Two books, each featuring a chapter devoted to Boulder and the Conference on World Affairs, have recently been released. Roger Ebert’s Life Itself came out in mid-September and quickly became a New York Times best seller. Austin-based journalist Ellen Sweets' Stirring It Up with Molly Ivins: A Memoir with Recipes is a reflection on food and friendship, including Ivins' experiences in Colorado and at the CWA.
In a chapter entitled "Leisure of the Theory Class" Ebert refers to Boulder as his “hometown in an alternate universe" and chronicles his four decades of participation in the CWA, explaining his devotion to the annual event: "In this lockstep world of sound bites, how refreshing to witness intelligent people actually in spontaneous conversation. It is unusual to listen to people in the act of having new ideas occur to them.”
Ivins attended the CWA over a 25-year period, drawing standing-room only audiences. In the chapter "Colorado Adopts Molly," Ellen Sweets writes, "Molly held a handful of organizations near and dear. One, as we all by now know, was the Texas Observer. Another was the American Civil Liberties Union. But the third was CWA, a festival of ideas...Molly loved the CWA, and it loved her right back, as evidenced by invitations returning her again and again and again.”
The CWA will celebrate its 64th annual gathering April 9-13, 2012, with 100 speakers and performers from all over the country and the globe presenting on 200 non-academic, cross-disciplinary panels, plenary sessions and performances. All events are free and open to the public