Around Aspen: Creations |

Around Aspen: Creations

MEHAt his book signing for "Moonlight Over Pearl" at Explore Booksellers, Paul Andersen talks with Paula Paepcke Zurcher.

Aspen is noteworthy for the number of talented people who live here or have lived here. It seems like the place just makes people create.

Recently two writers who formerly worked as reporters at The Aspen Times held book signings at Explore BookSellers for their new publications. Paul Andersen talked about his book, “Moonlight Over Pearl,” which includes 10 stories about Aspen, either set in the backcountry, which Paul loves, or at the Aspen Institute, where he leads many naturalistic tours. Paul is now an Aspen Times columnist; his column appears every Monday.

Ted Conover no longer lives in Aspen but in Brooklyn, N.Y. He not only writes books but teaches at New York University. He worked as a reporter at The Aspen Times back in the 1980s and has published several books including “Rolling Nowhere,” “Coyotes,” and “Whiteout: Lost in Aspen,” which recounts many of his experiences while working at the Times. His book “Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing” was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. In a recent appearance at Explore, he talked about his new book, “Routes of Man: How roads are changing the world and the way we live today.” This book, which received a write-up on the front page of the book section of The New York Times, describes Ted’s experiences while traveling six roads around the world. After the book signing a dinner party was held at the home of Ted’s sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jody Guralnick and Michael Lipkin. Ted is married to Jody’s sister, Margot Guralnick.

The late Nicholas DeVore was a freelance photographer doing many shoots for National Geographic, Fortune, Life and Geo. He was a member of Photographers Aspen, comprised of David Hiser, Paul Chesley and Jonathan Wright. His widow, Karinjo DeVore, recently opened a show of Nicholas’ work at her DeVore Gallery. Giving a talk about Nicholas, his life and his work was longtime family friend, Robert Lehrman.

Aspenites through the years have written books. Someone recently sent me a clipping about “Too Near the Sun,” written by longtime Aspenite Gordon Forbes. Gordon wrote it while living in Santa Barbara, Calif., and it was a scandalous “roman à clef” in which certain local citizens were held up to ridicule.

After working in Aspen restaurants some 30 years, Bruce Meyer has opened his own eatery called Chicago Dogs on 6th Street in Glenwood Springs. He features all kinds of specialty hot dogs, roast beef sandwiches and Italian sausage goodies. The restaurant is located on that curve just before crossing the bridge over the Colorado River.

Undercurrent … Suddenly pussy willows have popped out on the aspen trees.

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