Santa Fe International Literary Festival Hosts Author Talks and More

In a few days, some of the greatest authors will take the stage at the Santa Fe International Literary Festival. There is a magic to this live event which brings together writers and us lucky readers as we hear our literary heroes talk about their life, work, and inspiration. With a full calendar of events that run throughout the weekend of May 17-19, you’ll be pretty busy. 

There are plenty of choices whether you love memoir, fiction, or non-fiction. Get your tickets and prepare to be dazzled. 

Featured Santa Fe International Literary Festival Events

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Patrick Radden Keefe

May 19, 11 a.m.

Patrick Radden Keefe is an investigative journalist known for his work for The New Yorker and as the author of five riveting books of journalism including, Empire of Pain, Say Nothing, and Rogues. Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty was a New York Times bestseller, Baillie Gifford prize-winner and inspired the 2023 hit Netflix series Painkiller

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John Vaillant and William deBuys

May 18, 1 p.m.

Another outstanding non-fiction writer comes to the stage on Saturday as 2023 National Book Award finalist John Vaillant is in conversation with William deBuys. Vaillant is the author of Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World, The Golden Spruce: A Story of Myth, Madness, and Greed, and The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival. deBuys is an author, conservationist, Pulitzer Prize finalist and New Mexico resident. This promises to be a don’t-miss event with two of today’s most outstanding writing talents.


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Javier Zamora and Demetria Martínez

May 19, 2:30 p.m.

Author of the memoir Solito, Javier Zamora is an award-winning author and New York Times bestseller. His debut poetry collection, Unaccompanied, looks at the impact of war and immigration on his family. Demetria Martínez will join Javier on stage. 

Story by Julia Platt Leonard / Photography Courtesy of Santa Fe International Literary Festival

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