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ASPEN WORDS ANNOUNCES PUBLIC EVENTS LINEUP FOR JUNE WRITERS CONFERENCE & LITERARY FESTIVAL

 

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ASPEN WORDS ANNOUNCES PUBLIC EVENTS LINEUP FOR JUNE WRITERS CONFERENCE & LITERARY FESTIVAL 

Best-selling author and former Los Angeles Times op-ed columnist Meghan Daum, award-winning writer-photographer-filmmaker Pete McBride, and Aspen Words Literary Prize Winner Tayari Jones among those scheduled to speak June 17-20 in Aspen

Aspen, CO (May 17, 2019) – Tickets and passes are on sale now for the public events at the Aspen Summer Words Writers Conference & Literary Festival (June 16-21). In addition to writing workshops and a readers retreat, the conference, founded in 1976, includes author panels in the afternoons and evenings that are open to the public. This year’s events lineup features Summer Words faculty – fiction writers Rumaan Alam, Tom Barbash, Susan Minot and Samrat Upadhyay, memoirists Nick Flynnand Heather Harpham, poet Tina Chang, nonfiction author and editor Laura Fraser, essayist Meghan Daum and Pete McBride, a Roaring Fork Valley native – along with Tayari Jones, winner of the $35,000 Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel “An American Marriage.”
Series passes, both member ($75) and non-member ($100), and individual tickets ($25) can be purchased through the Aspen Showtix website, by visiting the Wheeler Opera House box office or by calling 970-920-5770. The series pass includes access to all five public events. 

2019 SUMMER WORDS PUBLIC PANELS LINEUP
Monday, June 17
  • Crafting Memorable Characters and Compelling Dialogue 
    3:30-4:30 p.m. | The Gant Conference Center 

    Characters who readers remember and dialogue that rings true are essential elements of great writing. Tom Barbash, Heather Harpham, Susan Minot and Samrat Upadhyay share advice about how to create unforgettable characters who sound believable and bring a story--whether fiction or nonfiction--to life. 
  • Writing Your Way Around the Globe
    5:15-6:30 p.m. | Belly Up 

    Writing and travel are both about discovery. Authors Laura Fraser and Pete McBride, whose work has taken them to far-flung corners of the planet, will share insights into finding and telling great stories about the unfamiliar, and cultivating a sense of curiosity and adventure as a reader and writer.
    Moderator: Amiee White Beazley, award-winning travel journalist 

Tuesday, June 18 
  • The Business of Being a Writer 
    4:00-5:00 p.m. | The Gant Conference Center

    What does it take to effectively collaborate with an agent and editor and build a lasting career as a writer? Authors Rumaan Alam and Susan Minot will be joined by agents Allison Hunter and Seth Fishman and editor Vanessa Mobley to discuss the ins and outs of today’s literary world.
  • Tayari Jones on Social Justice, the Writing Life and Oprah
    6:00-7:00 p.m. | Belly Up

    Tayari Jones, winner of the 2019 Aspen Words Literary Prize for her novel “An American Marriage,” will discuss her work, why she wrote about race, incarceration and feminism, and what happened when Oprah Winfrey called her. 
    Moderator: Adrienne Brodeur, Aspen Words executive director

Thursday, June 20
  • The Takeaway
    4:00-5:15 p.m. | The Gant Conference Center

    Need a boost of inspiration to keep the writing momentum going after a creative week in Aspen? Summer Words faculty, Tom BarbashTina ChangMeghan DaumNick Flynn, and Laura Fraser will discuss how to stay motivated amidst the demands of everyday life and share the best and worst writing advice they ever received, among other topics.

     
Questions or requests for author interviews can be directed to: 
Elizabeth Nix
Program Associate
Aspen Words | Aspen Institute
[email protected]
Phone: 970-925-3122 x 4  
Aspen Words was founded in 1976 as a literary center based in Aspen, CO. A program of the Aspen Institute, its mission is to encourage writers, inspire readers and connect people through the power of stories. For more information, visit www.aspenwords.org.  
The Aspen Institute is an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C. Its mission is to foster leadership based on enduring values and to provide a nonpartisan venue for dealing with critical issues. The Institute is based in Washington, D.C; Aspen, CO; and on the Wye River on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It also has offices in New York City and an international network of partners. For more information, visit www.aspeninstitute.org.   
 

4th of July Parade Waiver

IMPORTANT PARADE INFORMATION

PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  

PARADE REMINDERS:  

  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.

 

The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT

                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.

WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT

                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this

INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT.

 

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