Heady Stuff

Festivals of the Mind 2019

A top-shelf literary gathering from Aspen Words, hot-button issues at Aspen Ideas, and renewable energy innovation at AREDAY drive summer's intellectual conversation.

06/06/2019

Great Books

Aspen Words Authors Share Their Summer Reading Lists

The notables appearing at June's annual weeklong literary event divulge their top picks.

05/24/2019 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Lauding Lit

Aspen Words Just Announced the Finalists for Its Literary Prize

The eventual winner of the prestigious fiction award will receive $35,000.

02/20/2019 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Aspen Words

Aspen Words Summer Benefit 2018

The theme for the June event was Celebrating Literature: A doorway to other worlds.

08/01/2018 Photography by Nancy M. Mayer

Handy Man

Peer Behind the Curtain of Magazine Journalism

A veteran magazine journalist reveals the inner workings of his craft at Aspen Summer Words.

06/04/2018 By Rebecca Cole

Good Reads

Aspen Words Announces Five Finalists for Inaugural Literary Prize

One of the country's most lucrative author awards honors fiction with social impact.

03/05/2018 By Barbara Platts

Literary Life

Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline to Appear at Aspen Winter Words

With her latest novel, A Piece of the World, garnering strong reviews, the writer talks about the challenges of bringing to life well-known historic characters.

02/18/2018 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Literary Life

Acclaimed Novelist Alice McDermott to Launch Aspen’s Winter Words Series

With her latest novel out this past fall, the Pulitzer finalist discusses the secret life of nuns, her writing process, and literature’s lasting relevance.

01/05/2018 By Cindy Hirschfeld

Local Lectures

Discourse & Dialogue: Get Informed at These 4 Talks

From Walter Isaacson's farewell at the Aspen Institute to team Trump's Thomas Barrack, Jr., here are the high thinkers to see.

05/24/2017 By Andrew Travers

People & Places

Aspen Words 20th Anniversary Reception

Opera Gallery and Aspen Sojourner Magazine played host to a members-only season kick-off for Winter Words.

03/15/2017 Photography by Shondia Houtzer

Bookish

Adam Gopnik Brings His Wordsmith Wizardry to Aspen

A Q&A with the legendary writer, best-selling author, and playwright ahead of his Winter Words appearance on March 21.

03/13/2017 By Katie Shapiro

Book Club

The Essential Winter Bookshelf: 15 Favorites from the Aspen Words Staff

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Winter Words, we asked the literary nonprofit's staffers to share the books that shaped their view of the world.

01/17/2017 By Katie Shapiro

Sponsored Content

8 Storytellers to Watch

The 20th Anniversary Winter Words series will feature rising literary stars and distinguished authors including Azar Nafisi, Kevin Fedarko, Pete McBride, Yaa Gyasi, Adam Gopnik, Stephanie Danler, Anna Noyes, and Molly Prentiss.

12/21/2016

Movie Mogul

After a 20-Year Artistic Direction Tenure, Aspen Film Hires a Fresh Face from Los Angeles

Maggie Mackay’s auspicious premiere at Aspen Filmfest.

11/01/2015 By Andrew Travers

Slam Dunk

Live Poets’ Society

Poetry in the Roaring Fork Valley is both bubbling up from the streets

11/01/2015 By Andrew Travers

Aspen Honorees

Sojourner Salutes Holiday 2015

Artist, potter, teacher, writer: a human-scale version of our annual tribute to those who make our home special.

11/01/2015 By Susan Benner, Julie Comins Pickrell, and Jay Cowen

A Twenty-Year Sojourn

The Real Aspen, by Aspenites: The History of Aspen Sojourner Magazine

We've made a lot of changes in 2016, so thought we should revisit the feature that tells you a little bit more about us.

07/01/2015 Edited by Michael Miracle

Resident Artistry

Made in Aspen

The fruits of local arts nonprofits’ 2014 residency programs will show up in galleries, bookstores, and CD racks in 2015.

02/01/2015 By Andrew Travers