This has been quite the season for local authors to publish books and have book signings.The Aspen Writers’ Foundation gave a book launch at the Little Red Ski Haus for Aspen author Catherine O’Connell, who wrote “Well Bred and Dead,” a high-society mystery. Catherine had several book signings – at the Aspen Mountain Club, at Barnes & Noble in Aurora, at Murder by the Book in Denver and at High Crimes in Boulder. Then it was on to Chicago for three weeks of promotion, which is only natural because the book is set in Chicago and Catherine hails from there.
Mark Seal was guest of honor at a book signing at J. Mendel that was hosted by J. Mendel Boutique and Aspen Magazine. Mark’s book is titled “Celebrated Weekends: The Stars’ Guide to 50 of the Most Exciting Cities in the World.” He interviewed many celebritites and reported on where they love to travel and where they eat, shop, stay and play in their favorite places. Kevin Costner and Lyle Lovett both write about Aspen. Just some of the others: Don Cheadle wrote about Denver, Andre Agassi wrote about Las Vegas, Jodie Foster wrote about Berlin, Michael Douglas wrote about Bermuda, Jimmy Buffett wrote about a Caribbean tour, and Gwyneth Paltrow wrote about Madrid. Mark is also a contributing editor and writer for Vanity Fair magazine. He used to live in Austin, Texas, but Aspen is now his full-time home. His wife, Laura Blocker, has the Paris Underground boutique here.The Durrance Sport Shop hosted a book signing for John Fry, whose book, “The Story of Modern Skiing,” is a fabulous collection of all kinds of history about the ski industry and ski personalities. John was editor for many years of Ski magazine, and he founded and was editor for Snow Country magazine. John lives on the East Coast but has spent much time in Aspen.Author Lisa See gave a lecture and a book signing at the Given Institute for the Aspen Writers’ Foundation. Lisa’s latest novel is “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan,” and she also is the author of “Flower Net” and “Dragon Bones.” She told me she has had a home in Aspen for 18 years and divides her time between Aspen and Los Angeles.Judy Carmichael, the jazz pianist and longtime Aspen visitor (Judy was the first to bring jazz to the Wheeler Opera House) has a new venture with PetStyle.com, a dog and cat Internet community with features and video downloads on everything to keep animal-lovers informed and connected. Starting in June 2007, she will host and prduce “Petstyle Radio,” featuring pieces on everything from circus cats to rescue dogs. Judy is the longtime host and producer of Public Radio’s “Judy Carmichael’s Jazz Inspired,” exploring how jazz inspired creative people. Guests have included Robert Redford, Billy Joel, and Frank Gehry.
In a recent conversation with Judy she commented, “I’ve always been fascinated with the great folks of SAR [Search and Rescue dogs] and also the Krabloonik dogs, so when PetStyle approached me, I knew these would be among my first stories.” She recently visited Aspen to produce these stories and also spent time with Aspen’s own canine celebrity, Fraser, and his partner in good deeds and children’s books, Jill Sheeley.Undercurrent … Sometimes it seems that there are more yellow labs in Aspen than people.
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