About Us

Welcome to the Jackson Hole Book Festival!

JHBF celebrates books, authors, and readers to inspire conversation, deepen understanding, and enrich the connections within the community. This one-day event will highlight the nexus of readers and writers, and, in cooperation with the JH Writers Conference, Teton County School District #1, Wilson Book Gallery, Book Trader, and Valley Bookstore, create a spiritual connection that leads to an annual literary celebration in the Valley.

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Meet the Founders

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Kathleen Brown

Kathleen Brown currently consults on human resources, business operations and strategy with various organizations. She is the former Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) of eviCore healthcare, a subsidiary of Cigna. Locally, Kathleen is a board director of Community Safety Network and Coombs Outdoors. She is also a trustee and business mentor to entrepreneurial start-ups within the Silicon Couloir organization.

In Jackson, you’ll find Kathleen on the slopes in winter (or on a cross country skiing trail) and hiking in the mountains in summer.

My mother instilled in me a love for books, and shared the secret that 'books are your friends.' As we continue to see isolation and loneliness in our communities, I want the Book Festival to open up new ideas, dreams and introduce new 'friends' to all.

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Sharon Felzer

Sharon Felzer is the former head of the Strategic Insights Group at the World Bank Group. Sharon now advises and guides clients on how to use insights and evidence to understand their stakeholders, drive meaningful strategies, inspire creativity, and find solutions.

Sharon loves to hike, bike, and run the summer months away. The first hike that she ever did in the Tetons many decades ago—Surprise Lake—remains her favorite.

I love books. I love to stare at my books on the shelves. Book festivals celebrate everything that I love about books. They generate ideas, inspire creativity, and produce the best conversations. Most important to me, they bring all kinds of people together through their wisdom and insights. I can’t remember a time when conversation for the community has been more essential than it is now.

Kathleen Brown

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