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Tickets on Sale for 12th Annual Winter Words

December 6, 2008

(December 3, 2008) Aspen, CO — Tickets go on sale Friday for the 12th annual Winter Words series of author readings and talks. This “Intellectual Stimulus Package” features a line-up of star-studded authors including Augusten Burroughs, Jeffrey Eugenides, Andrew Sean Greer, Sara Gruen, Jane Hirshfield, and Scott Turow in unforgettable stand-alone events taking place from January through April 2009. Single tickets are just $10-$15 and may be purchased online through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House. Season subscriptions for all six events may be purchased in person at the Wheeler Opera House box office for $70-$80.

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. Author Salon tickets are available exclusively for members of the Aspen Writers’ Foundation and may be purchased in person at the Wheeler House box office (970.920.5770). Annual memberships, starting at $100, are accepted at any time of the year.

“Combined, these impressive inventors have sold over 40 million books in dozens of languages worldwide,” raves Lisa Consiglio, executive director of the AWF. “It is a million-dollar lineup, and for good reason – they are insightful, passionate, adventurous, dramatic, skillful, thoughtful and wildly popular all at once.”

Scott Turow |Thursday, January 29
Considered a master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow is the author of seven best-selling novels including, Presumed Innocent, The Laws of Our Fathers, Personal Injuries, Reversible Errors, and two works of non-fiction: One L and Ultimate Punishment. His books have been translated into more than 25 languages, sold more than 25 million copies world-wide, and have been adapted into one full length film and two television mini-series. Turow’s books have also won a number of literary awards, including the Heartland Prize in 2003 for Reversible Errors, the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award for Ultimate Punishment and Time Magazine’s Best Work of Fiction for Personal Injuries. In his latest work, Limitations, Turow probes the limitations not only of the law, but also of human understanding itself.

Jane Hirshfield | Thursday, February 5
The author of six collections of poetry, Jane Hirshfield speaks to the central issues of human existence — desire and loss, impermanence and beauty, the many dimensions of our connection to others and to the creatures and objects with which we share our lives. Her most recent book, After, was shortlisted for England’s T.S. Eliot Prize, nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Poetry, and also chosen as one of the best books of 2006 by The Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, and the London Financial Times. In fall 2004, Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop.

Sara Gruen | Thursday, March 5
Sara Gruen is the author of the wildly dramatic and entertaining historic novel Water for Elephants, a New York Times #1 bestselling sensation that has sold over 2.5 million copies and has been translated into over 38 different languages. Along with its nomination as Entertainment Weekly’s Best Novel of the Year in 2006, Water for Elephants was nominated for two Quill Awards in 2006 and won the Book Sense of the Year Award in 2007. Her first novel, Riding Lessons, was a USA Today bestseller and was followed by a sequel, Flying Changes. Her much anticipated fourth novel, Ape House, is due out this summer.

Jeffrey Eugenides | Wednesday, March 18
Jeffrey Eugenides is the author of The Virgin Suicides and the mega-bestseller, Middlesex.  Published to acclaim in 1993, The Virgin Suicides has been translated into fifteen languages and made into a feature film. After nine years of research, Eugenides published Middlesex, which received the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, France’s Prix Medici, and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Yale Review, Best American Short Stories, The Gettysburg Review, and Granta’s “Best of Young American Novelists.” Eugenides is currently a Professor in Creative Writing at the Center for the Creative and Performing Arts at Princeton University.

Andrew Sean Greer | Thursday, March 26
Andrew Sean Greer is the author of the national bestseller The Confessions of Max Tivoli, which was named a best book of 2004 by the San Francisco Chronicle and the Chicago Tribune, and was a Today Show Book Club Selection. His other works include How It Was For Me and The Path of Minor Planets, and his stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, and The Paris Review. Greer is the recipient of an NEA Fellowship, a California Book Award, and a New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. His most recent novel, The Story of a Marriage, was chosen as a summer reading pick by both The Today Show and NPR, and is one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2008.

