Author William Finnegan will be in conversation with Charlie MacArthur.
William Finnegan has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1987. He has reported from South Africa, Mozambique, Somalia, Sudan, Mexico, Central America, South America, Spain, Britain, Australia, Madagascar, Ukraine, Moldova, the Gulf States and the Balkans, as well as from many places in the United States. He has written primarily about politics, war, poverty, race, U.S. foreign policy, organized crime, globalization and surfing. He is the author of five books. His work has won many awards, including two Overseas Press Club awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Autobiography for his best-selling memoir, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
Charlie MacArthur has been teaching skiing for 37 years for the Aspen Skiing Company. A ski area trainer and examiner for alpine and telemark, he was selected for America’s elite teaching group, the PSIA Nordic team, from 2008 to 2012, and the PSIA alpine demonstration team, from 2000 to 2004. In the summer, MacArthur runs Aspen Kayak and Stand Up Paddle. With a background in downriver kayak racing, adventure racing and stand up paddle racing, he has been certifying and coaching students and instructors in river running, freestyle and racing techniques since 1990. He also works with C4 Waterman, a water sports equipment company, to test and develop river-specific stand up boards. MacArthur grew up in Los Angeles and spent summers in Hawaii. He lives in Aspen with his wife and daughter.