Writers’ Foundation announces Winter Words
The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has announced the program for its 2006 Winter Words series. The ninth annual series features six events with top writers between January and March.Winter Words opens Jan. 20 at the Given Institute with Charles Mann, award-winning journalist and author of the best-seller “1491,” an examination of the Western hemisphere before Christopher Columbus’ crossing of the Atlantic. Frank McCourt, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the memoir “Angela’s Ashes,” appears Jan. 28 at the Wheeler Opera House. McCourt, who was forced to postpone his scheduled appearance at the Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival due to a sudden, and now resolved, health issue, will discuss his forthcoming memoir, “Teacher Man,” about his 30-year career in the New York public schools.Ann Patchett, the PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author of the novel “Bel Canto,” returns to read from her latest book, “Truth & Beauty: A Friendship,” Feb. 15 at the Given Institute. The new memoir documents Patchett’s relationship with fellow writer Lucy Grealy (“Autobiography of a Face”), who died of cancer in 2002. Lorraine Adams, Pulitzer Prize-winning correspondent and author of the novel “Harbor,” is set for Feb. 23 at the Given Institute.Kent Haruf, who earned a Colorado Book Award for “Eventide,” the sequel to his National Book Award finalist, “Plainsong,” appears March 4 at the Given Institute. The series closes March 18 at a location to be determined with James Patterson, whose last 17 thrillers – including “Kiss the Girls” and “Mary, Mary” – have topped the New York Times best-seller list.Tickets and season subscriptions for Winter Words go on sale Dec. 1. For further information, visit http://www.aspenwriters.org or call 925-3122.
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