SHEEP TALES GATHERING
Q&A Post-Presentation with Special Guests
Friday, October 11, 2019
The Argyros, Ketchum
For the 23rd Annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival, we are bringing in Mark Kurlansky to present “Food as Culture.” Mark is a well-known author with such popular books as Cod, Salt and, soon to be released, Salmon. He is one who fully understands stories and how they explain who we are and where we live.
Lamb's popularity as a nutritional, accessible food is growing. And, people are interested in learning more about their food, where it comes from, how it is produced, how to prepare it and how it fits into our larger culture. This event will be about celebrating lamb within our culture.
About Mark Kurlansky
Mark Kurlansky was born in Hartford, Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Theater from Butler University in 1970, and refusing to serve in the military, Kurlansky worked in New York as a playwright, having a number of off-off Broadway productions, and as a playwright-in-residence at Brooklyn College. He won the 1972 Earplay award for best radio play of the year.
He worked many other jobs including as a commercial fisherman, a dock worker, a paralegal, a cook, and a pastry chef.
In the mid 1970s, unhappy with the direction New York theater was taking, he turned to journalism, an early interest–he had been an editor on his high school newspaper. From 1976 to 1991 he worked as a foreign correspondent for The International Herald Tribune, The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, The Philadelphia Inquirer. Based in Paris and then Mexico, he reported on Europe, West Africa, Southeast Asia, Central America, Latin America and the Caribbean.
His articles have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including The International Herald Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Miami Herald, The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, Time Magazine, Partisan Review, Harper’s, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Audubon Magazine, Food & Wine, Gourmet, Bon Apetit and Parade.
He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In addition to numerous guest lectures at Columbia University School of Journalism, Yale University, Colby College, Grinnell College, the University of Dayton and various other schools, he has taught a two week creative writing class in Assisi, Italy, a one week intensive non-fiction workshop in Devon, England for the Arvon Foundation, and has guest lectured all over the world on history, writing, environmental issues, and other subjects. In Spring 2007 he was the Harman writer-in-residence at Baruch College teaching a fourteen week honors course titled “Journalism and the Literary Imagination.” His books have been translated into twenty-five languages and he often illustrates them himself.
He has had 31 books published including fiction, nonfiction, and children's books.
Among the awards he has received are:
2017 Havana named one of top seven travel books of the year by Smithsonian magazine
2015 Junior Library Guild Selection for Frozen In Time
2012 Robert Laxalt Distinguished Writer award from Reynolds School of Journalism, University of Nevada, Reno
2011 National Parenting Publications Awards-- gold award for World Without Fish
2007 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonviolence
2007 Doctor of Letters, Butler University
2006 Bon Appetit Magazine’s Food Writer of the Year.
2005 ALA Notable Book Council Award for 1968: The Year That Rocked The World
2001 Basque Hall of Fame
2001 Honorary ambassadorship from the Basque government
Cod received the 1999 James Beard Award for Food Writing and the 1999 Glenfiddich Award
The children’s book, The Cod’s Tale, received the Orbis Pictus award from the National Council of Teachers of English.
The children’s book, The Story of Salt, received the ALA Notable Book Award
A Continent of Islands and Cod both received The New York Public Library Best Books of the Year Award
Salt received the Pluma Plata award from the Bilbao Book Fair and was a finalist for the
LA Times Science Writing Award and the James Beard food writing award.
1968 received the ALA Notable Book Award
Cod, Salt, 1968, and Food of a Younger Land were all New York Times Best Sellers and along with The Basque History of the World were international best sellers. But, of course, given that Sarah Palin's tome is also a best seller, this seems a dubious laurel.
This program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Idaho Humanities Council, a State-based partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Beer & Cocktails Provided Courtesy of
Warfield Distillery & Brewery