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Bestselling author and journalist Hampton Sides to speak in Twin Falls, April 11

Author, historian, and journalist Hampton Sides will be the speaker for the 5th Annual Magic Valley Distinguished Humanities LectureHampton Sides and Dinner on Thursday, April 11, 7 p.m. at the Turf Club in Twin Falls. Sides’ latest book, On Desperate Ground, is a chronicle of the extraordinary feats of heroism by Marines called on to do the impossible during the greatest battle of the Korean War. 

Tickets for the dinner lecture are available by clicking HERE or by calling the IHC at 208-345-5346. General tickets are $45, and Benefactor tickets are $75, offering an invitation to a pre-event reception with Sides at a private location at 5 p.m. and seats at the dinner and lecture. IHC always recommends reserving tickets early as the event often sells out. The evening will begin with a no-host reception at 6 p.m. at the Turf Club, 734 Falls Ave. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. with Sides’ talk to follow. Seating is assigned in advance. Sides’ books will be available from Barnes and Noble onsite and he’ll be available for signing afterwards. 

Sides is best-known for his gripping non-fiction adventure stories set in war or depicting epic expeditions of discovery and exploration. He is the author of the bestselling histories Ghost Soldiers, Blood and Thunder, Hellhound on His Trail, and In the Kingdom of Ice.

Sides is editor-at-large for Outside and a frequent contributor to National Geographic and other 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 the 2015 Miller Distinguished Scholar at the Santa Fe Institute and an advisory board member of the Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference and the Author’s Guild. He is also a partner of Atalaya Productions, an independent film company that develops non-fiction and historical stories for the screen. A frequent lecturer, Hampton divides his time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Colorado College, where he teaches narrative non-fiction and serves as Journalist in Residence.



Since 2015, the IHC has brought top historians, journalists, and other prominent writers to Twin Falls for the annual Magic Valley Distinguished Lecture. Previous speakers in Twin Falls include popular novelist Jamie Ford (2015), prolific historian Douglas Brinkley (2016), New York Times columnist and historian Timothy Egan (2017), and Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Jack Ohman in 2018. 


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