival guest, author, staff member, or volunteer. These include but are not limited to: actions in relation to race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, body size, disability, appearance, nationality, religion, and pregnancy.

All of the people working at the Festival, whether in paid or volunteer roles, authors, moderators, attendees, press, security, vendors and anyone else present at the Festival are included in this policy and expected to comply with it and to take appropriate measures to ensure that prohibited conduct does not occur.

Anyone who engages in harassing behavior will be subject to prompt action by SFILF staff, including expulsion from the Festival.

We encourage anyone who has been the subject of harassment or witnessed it to report it to SFILF staff. You may visit the welcome desk in the Convention Center lobby and ask to speak to the appropriate staff member. If necessary, we will contact the Santa Fe Police Department and will work to provide a safe place for anyone experiencing harassment for the remainder of the Festival. 

Please do not unnecessarily touch anyone at the Festival and always ask before taking anyone’s photo. We thank you for your help in making SFILF a safe place for everyone involved.

Refund Policy

Tickets, Day Passes, and Weekend Passes are non-refundable. 

Cancellation Policy

In the event that the Santa Fe Convention Center is closed and the event must be canceled, we will accept your tickets as a contribution or issue you a voucher for a future festival. We recommend the purchase of travel insurance, including cancellation insurance for Covid, medical reasons, etc.  One option for refund protection is available for purchase upon checkout. This is provided by a third-party group and is not administered or regulated by SFILF.

Item Transfer Policy

In the unfortunate event that you are unable to attend and you have purchased a Day Ticket or Weekend Ticket, you may transfer your pass to another individual. Notice must be given in writing to tickets@sfinternationallitfest.org, including the name and email address of the recipient. Transfer notice must be made no later than 24 hours prior to the Festival commencing. The recipient agrees to abide by all policies herein.

Age Restriction

General admittance is for individuals age 18 and up. Children age 12 and over are allowed at SFILF when accompanied by an adult. Children under 12 are welcome to designated age-specific activities, when available.

Miscellaneous Policies
  • Vaccine requirements and masks may be required to enter the Festival venue at Santa Fe Convention Center.
  • The use of cameras, recording devices, and cell phones (e.g. calling, texting, apps) is prohibited during sessions. Please turn off or silence all mobile phones.

  • Latecomers and those who exit during a session will be seated at the discretion of SFILF staff and volunteers.

  • The Santa Fe Convention Center is ADA accessible on all levels. Please contact us in advance to let us know your needs.

  • Talking during sessions is strongly discouraged out of respect for the authors, moderators, and other audience members.

  • Smoking is not permitted inside the Santa Fe Convention Center.

  • You are prohibited from bringing into the Santa Fe Convention Center, home to the Santa Fe International Literary Festival, guns or any other weapons, illegal drugs, or alcohol. Attempting to do so will result in forfeiture of your pass or individual session tickets.  

  • In consideration of the health and safety of your pet, animals (with the exception of service dogs) are not permitted in the Convention Center and may not be left outside the premises.

When & Where
May 17, 2024 at 5:00 PM to May 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM MDT
Santa Fe Community Convention Center
201 W Marcy Street
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501
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