Aspen Writers Foundation announces Winter Words
ASPEN The Aspen Writers Foundation will present six events in its 2009 Winter Words series. Each event will feature a reading and talk by the author, a Q&A session, and a book-signing.The 12th annual series of author events opens Jan. 29 with Scott Turow, whose legal thrillers include his 1987 debut novel, Presumed Innocent, and 2006s Limitations. A practicing attorney and a past president of the Authors Guild, Turow has also written nonfiction books, including 2003s Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyers Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty.Poet Jane Hirshfield, whose 2001 collection Given Sugar, Given Salt was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, is set for Feb. 5. Canadian-born novelist Sara Gruen, whose works include the 2006 historical romance Water for Elephants and the forthcoming Ape House, centered around the bonobo apes, will appear March 5.Jeffrey Eugenides, whose 2002 novel Middlesex earned the Pulitzer Prize, and whose 1993 debut The Virgin Suicides was adapted to film, is scheduled for March 18. Andrew Sean Greer, whose novels include the 2004 bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli and this years The Story of a Marriage, set in America during the Korean War, appears on March 26.The Winter Words series closes April 2 with Augusten Burroughs, whose 2002 memoir Running with Scissors was adapted into the 2006 film. Burroughs new book, published in April, is A Wolf at the Table, a memoir about his often turbulent relationship with his father.All Winter Words events are at 5:30 p.m., with event locations to be announced. Tickets, as well as discounted season subscriptions, go on sale Dec. 5 through the Wheeler Opera Houses Aspen Show Tickets.For further information on the Aspen Writers Foundation and its programs, go to aspenwriters.org.
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