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The Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference
July 22-24, 2011

Hilton DFW Lakes Executive Conference Center
Grapevine, Texas

Online registration will be available soon!

The Mayborn Tribe

Ira Glass, the rock star of National Public Radio, harbored grave reservations about speaking at the 2009 Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference. The words "literary nonfiction," he told a Dallas Morning News reporter before his arrival, conjure up images of schoolroom boredom.

But after hanging out at with the Mayborn Tribe of storytellers, Ira had a change of heart that’s now enshrined in my copy of his book, The New Kings of Nonfiction. Ira wrote, “Hey George, I’m so glad you talked me into coming out to your great conference.”

Thanks to Ira, travel writer extraordinaire Paul Theroux and our other speakers, the 2009 Mayborn Conference was more like a literary rock concert than a somber gathering of serious-minded journalists. This summer holds the same promise. With such literary stars as Mark Bowden, Mary Karr, Gary Smith, Madalit del Barco, Bryan Burrough, Hampton Sides, David Grann, Amanda Bennett, Kevin Fedarko, Paula Butturini,  Hannah Allam and many others arriving at the Austin Ranch in Grapevine on July 23 – I have no doubt they’ll be greeted by the most whooped up tribe of storytellers they’ve ever encountered.

If our 2009 conference is any guide, our conferees should get ready to rumble.

Click here to read the rest of the essay by our writer-in-residence, George Getschow.



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