IF Lineup of Artists, Scientists, Media Types Announced

Time to get excited about the 2009 Idea Festival and start figuring out which sessions you want to attend.

My favorites, or at least the ones I’ve heard of, are author A.J. Jacobs and “Kitchen Confidential” author Anthony Bourdain.

Jacobs is a regular contributor to Esquire, and has written a pair of really intriguing books — “The Know-it-All” is about his year spent reading the Encyclopedia Britannica, and “The Year of Living Biblically” which pretty much explains itself. If you haven’t read Bourdain’s book, you don’t know what really goes on in the kitchens at restaurants.

But the great thing about the IF is all the smart and talented folks you’ve never heard of — the scientists, the artists, the filmmakers, the writers. Oh, yeah, and the ideas. Check out the roundup in the Herald-Leader story. And the Idea Festival link for everything in the Sept. 23-26 event.