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Written wordSummer Words schedule in printThe Aspen Writers’ Foundation has set the dates for its annual Aspen Summer Words Writing Retreat and Literary Festival, and announced the 2007 theme.Aspen Summer Words will be held June 24-28. The Literary Festival will be presented under the theme Africa: The Origin of Stories, and will honor storytellers from or with ties to Africa. Among the African writers to appear will be Kenyan-born Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, whose themes include renouncing colonialism and creating a genuine African literature.Among the writers participating in the Writing Retreat are John Romano, Amy Bloom, Bharti Kirchner, Robert Bausch and Gary Ferguson. Applications to the retreat will be accepted Feb. 1-March 30.The complete Aspen Summer Words lineup will be announced later this month. For further information, go to, or call 925-3122.GastronomyAttend Food & Wine, save farmlandThe 25th annual Food & Wine Magazine Classic at Aspen is set for June 15-17 at various locations throughout Aspen. Discounted consumer passes for the Classic are available through March 14.Among the chefs scheduled to lead cooking demonstrations are Thomas Keller (Secrets From the French Laundry), Jacques Pépin (Cooking Chez Jacques), Mario Batali (The Pleasures of Tuscany), Giada De Laurentiis (Everyday Pasta) and Laura Werlin (World’s Best Cheese).Wine experts presenting seminars include Danny Meyer (Everything Is Coming Up Rosé), Joshua Wesson (The Price Is Right), Mary Ewing-Mulligan (Tuscany’s Classic Trio), Linda Murphy (Great Vineyards of California) and Richard Nalley (The Artisan’s Hand).Other events include the Sommelier Challenge, with Food & Wine executive editor Lettie Teague; the Classic Cook-Off, with Sissy Biggers; and Reserve Wine Tastings.In celebration of its 25th anniversary, Food & Wine has launched a campaign to raise $1 million for Farm to Table, a national effort to preserve farmlands and encourage sustainable agriculture. Food & Wine will donate 4 percent of all Classic tickets sold to the initiative, and will host campaign activities during the event.To register, or for further information, go to, or call 1-877-900-WINE (9463).Visual artsHunt for Anderson Ranch head finds O’HanianThe Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village announced this week that it has selected Hunter O’Hanian to be its new president. O’Hanian’s hiring becomes effective this month.O’Hanian replaces Jim Baker as head of Anderson Ranch, an internationally recognized arts institution that offers workshops, residencies and seminars in a variety of visual arts disciplines. Baker resigned last winter after an 11-year tenure as Anderson Ranch’s executive director.O’Hanian has served since 1997 as executive director of the Fine Arts Work Center, in Provincetown, Mass. Prior to taking that position, O’Hanian had been a partner with the Boston law firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, a law degree from Suffolk University of Law, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the Art Institute of Boston. O’Hanian has been a regular instructor in Boston University’s Graduate Arts Administration Program, and is a former chair of the board of trustees at the Art Institute of Boston.O’Hanian was the unanimous choice of a search committee comprising current and former Anderson Ranch board members and senior staff members.