Around Aspen: Books and Parties |

Around Aspen: Books and Parties

MEHKay Bucksbaum, center, is congratulated on her book by her neighbors, George and Susan Fesus.

Book signings in Aspen are always very festive affairs. Carolyn (Kay) Bucksbaum signed copies of her memoir, “A Place to Grow: Remembering an Iowa Childhood,” at a gathering during the holidays at Pitkin County Library. The book is a heartwarming story about growing up in Middle America. Kay says she wrote it for her grandchildren, who were on hand for the event. Nicholas Thompson signed copies of his book “The Hawk and The Dove: Paul Nitze and George Keenan and the History of the Cold War” at the Aspen Institute holiday party at the Doerr-Hosier Center. After reading this book I think I understand the Cold War for the first time.And a book signing in late summer was held at Explore Booksellers for Lisa See and her new novel, “Shanghai Girls.” Lisa, who has a second home in Aspen, is part Chinese and she wrote about two Shanghai sisters who were sold into marriage in the 1930s to two Chinese-American men. The book recounts the early days of the Japanese invasion of China and then the struggles the two women have after coming to the United States.The cover story in the current issue of LUXE Magazine is about an Aspen house designed by Larry Yaw and photographed by David Marlow. The article was written by Linda Hayes.Back in the Roaring Fork Valley is Barbara Sophia Ulrych, daughter of Brigitta Heller and Andre Ulrych. Barbara is a featured artist with her Murano glass jewelry at the Redstone Art Gallery, and she will be a featured artist for the “First Friday Art Walk” in Carbondale at the Crystal Glass Gallery. On March 20, Brigitta and Barbara will show their clothing line of 17 years, “B & B Designs,” for the fashion show “New Black is Green” to be held in the Carbondale Theater.Undercurrent … Was saddened to read of the death recently of Freda Glassier. Back in the early 1950s, when we members of the ski-bum generation were trying to buy homes in Aspen … the bank would not loan us any money. Instead our real estate sellers would line us up with downvalley ranchers or old-timers who were the only ones around with any money. We had our mortgage with Freda and Fred Glassier, Gretl Uhl had a mortgage with Albert Duroux, and Ina Claire and Jack McTarnaghan borrowed money for their first house from Mabel Beckerman.

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