Sy Montgomery – A naturalist, author and scriptwriter who writes for children as well as adults. She is author of 28 books, including The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness, which was a finalist for the 2015 National Book Award for Nonfiction and was on The New York Times Best Seller list. Her most popular book is The Good Good Pig, the bestselling memoir of life with her pig, Christopher Hogwood. Her other notable titles include Journey of the Pink Dolphins, Spell of the Tiger, and Search for the Golden Moon Bear. She has been described as “part Indiana Jones, part Emily Dickinson”. Her book for children, Quest for the Tree Kangaroo: An Expedition to the Cloud Forest of New Guinea was the recipient of the 2007 Orbis Pictus Award and was selected as an Honor book for the Sibert Medal.
Ben Mikaelson – Author Ben Mikaelsen, has won the International Reading Association Award andthe Western Writer’s Golden Spur Award. In addition, his novels have won many state Reader’s Choice awards. These novels include Rescue Josh McGuire, Sparrow Hawk Red, Stranded, Countdown, Petey, Touching Spirit Bear, Red Midnight, Tree Girl and Ghost of Spirit Bear. His novels, Rescue Josh McGuire, Petey and Touching Spirit Bear have also been optioned for screen use. Ben’s articles and photos have appeared in numerous magazines around the world. His novels have been carried by Scholastic and Troll book fairs, and are recorded on unabridged audio tape with recorded books. Recently Ben was featured nationally on Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures and also on German national TV.Andrew Nikiforuk – A Canadian journalist who has won multiple National Magazine Awards. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Alberta Views, Equinox, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Family, and in both national newspapers.
Andrew Nikiforuk – A Canadian journalist who has won multiple National Magazine Awards. His work has appeared in Saturday Night, Maclean’s, Canadian Business, Report on Business, Chatelaine, Alberta Views, Equinox, Alternatives Journal and Canadian Family, and in both national newspapers.
Harry Blazer – Blazer describes himself as a revolutionary at heart who has a knack for envisioning and manifesting the non-possible (that which was formerly regarded as unattainable). He views food as one of the last levers remaining to maintain human freedom, to resist the multifarious mechanisms of control that are producing great headwinds against the creation of true wealth. And indeed, the world needs a revolutionary approach to the way we grow and sell our food.
Medley Performers – To be announced.
Craig Childs – Childs is known for following ancient migration routes on foot, pursuing early Pueblo passages across the Southwest and most recently the paths of first peoples into the Americas during the Ice Age. He has published more than a dozen books of adventure, wilderness, and science. His new book, ATLAS OF A LOST WORLD: TRAVELS IN ICE AGE AMERICA, examines the dynamics of people moving into an uninhabited hemisphere in the late Pleistocene, documenting arrivals from Alaska to Florida to southern Chile. He has won the Orion Book Award and has twice won the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award, the Galen Rowell Art of Adventure Award, and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work. He is contributing editor at Adventure Journal Quarterly, and his writing has appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men’s Journal, and Outside. The New York Times says “Childs’s feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he’s a modern-day desert father.”
Marko Prezelj – These pictures say it all…..
Bryant Austin – Mostly known for creating life-size photographs of whales, with an emphasis on the inquisitive expressions of their eye. He creates photos with the awareness that every photograph taken throughout history, is a self-portrait of the cosmos. It is this feeling of connectedness that he seek to convey through every photograph. His new work reveals the sun’s surface in vivid detail, as viewed through Earth’s varied atmospheric states. Dramatic landscape elements anchor the experience to challenge our perceptions of reality and our place within an infinite void. The process is complex and often requires the use of three telescopes equipped with infrared cameras and a monochrome video camera with scientific filters. This equipment is often backpacked in the Sierras to capture Sun/Earth interactions that occur only a few moments each year. Following his father’s death in 2015 and a near death experience of his own a few months later, he felt compelled to explore the oneness he felt with whales through other subjects. His creative journey revealed an avenue for deeper connection to the cosmos, personal transcendence, and peace of mind.