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VIRTUAL: Aspen Winter Words - Ayad Akhtar

01/13/2021 - 6:00pm

24th Annual Aspen Winter Words

Continuing their legacy of encouraging writers, inspiring readers, and connecting through stories, Aspen Writers' Foundation presents a virtual edition of Aspen Winter Words.

The 24th annual Winter Words series brings six top authors and poets (virtually) to Aspen during the winter season to engage the literary community with in-depth discussions, fresh ideas, and new perspectives.

From nonfiction that examines some of America's most urgent social issues to fiction that reimagines the life of a famous U.S. politician to poetry that contemplates the wonders of being alive, this season promises to inspire readers and provide new insights into our time.

The virtual events will be held from November through April. Tickets are $10 for individual tickets. Series passes for 2020-21 are $275.

Jan. 13, 2020 from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. MST:

Ayad Akhtar in conversation with Ron Charles of the Wall Street Journal

Ayad Akhtar is a novelist and playwright. His work has been published and performed in over two dozen languages. He is the winner of numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Akhtar is the author of "American Dervish," published in over 20 languages and named a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2012. As a playwright, he has written "Junk," "Disgraced," "The Who & The What," and "The Invisible Hand." As a screenwriter, he was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay for "The War Within." His new novel is called "Homeland Elegies."

Ron Charles is a book critic at The Washington Post.

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