Writers Foundation announces Winter WordsThe Aspen Writers Foundation will present five events in its Winter Words series. All events, featuring a talk and reading, are at 5:30 p.m. in Aspen. Locations are still to be determined.The series opens Jan. 31 with a return visit by Ann Patchett, author of the 2002 novel Bel Canto, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and of the memoir Truth & Beauty: A Friendship. Patchetts latest book is Run, a novel about a Boston family that takes place over 24 hours.Sebastian Junger, author of the 1997 nonfiction adventure best-seller The Perfect Storm, is set for a Feb. 7 appearance. His latest book is last years A Death in Belmont, an investigation into a 1960s murder that Junger suggests may have been committed by Albert DeSalvo, the Boston Strangler.African writers Ishmael Beah and Binyavanga Wainaina appear together Feb. 22. Beah is the best-selling author of the recent A Long Way Gone, a memoir of his time as a child soldier in Sierra Leones civil war. Wainaina, from Kenya, is a journalist and author who founded the literary journal, Kwani?Amy Bloom, whose works include the nonfiction study Normal: Transsexual CEOs, Cross-dressing Cops, and Hermaphrodites with Attitude; the short-story collection A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You; and the recent novel Away, about an immigrant womans search for her daughter, is scheduled for Feb. 26.The series concludes March 6 with Richard Russo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the novels Empire Falls, Nobodys Fool and the recent Bridge of Sighs, set in a run-down town in upstate New York.Each event will be followed by an Author Salon reception for Aspen Writers Foundation members.For further information on the Aspen Writers Foundation, go to http://www.aspenwriters.org.Music Festival announces Winter RecitalsThe Aspen Music Festival and Schools Winter Recital Series will present five concerts this upcoming season.The series opens Feb. 12 with the husband-and-wife duo of cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han. Finckel, a member of the Emerson String Quartet, and Wu Han will perform a program of Schubert, Webern, Beethoven and Brahms.Polish-born, Paris-based pianist Piotr Anderszewski, who made his Aspen debut with a Winter Recital appearance two years ago, returns to the series with a performance Feb. 20. The program will feature works by Bach, Beethoven and Mozart. Pianist Emanuel Ax makes his first Aspen appearance in several years on Feb. 26, performing works by Schumann and Beethoven. A past winner of the Arthur Rubinstein International Piano Competition and the Avery Fisher Prize, Ax has earned seven Grammy Awards, for Best Chamber Music Performance and Best Instrumental Soloist Performance.English pianist Stephen Hough, who in 2001 became the first classical musician to be awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, performs works by Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt on March 6. The series closes March 10 with violinist Leila Josefowicz, accompanied on piano by John Novacek, performing pieces by Brahms, Schubert and others.All concerts in the Winter Recital Series are at 7:30 p.m. at Harris Concert Hall in Aspen. For information on tickets, including the discounted season subscription, go to http://www.aspenmusicfestival.com or call 925-9042.
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