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Aspen Summers Words announces lineup

Aspen Times staff report
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ASPEN – The Aspen Writers’ Foundation announced this week that its 34th annual Aspen Summers Words Festival will focus on literature of the South.

Titled “Crossroads: A Literary Intersection of the American South,” the event will be held June 20-25 at the Doerr-Hosier Center in Aspen.

Confirmed authors include Ernest J. Gaines, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated “A Lesson Before Dying,” and the recipient of the 2010 Aspen Prize for Literature; author of the No. 1 New York Times best-selling novel, “The Help,” Kathryn Stockett; National Book Award finalist and best-selling author of “Bastard Out of Carolina,” Dorothy Allison; past chancellor of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and Pen/Faulkner nominated author of “Peace,” Richard Bausch; critically acclaimed poet and author of “Serena,” a New York Times Notable Book of the year, Ron Rash; award-winning poet and the recipient of the PEN American Open Book Award, Nikky Finney; prize-winning author of five books, including “Let the Dead Bury Their Dead,” Randall Kenan; and president and CEO of The Aspen Institute and the author of three works of historical nonfiction, Walter Isaacson.

The AWF’s Writer-in-Residence and 2009 National Book Award winner, Colum McCann, will also participate in select Festival events.

Aspen Summer Words Festival passes (guaranteed entry to all Festival events) are $150 for retreat students and members of the AWF and Aspen Institute, and $200 for individuals, and may be purchased through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House:, (970) 920-5770 or (866) 449-0464.

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