17 episodes

Welcome to Beyond the Page: The Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Over the past 25 years, SVWC has become the gold standard of American literary festivals, bringing together contemporary writing's brightest stars for their view of the world through a literary lens. Every month, Beyond the Page will curate and distill the best talks from the past quarter century at the Writers’ Conference, giving you a front row seat on the kind of knowledge, inspiration, laughter, and meaning that Sun Valley has come to be known for.

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    • 4.5 • 15 Ratings

Welcome to Beyond the Page: The Best of the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. Over the past 25 years, SVWC has become the gold standard of American literary festivals, bringing together contemporary writing's brightest stars for their view of the world through a literary lens. Every month, Beyond the Page will curate and distill the best talks from the past quarter century at the Writers’ Conference, giving you a front row seat on the kind of knowledge, inspiration, laughter, and meaning that Sun Valley has come to be known for.

    Roger McNamee on the Incompatibility of Social Media and Democracy

    Roger McNamee on the Incompatibility of Social Media and Democracy

    Join us for a conversation with ROGER MCNAMEE, the noted tech venture capitalist, early mentor to Mark Zuckerberg, and Facebook investor, who went from being a founding supporter of the world’s biggest and most profitable social media company to becoming one of its most influential critics. There is nothing the charismatic McNamee won’t discuss about Facebook's business model and practices, including his own adventures at the birth of Big Tech. 
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    • 45 min
    Isabel Allende on the Stories of Refugees Known and Imagined

    Isabel Allende on the Stories of Refugees Known and Imagined

    In this episode, internationally beloved author ISABEL ALLENDE, sits down virtually with her good friend, PBS/NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown, to discuss her latest novel “A LONG PETAL OF THE SEA.” Along the way, she brings us closer to the upheavals of the Spanish Civil War; Chile during Pinochet’s military dictatorship; the stories of refugees known and imagined; and, of course, the art of fiction.
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    • 35 min
    Ayad Akhtar: Finding a Voice to Address the American 'Us'

    Ayad Akhtar: Finding a Voice to Address the American 'Us'

    In this episode of Beyond the Page, host John Burnham Schwartz talks with Ayad Akhtar, the new president of PEN America and author of Homeland Elegies, about the uncanny experience of writing his latest novel.
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    • 48 min
    Susan Orlean: On the Eccentric Nature of Curiosity

    Susan Orlean: On the Eccentric Nature of Curiosity

    In this episode of BEYOND THE PAGE, host John Burnham Schwartz talks with SUSAN ORLEAN, longtime New Yorker staff writer and bestselling author of The Library Book and The Orchid Thief, about libraries and memory, about the eccentric nature of curiosity, and about the journalistic surprises and personal satisfactions of finally writing her own story.
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    • 30 min
    The Red Daughter: The Remarkable Life of Stalin’s Daughter

    The Red Daughter: The Remarkable Life of Stalin’s Daughter

    In his sixth novel, The Red Daughter, novelist (and regular Beyond the Page host, JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ imaginatively inhabits the life of Svetlana Alliluyeva (1926 – 2011), the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, who in his three decades as the tyrannical ruler of the Soviet Union was responsible for the deaths of far more than twenty million people. At the height of the Cold War, Svetlana became the most important Soviet citizen ever to defect to the West, arriving in New York to throngs of reporters and a nation hungry to hear her story. By her side was a young lawyer sent by the CIA to smuggle her into America. That lawyer was John Burnham Schwartz’s father. In this episode of Beyond the Page, moving between excerpts from his talk at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference and a conversation with New Yorker Staff Writer Larissa MaFarqhuhar, Schwartz recreates for us the story of an extraordinary, troubled woman’s search for a new life and a place to belong.

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    • 41 min
    Roger Wilkins: “Bearing Witness”

    Roger Wilkins: “Bearing Witness”

    In 2002, the late civil rights champion Roger Wilkins gave one of the most memorable talks ever given at the Writers’ Conference.
    Roger’s great grandfather was a slave. Two generations later, Roger’s uncle, Roy Wilkins, became the legendary leader of the NAACP for over two decades. Three generations removed from the Mississippi slave fields, Roger Wilkins played pivotal roles in the civil rights advancements of both the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, and later, as author, columnist, and professor, became a powerful voice of advocacy and hope for Black people in America.
    In the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and other black Americans, and in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement, the words of Roger Wilkins, who died in 2017 at the age of 85, have never sounded more relevant, or vital, to the conversation about what kind of great nation America was meant to be, and must still become.
     
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
15 Ratings

15 Ratings

Camasoge ,

Mitch Landrieu

Very moving story about New Orleans’ past and present. Mitch Landrieu is an inspiration. Crisp, well-edited, and worth your time!

KellyA310 ,

The next best thing to being there

If you haven’t attended the Sun Valley Writers Conference - and even if you have - this is a must-listen podcast if you want to be entertained, inspired and moved. Superbly edited and thoughtfully narrated. I will eagerly be awaiting the next and all future episodes. Bravo and thank you SVWC!

STSnyder12 ,

Keep them coming

Fascinating and concise exploration of such a big idea. Looking forward to more.

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