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AWF Winter Words: Kevin Powers in conversation w/Tobias Wolff

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Since the winter of 1998, the Aspen Writers' Foundation has presented Winter Words, an annual author series that elevates the written word off the page and onto the stage. Over the years, dozens of literati - including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award honorees, and bestselling authors - have engaged Aspen audiences after the lifts close during this "Après Ski for the Mind" program. These days, Winter Words keeps the reading world on its toes and audience members are as apt to find on the bill a literary cabaret featuring live music and cutting edge comedy as they are to enjoy a traditional poetry reading followed by a Q&A and book signing. When it comes to Winter Words, inspiring literature - whatever shape it may take - is always on tap.

Kevin Powers is the author of the critically acclaimed novel The Yellow Birds, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. This debut novel, which is partially set in Iraq where Powers served a one-year tour with the U.S. Army in Mosul and Tal Afar, was hailed by The New York Times as "classic contemporary war fiction," and called "elegiac, sober, and haunting," by TIME magazine. The novel was short-listed for the 2012 Guardian First Book Award and critics have compared the book to classic war novels such as All Quiet on the Western Front, The Things They Carried, and The Naked and the Dead. Kevin currently resides in Florence, Italy.  

Tobias Wolff's books include the memoir This Boy's Life; the novel Old School; the short novel The Barracks Thief; and four collections of short stories including his most recent, Our Story Begins: New and Selected Stories. He has also edited several anthologies, among them Best American Short Stories 1994, and The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories. His work is translated widely and has received numerous awards, including the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, both the PEN/Malamud and the Rea Award for Excellence in the Short Story, and the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He is the Ward W. and Priscilla B. Woods Professor of English at Stanford.

  • Date:
    02/01/2013 - 02/01/2013
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  • Location:
    Paepcke Auditorium
  • Admission:
    $20 General Admission
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