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The Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival is set for June 24-28. The festival, the Writers’ Foundation’s 31st annual summer literature event, will be presented under the theme Africa: The Origin of Stories, and will focus on African authors.Among the writers to appear will be the two recipients of the 2007 Aspen Prize for Literature – Nobel Prize-winning Nigerian playwright Wole Soyinka, and Kenyan novelist-playwright Ngugi Wa Thiong’o – as well as Leila Aboulela, from the Sudan; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, from Nigeria; Binyavanga Wainaina, from Kenya; and Alexandra Fuller, who was born in England, raised in Zimbabwe, and now lives in Wyoming. The writers will appear in panel discussions, author conversations, readings and social events. Henry Louis Gates Jr., chair of Harvard’s African and African American Studies Department, will moderate select events. Most events will take place at Belly Up.Aspen Summer Words will also include a concert by Malian singer, guitarist and songwriter Habib Koité, at Belly Up. Attendees of the festival will also receive a ticket to the June 27 concert by Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Ghanaian drummer Yacub Addy. The concert is co-presented by the Aspen Music Festival and Jazz Aspen Snowmass.Aspen Summer Words also includes the Writing Retreat, featuring workshops in poetry, food writing and magazine writing; meetings with literary agents and more.Tickets for individual events will go on sale May 21 at Belly Up. For festival passes and further information, go to, or call 925-3122.

Jazz Aspen Snowmass has announced its program for the JAS Academy Summer Sessions, set for July 15-25. One of Jazz Aspen’s several educational components, the JAS Academy brings five young combos for a residency and workshops with master musicians, including trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, vocalist Carla Cook, and the Christian McBride Band: keyboardist Geoff Keezer, saxophonist Ron Blake, drummer Terreon Gully, and bassist Christian McBride, the program’s artistic director.The JAS Academy Summer Sessions will also present three public performances. McBride will perform a recital with fellow bassist Edgar Meyer on July 19, and the Pablo Ziegler Trio for New Tango, led by Argentinian-born pianist Ziegler will play July 20. Both concerts are presented in association with the Aspen Music Festival and will be performed at the Music Festival’s Harris Hall. In addition, the JAS Academy will present the annual Ribs & Jazz concert, featuring the student bands, June 23, at a location to be determined.In addition, Jazz Aspen’s annual summer benefit, this year titled JASummerNight Mambo, is set for July 21 at Aspen Base Operations. The event, a fundraiser for Jazz Aspen’s educational programs, will feature the Cuban-born Sandoval and his 18-piece band.For further information on the JAS Academy Summer Sessions and Jazz Aspen’s educational programs, go to

Photo-eye, a magazine and website focused on visual arts publications, has included two books published by the Baldwin Gallery – “alleverythingthatisyou” and “Mask” – on its Best Books of 2006 list.”alleverythingthatisyou” is a catalog of works by brothers Doug and Mike Starn. The book is a portfolio of snowflake images isolated against stark backgrounds. The book, in a limited edition of 1,000 copies, is finished with a unique ink-jet cover featuring one of several different images of the snowflakes.”Mask” is a catalog of the work of Adam Fuss, whose show of the same name was presented at Baldwin Gallery in summer 2005. The images are gelatin silver print photograms of the masks.For a full list of photo-eye’s Best Books of 2006, go to

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