Augusten Burroughs | Thursday, April 2
Brash and bold, Augusten Burroughs is the notorious author of the shockingly honest memoir Running with Scissors, which spent over four consecutive years on the New York Times bestseller list, including eight months at #1. The film, starring Annette Bening, Gwyneth Paltrow and Alec Baldwin, was released in 2005. Burroughs has since published four additional bestselling autobiographical volumes (Dry, Possible Side Effects, Magical Thinking and A Wolf at the Table).  Entertainment Weekly has twice named him one of America’s 25 funniest people and his novel, Sellevision, is currently in development as a feature film.

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) –
for AWF members only

Tickets, season subscriptions and Author Salon after-party passes will go on sale Friday, December 5 through Aspen Show Tickets at the Wheeler Opera House (970.920.5770, toll-free 866.449.0464). Information and group ticket sales are available through the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 970.925.3122.

The Aspen Writers’ Foundation, Colorado’s oldest nonprofit literary organization, 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 serves 20,000+ literary enthusiasts of all ages annually.


December Write Brain Pikes Peak Writers

November 21, 2008

December Write Brain
Tuesday, December 16th, 2008 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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Write Brain sessions are free to members. Non-members may attend ONE Write
Brain for free; additional Write Brain sessions are $10.00 each.
How to Have a Killer Booksigning with Beth Groundwater and Madge Walls
Most writers hate books signings. They sit there like a blob and
therefore don’t sell many books. Unless you’re Stephen King or Danielle
Steele, you won’t either – unless you stand up, get close, and get personal!

Since the publication of their first novels, Madge Walls and Beth
Groundwater have done dozens of book signings in bookstores across the
country. There’s rarely a lineup waiting for our dazzling presence, yet
we do sell books! We sell them one at a time, as fast as we can. At the
end of two hours the book store manager is beaming and wants us back.

Learn the secrets of having a Killer Booksigning from these two
experienced authors–who don’t always agree.
Beth Groundwater’s debut mystery novel, A Real Basket Case, was released by
Five Star to good reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and other national
publications in March, 2007. It was nominated for a 2007 Best First Novel
Agatha Award. To Hell in a Handbasket, the second in the Claire Hanover gift
basket designer mystery series, will be released in May, 2009. Also, Beth has
published eight short stories in various genres, including one in Wild Blue
Yonder, Frontier Airlines’ in-flight magazine, one which was translated into
Farsi, and one which was performed in live theatre. Visit Beth’s website at and her blog at
Madge Walls was a lifelong resident of Hawaii until moving to Colorado
Springs in 2001.Her first novel, “Paying the Price,” was published in 2005. The
story is a reflection of her years as a single mom and Realtor on Maui,
packed with lots of mother-daughter conflict and a real estate deal that goes
terribly bad, threatening to wreck the lives of everyone involved. It’s also an
insider’s view of the difficulties of life amid the swirling cross-cultural
currents in what some would consider Paradise. “Paying the Price” is the
recipient of an EVVY Merit Award from the Colorado Independent Publishers
Association and the Reader’s Choice Award 2006 from the Hawaii Book Publishers
Association. Madge was been the guest of honor at many dozens of book clubs who
have read “Paying the Price” and invited her to join the discussion, either in
person or by long distance phone. Her next novel, “Buyers Are Liars,” is
slated for publication in 2009. Retired from the real estate business, she
now earns her living as a freelance indexer of nonfiction books.
does not commit you to attending, but does enable us to prepare enough materials
for expected attendees, and importantly, it gives us a way to contact you if
we have an emergency change to the Write Brain session, such as a
postponement due to weather.

A Celebration: Bridging the Diversity Gap For Young Readers

November 15, 2008

A Celebration:  Bridging the Diversity Gap For Young Readers
Come, readers of all ages, and celebrate a Pre-Thanksgiving
feast of multicultural stories, food and arts with Denver Woman Press Club members Renee Fajardo and Anita Jepson-Gilbert.  Renee is
author to 4 books of true stories with recipes from all over
the world.  They are Holy Mole, Guacamole; Chili Today,
Hot Tamale; Ole Posole, and Pinch a Lotta Enchiladas.
Anita is the author of a bilingual book entitled Maria and
The Stars of Nazca, about the mysterious Nazca line drawings
in Peru and the woman who revealed them to the world. (These
are the same gigantic geoglyphs you may have read about in a
book called Chariot of the Gods? some thirty years ago, which
maintained that these were created by aliens.)
In the spirit of the season we recall that, without mutual respect and cooperation between our Pilgrim ancestors and the native residents of this land, there would be no Thanksgiving feast and no inspiring stories to hand down to our children.

