Love books and contemporary fiction? If you happen to be in the vicinity of Aspen this winter evening, there’s a book lover’s paradise awaiting: The ski town’s annual Winter Words series continues tonight at 6 p.m. with a conversation between the talented novelist Karen Russell, whose Swamplandia! earned her a spot on the Pulitzer finalists’ list and a nomination for the Orange Award, and Russell’s friend and colleague Elissa Schappell, author of Blueprints for Building Better Girls and editor-at-large for the Tin House literary magazine.
Russell, who once said in a Book Browse interview, “I heard Nicole Krauss recently compare novel writing to something along the lines of ‘breaking all of your bones and stitching them together again,’ which I think suggests the incredible transformations that a book can go through from conception to the final draft,” is certain to have some life-changing reflections on the writer’s life; Schappell, whose professional juggling act keeps her on the brink of what’s happening in the literary world, will no doubt keep up.
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See the chatty couple at Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 North Third Street in Aspen; for reservations and tickets, $15 to $20, visit www.aspenwriters.org. And think about visiting Aspen again next month: Memoirist Cheryl Strayed (Wild) will finish the series with a talk on April 12.
Mon., March 4, 6 p.m., 2013