Winter Words to bring authors to Aspen
November 13, 2007
ASPEN The Aspen Writers Foundation will present five events in its Winter Words series, beginning in January. All events, featuring a talk and reading, are at 5:30 p.m. in Aspen locations still to be determined.The series opens with Jan. 31 with a return visit by Ann Patchett. Author of the 2002 novel Bel Canto, winner of 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 bestseller The Perfect Storm, will make 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 on 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. Wainiana, 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 set 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.