Erica Jong Kicks Off Aspen Writers Winter Words


Erica Jong “unzips” her new collection of poetry, Love Comes First and kicks off the 13th annual Winter Words series with a bang

(January 20, 2010) Aspen, CO — Before there was Carrie Bradshaw of “Sex and the City,” there was Erica Jong, feminist icon and the wildly popular author of the bestselling novel, Fear of Flying. Notorious for her shockingly frank discussions about sex, Jong paved the way for candid dialogue on women’s sexuality long before Cosmopolitans and Manolo Blahniks were en vogue. Best known for coining the infamous phrase “zipless sex” (and another version we cannot print!), and her jaw-dropping anecdotes, including the revelation of a one-night stand with Martha Stewart’s husband in her novel, Seducing the Demon, Jong is celebrated for her fearless candor on risqué topics.

She continues her provocative streak with her recent collection of poetry, Love Comes First, and will appear as part of the 13th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks presented by the Aspen Writers’ Foundation on Tuesday, January 26 at 5:30pm at the Given Institute.

A graduate of Barnard College, Jong began her writing career over 40 years ago. She has since published twenty-one books, including eight novels, seven volumes of poetry, six books of non-fiction, and numerous articles in magazines and newspapers such as The New York Times, the Sunday Times of London, Elle, Vogue, and The New York Times Book Review.

Nearly all of her books have been blockbuster sensations, with Fear of Flying selling over 20 million copies in thirty-seven languages and her mid-life memoir, Fear of Fifty ranking as an international bestseller. In 1998, Erica was honored with the United Nations Award for Excellence in Literature. She has also received Poetry magazine’s Bess Hokin Prize for poetry, the Deauville Award for Literary Excellence in France, and the Sigmund Freud Award for Literature in Italy. In June 2009, Erica won the first Fernanda Pivano Prize for Literature in Italy.


All Winter Words events are held at 5:30 pm (doors open at 5 pm) and include a public reading and talk followed by a short Q&A and a book signing. After each Winter Words event is the Author Salon, a series of receptions at a private home honoring the author of the evening. The Author Salon is available exclusively for members of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation; annual memberships, starting at $100, are accepted at any time of the year.


Ticket levels include:
· Winter Words single tickets: $15 individual; $10 student/educator with current school I.D.
· Winter Words season subscription (all six events, up to 23% savings): $70 AWF members; $80 non-members
· Author Salon (includes Winter Words reading and talk plus a reception in a private home honoring the author): $40 single ticket; $200 series (all six events and receptions, a 17% savings) – AWF members only

Tickets, season subscriptions, and Author Salon after-party passes are available through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation website at, and the Aspen Show Tickets box office at the Wheeler Opera House at Information and group ticket sales are available through the AWF at 970.925.3122, ext. 5#. ###

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization and a program of the Aspen Institute, has been bringing readers and writers together since 1976. The organization’s mission is to provide programs that encourage writers in their craft and readers in their appreciation of literature. Through its repertoire of ten year-round programs and projects, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation annually serves 100,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages.


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