Literary Luncheon at La Quinta

Join us for the inaugural Literary Luncheon at La Quinta with New York Times bestselling author Hampton Sides. Sides, a featured author at this year’s Santa Fe International Literary Festival (May 17-19, 2024) will speak about his newest book, The Wide, Wide Sea (published April 9, 2024 by Penguin Random House), an epic account of the most momentous voyage, which culminated in Captain James Cook’s death in Hawaii, and left a complex and controversial legacy still debated to this day. At once a ferociously-paced story of adventure on the high seas and a searching examination of the complexities and consequences of the Age of Exploration, Sides’ new book  is a major work from one of our finest narrative nonfiction writers. Following the book talk, a light three-course lunch will be served in the La Quinta Ballroom and guests will have the chance to meet with and purchase signed books from the author. 

  • 11 AM Registration and book sales table opens
  • 11:30 AM Talk begins in the Ballroom  (30 minutes, followed by Q&A)
  • 12:15 PM Lunch is served in the Ballroom
  • 1 PM Book sales/signing table reopens
  • 1:30 PM Event concludes 

$65 per person which includes a three-course lunch (alcohol excluded).

Presented in collaboration with the Santa Fe International Literary Festival.


La Quinta Cultural Center

Please park on the south side of the property, following the signs to the front lawn entrance.

Reserve Your Space

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2024Hampton Sides, 11 AM - 1:30 PM

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Speaker Bio

Hampton Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of exploration. He is the author of the bestselling narrative histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound On His Trail, In the Kingdom of Ice, and On Desperate Ground. His most recent work,The Wide Wide Sea: Imperial Ambition, First Contact and the Fateful Final Voyage of Captain James Cook, will be published in April 2024 from Doubleday. Hampton has been a contributor to Outside, National Geographic, Smithsonian, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and many other newspapers and magazines. His journalistic work, collected in numerous published anthologies, has been twice nominated for National Magazine Awards for feature writing. A native of Memphis and a Yale graduate, Hampton is a board member of the Society of American Historians and the Author’s Guild, and he was a recent Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute. He has been a resident fellow at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Aspen Institute, the Ucross Foundation, and Stanford University. He has an honorary doctorate in humane letters from Colorado College. Hampton lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Photo credit Caitlyn Ottinger