Aspen Winter Words lineup set
ASPEN – The Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s schedule of winter happenings doesn’t begin till Dec. 16 – a good thing, since there is plenty of reading to be done in preparation.This year’s winter program, including the 14th annual Winter Words series, presents an ample lineup of 13 events, with such writers as Tobias Wolff, Colum McCann, Terry Tempest Williams, Ethan Canin and Joyce Maynard scheduled to make appearances.The Winter Words series, which features readings, talks and Q&A sessions, opens Jan. 5 with essayist Terry Tempest Williams, whose 1991 memoir “Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place,” is a classic of environmental literature.An event with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, and rock musician and lyricist, Paul Muldoon is set for Jan. 27. Muldoon will be interviewed by Writers’ Foundation writer-in-residence Colum McCann, whose “Let the Great World Spin,” earned the 2009 National Book Award.Irish-born Canadian resident Emma Donoghue, whose novel “Room” made the short list for the Man Booker Prize, will appear Feb. 23. Ethan Canin, whose novels include “America America” and “Carry Me Across the Water,” is scheduled for March 16.Winter Words concludes March 24 with best-selling memoirist Joyce Maynard, whose novel “To Die For” was made into the 1995 film directed by Gus Van Sant and starring Nicole Kidman.In addition to Winter Words, the Writers’ Foundation presents a handful of bonus events over the winter.Aspen journalist Mark Seal, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, will make an appearance on Dec. 16. David Wroblewski, a Colorado resident who work-shopped his breakthrough novel, “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle,” at the Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words, will appear Jan. 6 in an event co-presented by the Aspen Art Museum.The Cabinet of Wonders, hosted by musician and novelist John Wesley Harding, is set for Jan. 30. Also set to appear in the literary variety show are comedian Eugene Mirman, novelist Colson Whitehead and Paul Muldoon. On Jan. 31, Harding will appear in a writer’s event.The Story Swap story-and-art exhibition, presented with the Red Brick Center of the Arts, opens with a reception on Feb. 4. Andrew Sean Greer, whose novels include “The Story of a Marriage” and “The Confessions of Max Tivoli,” is set for Feb. 10. Ishmael Beah, who earned acclaim for “A Long Way Gone,” a memoir about his experience as a boy soldier in Sierra Leone, appears on Feb. 17.Tobias Wolff, a novelist and memoirist whose works include “Old School” and “This Boy’s Life,” is set for March 7.In addition, there will be events involving the Great Read community reading program. The Great Read selection is F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.”For further information, including times and locations for the events, go to firstname.lastname@example.org
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