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The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced it will celebrate its 30th anniversary by focusing on writers of the North American West. The 2006 Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat & Literary Festival, set for June 24-29, is titled “Voices of the West: Crossing the Great Divide,” and will feature writers and stories centered around the Continental Divide.New to the Aspen Summer Words program for 2006 are the literature appreciation symposia: Literature of the West with Patricia Limerick, director of the Center for the American West at the University of Colorado, Boulder; and Chicano Literature with Luis Torres, professor of Chicano Studies at Metro College. Additional festival speakers will be announced.Faculty members for Aspen Summer Words include Pam Houston, Ted Conover, Amy Bloom, Ron Carlson, Laura Fraser, Christopher Merrill and Gary Ferguson. In all, some 30 authors, literary agents and editors will participate in creative writing workshops, readings, talks and parties and a benefit event.A special addition to the event is a three-day, river writing journey for women, held on the Colorado River. The river tour will feature Colorado writer Page Lambert, and will be led by Moab-based Sherry Griffith Expeditions.To register for a writing workshop, purchase passes for the festival, or for further information, call 925-3122, or go to

The 24th annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen is set for June 16-18. Events include cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, the Grand Tasting and opportunities to meet celebrity chefs and leading wine experts.Among the chefs scheduled to appear at the 2006 Classic are José Andres, Mario Batali, Emeril Lagasse, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Laura Werlin and Jacques and Claudine Pépin. Wine experts set to participate include Joshua Wesson, Steve Olson and Daniel Johnnes.Consumer tickets to the Food & Wine Classic are $875 before March 15, and $975 after. To register, call 1-877-900-WINE (9463), or go to

Jazz Aspen Snowmass is offering its Blind Faith Pass for the 2006 festival season. The $99 Blind Faith Pass allows general admission to all eight days of Jazz Aspen’s two summer festivals: the June Festival, set for June 22-25 under a tent in Aspen’s Rio Grande Park; and the outdoor Labor Day Festival, Sept. 1-4, in Snowmass Town Park.No acts have yet been announced for either festival; program announcements are expected early next year. The 2005 June Festival featured David Byrne, Boz Scaggs and Dianne Reeves. The 2005 Labor Day Festival had John Fogerty, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and two nights of Widespread Panic. Other past June Festival acts include Buddy Guy, the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and Santana; artists appearing at past Labor Day Festivals include Steve Winwood, the Allman Brothers Band and Nickel Creek.The Blind Faith Pass is on sale through Dec. 31 at the Wheeler Opera House box office, or online at For further information, call 920-4996.Also, Jazz Aspen has announced that the second annual Sonoma Jazz + , the festival of food, music and wine that it produces in Sonoma, Calif., is May 25-28. No acts have been set for the festival.

Denver attorney and author Andrew J. Field is the featured guest on Aspen Media Review on Friday, Dec. 23. The locally produced, half-hour program can be heard every Friday at 6:30 p.m. on KAJX-Aspen Public Radio.Field will join Aspen Media Review co-hosts John C. Noonan and Brian O’Neil in discussing his book, “Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629.” The books details the 1955 case of a bomb placed by John Graham in his mother’s luggage, causing 44 deaths. Field will also speak about the slow improvements in airport security over the half-century since.KAJX can be heard at 91.5 FM in Aspen.

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