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.
Anderson Ranch Arts Center has announced a new program, the Art Educator Institute, which will be launched this coming summer. The program is designed for art educators teaching in grades kindergarten through 12 to think about their dual identities as artists and teachers. The inaugural Art Educator Institute is set for June 28-July 3 at Anderson Ranchs Snowmass Village campus.The Art Educator Institute will bring together 15 participants from around the country. The artists/educators will have extensive studio time to focus on artmaking, and there will be seminar sessions under the theme, Mapping Out World: Intersections from the Studio to the Classroom, led by artist/educator Cynthia Weiss. Each participant will enroll in one of six workshop disciplines: painting and drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography and digital media, or woodworking.The Art Educator Institute is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which will cover most of the expenses for each participant. Graduate credits can be earned through Mesa State College for attendance at the Institute.The deadline for applications is Jan. 29. For further information, go to andersonranch.org, or call Sarabeth Berk at 923-3181, ext. 204 or send e-mail to email@example.com.
Aspen Film has announced a partial program for its Academy Screenings. The 18th annual Academy Screenings, featuring films considered Oscar contenders, runs Dec. 21-Jan. 3 at Paepcke Auditorium, and will include 22 films.Among the movies to be screened are The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald and starring Brad Pitt as a man who ages backward; Revolutionary Road, director Sam Mendes drama about a struggling young couple (Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio) in 1950s Connecticut; and Defiance, about three Jewish brothers who build a forest village to protect themselves from the Nazis.Also: Gran Torino, director Clint Eastwoods story of a Korean War veteran who tried to reform his teenage neighbor; Frost/Nixon, an adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play about David Frosts 1977 televised interview of Richard Nixon, starring Michael Sheen as Frost and Frank Langella as Nixon; and director Gus Van Sants Milk, a biopic starring Sean Penn as the openly gay San Francisco supervisor, Harvey Milk.A full program, including additional titles and screening dates, will be released in early December. For further information, go to aspenfilm.org.
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