Author, Author!

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.

See the chatty couple at Paepcke Auditorium, 1000 North Third Street in Aspen; for reservations and tickets, $15 to $20, visit 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

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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