Winter Words lineup features Walter, Trethewey, Packer, Lewis and Ozeki |

Winter Words lineup features Walter, Trethewey, Packer, Lewis and Ozeki

Natasha Trethewey
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What: Winter Words, presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation

When: Dec. 2 – Apr. 14

Where: Paepcke Auditorium

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Tickets: Wheeler Opera House Box Office;

A pair of leading investigative journalists, two acclaimed novelists and a U.S. Poet Laureate make up the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s 2014-15 Winter Words lineup, with events running from early December through mid-April in Aspen.

The local nonprofit’s winter series opens with novelist Jess Walter on Dec. 2. A National Book Award finalist and winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award, Walter’s most recent book is the story collection “We Live in Water,” published last year. His highly praised and best-selling 2012 novel, “Beautiful Ruins,” was selected as the best book of the year by Esquire and NPR’s “Fresh Air.” In 2006, Walter was a National Book Award finalist for his novel “The Zero.”

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will give a reading on Jan. 6. Trethewey served as laureate from 2012 through 2014 and won the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for “Native Guard” (2006). A professor at Emory University, Trethewey’s most recent collection of poems is 2012’s “Thrall.”

The New Yorker staff writer and National Book Award-winning author George Packer comes to Winter Words Feb. 10. Packer is best known for his 2005 book “The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq” and last year’s “The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America,” for which he won the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

The popular and perennially best-selling journalist Michael Lewis will be featured in a Winter Words event on March 12. Lewis is the author, most recently, of “Flash Boys,” an investigation of high-frequency Wall Street trading. His books also include “Liar’s Poker,” “Moneyball,” “The Blind Side” and “The Big Short.”

Winter Words closes Apr. 14 with novelist Ruth Ozeki. Her most recent book is 2013’s acclaimed “A Tale for the Time Being,” which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was short-listed for both the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award.

All of the Winter Words events will be held at 6 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus.

Winter Words season passes go on sale Thursday, Oct. 30 at and the Wheeler Opera House box office.

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