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AWF Winter Words: Karen Russell in conversation with Elissa Schappell

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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.

Award-winning writer Karen Russell is the author of the novel Swamplandia!, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and a nominee for the Orange Prize. She was listed as one of The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" and was chosen as one of Granta's Best Young American Novelists. Her book of short stories, St. Lucy's Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, was the winner of the 2011 Bard Fiction Prize and was included in the 2009 National Book Foundation's list of "5 Under 35." Russell's stories have been featured in The Best American Short Stories, Granta, The New Yorker, Oxford American, and Zoetrope. Karen resides in New York and her new collection of short stories, Vampires in the Lemon Grove, will be released in February 2013.  Elissa Schappell is the author of the novel Blueprints for Building Better Girls and Use Me, a collection of short stories, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. She is the co-founder and Editor-at-Large of the literary magazine Tin House. Schappell was previously a senior editor at The Paris Review and has co-edited two anthologies of essays, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She has been a contributing-editor at Vanity Fair and has contributed articles to GQ, Vogue, and Spin. Her fiction, interviews, and essays have appeared in such publications asBOMB, One Story, Nerve, and many others. Elissa lives in Brooklyn with her husband, editor, and co-founder of Tin House, Rob Spillman.



  • Date:
    03/04/2013 - 03/04/2013
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  • Location:
    Paepcke Auditorium
  • Admission:
    $20 General Admission
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