The Write Stuff

What true bookie wouldn’t love to mingle with a who’s-who of contemporary Indian literature, beginning, but not ending with, the esteemed Salman Rushdie, all while sitting on the top of the world in Aspen? That’s the agenda at this year’s Aspen Summer Words festival, titled Passage to India: a five-day literary immersion with a non-stop afternoon schedule of author readings and talks, panel discussions, parties, book signings and evening concerts, as well as a concurrent but optional writing retreat during the morning hours.

Along with Rushdie, a particularly magical slice of Indian writers writing in English will be represented at the fest, including best-selling authors Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni and Manil Suri; cross-pollination with authors participating in the retreat — among them luminaries such as Richard Bausch and Sue Miller and former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky — is also on tap.

Summer Words begins today and continues through June 27; most festival events take place at Belly Up, 450 South Galena Street in Aspen. For a schedule and festival pass, $150 to $200 (single event tickets, available at Belly Up, range from $10 to $30), visit or call 1-970-925-3122.
June 22-27, 2008

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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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