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‘Magicians’ trilogy author to teach fall workshop in Aspen

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Lev Grossman, author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller “Magicians” trilogy, will teach an Aspen Words craft workshop Oct. 8 in Basalt.

Open to writers of all levels, the workshop is titled “How to Make Worlds With Words,” and will include a craft talk, accompanying handouts and in-class writing exercises.

Grossman’s “The Magicians,” “The Magician King” and “The Magician’s Land” have been published in 25 countries and inspired a Syfy television series. The trilogy tells the story of Quentin Coldwater, a young man who discovers and attends a college of magic in New York.

In addition to writing fiction, Grossman has been the book critic at Time magazine since 2002, and has been described by the New York Times as “among this country’s smartest and most reliable critics.” His essays and criticism have appeared in the Believer, the Village Voice, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Salon, Slate, Wired, Entertainment Weekly and the Week, among other publications. The recipient of a Deadline award for journalism in 2006, Grossman makes regular appearances on college campuses and as a commentator on NPR.

This will be Grossman’s second Aspen Words event this year; in April, he spoke on a panel for the literary nonprofit’s New York Book Series, held in partnership with the Aspen Institute. His sense of humor and precise craft advice were apparent as he spoke about the art of fictional world building.

“Following the New York event, we were determined to find an opportunity for writers in the Roaring Fork Valley to experience Lev’s magic,” said Aspen Words’ Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur.

The workshop will run 9 a.m. to noon at the Basalt Regional Library. Workshop participants are invited to attend a cocktail reception at the Limelight Hotel Lounge in Aspen that evening.

Registration is $65, open at http://www.aspenwords.org.

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