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A Week in the life … of BOOKS

Grandmother Carolyn Barabe reads to her granddaughter Nora Fox at the Pitkin County Library on Wednesday.
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As people across the nation celebrated the right to read as part of Banned Book Week, which wraps up today, Aspen’s literary scene shined similarly bright.

At the Pitkin County Library, little ones embraced the written word with their weekly storytime hours led by longtime children’s librarian Susan Keenan.

At Explore Booksellers, a banned-book reading and discussion was an invigorating reminder of the importance of books — especially those that have been banned or challenged.

And, on Wednesday, Aspen Words made a splash in the publishing world by announcing a new literary prize for influential works of fiction with social impact. The inaugural $35,000 award will be conferred on the author of a novel or short story collection published in English in the U.S. in 2017. Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeer said of the award, “We hope that this prize will elevate the role that fiction can play in illuminating social issues and building compassion around society’s greatest human challenges.”

All of this in just one Week in the Life of books in Aspen.

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