Bring your own stories to share.  Young readers are welcome as well.

Free and open to all.

Where: Denver Woman’s Press Club  1325 Logan St.  Park in the lot north of the clubhouse.

Denver Book Mall Random Acts of Theatre

November 10, 2008

Here are your last 3 opportunities to see the Random Acts of Theatre players at the Denver Book Mall, at least for 2008. On November 12, 18 and 19 we will continue our series of short comedy pieces, “Ails and Wails.” (November 11 is already sold out, with more than 50 reservations.) Our pieces touch on sneezes, canker sores, psychiatry, menopause, funerals, even a humorous poke at cancer. Actors are Janet Chamberlain, Nina Else, Annie Gavin Li, Wade Livingston, Jim Whiteman, Guy Williams and Christie Winn. We are having lots of fun and our audiences are, also. Performances begin promptly at 7:30 PM, and your $10 admission includes about 90 minutes of entertainment, plus wine, soft drinks and snacks. Please call Angie at 303-237-2696 for reservations, and don’t delay.

Nina Else

Denver Book Mall

32 Broadway, between 1st and Ellsworth Avenues, 1 block south of Mayan Theatre

Store 303-733-3808

Reservations 303-237-2696

Pikes Peak Writers November Program

November 3, 2008

November Write Brain
Tuesday, November 18th. 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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Your Words, Their Story: Collaborative Writing with Celebrities, Experts,
and Just Plain Folk

Have you secretly dreamed of co-authoring with a celebrity? Ghostwriting a
memoir for a well-known but reclusive public figure? Collaborating with an
expert in a field you’re passionate about? If so, come on down to our November
Write Brain. Our panel of experts–Pam McCutcheon, Pam Novotny, and Suzanne
Proulx–will share their experiences in the growing field of collaborative
writing–from ghostwriting and book doctoring to working with celebs. They’ll
de-mystify the process and show how you can break into this exciting arena.
Pam McCutcheon writes romance and nonfiction under her own name, fantasy
short stories under the name Pamela Luzer, Young Adult urban fantasy under the
name Parker Blue, and ghostwrites under other authors’ names. Her latest
release is Bite Me by Parker Blue from Bell Bridge Books.
Pam Novotny has been a writer for more than 25 years focusing on parenting,
women’s health issues, and psychology. Her first book, The Joy of Twins has
been followed by several more books on women’s health, sexual health,
infertility and PMS. Solve Your Child’s School-Related Problems was written in
collaboration with two psychologists from the National Association of School

Pikes Peak Writers December Program and Book Sale

November 3, 2008

Join PPW for two book sales this December and take advantage of unbelievably
low prices! PPW is clearing off the bookshelves to raise funds for 2009 programming, and
getting rid of our stock at rock-bottom prices. Every book will be discounted.
We’re selling more than forty-five non-fiction titles on the business and
craft of writing for significantly less than the cover prices.
We’re also offering over 50 new fiction titles at discount prices–more than
150 books, 85 of which are on sale for $5 or less.
In addition, there are hundreds of new or nearly-new books available by
donation–that means you name the price.
Get your holiday shopping done and pick up a few titles for yourself, too!
We’re joining many other vendors with fabulous wares for your holiday
shopping and enjoyment — artwork by Cottonwood studio artists, wreaths, soaps &
lotions, photography, jewelry and more. Don’t miss out on the many unique gift
items, the festive community spirit, and great deals on books.
6:30 TO 830PM
Sip a hot beverage while participating in the last Write Brain of the year,
then scoop up the last copies of new craft and fiction books priced at our
lowest prices ever. Bring a bag and load it up with used books to enjoy
during the long winter months–you can take home as many as you want when you make
a donation of any amount.
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PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT for Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers

October 31, 2008

Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America Invites To Dinner:

WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2008
WHERE: The Denver Press Club, 1330 Glenarm, Denver
TIME: 7:00 p.m. dinner, 8:00 p.m. program
COST: $18 for dinner (price includes: meal, dessert, taxes, gratuities AND
program!). Cash, checks only please.

MENU: Oven Roasted Turkey Breast with Classic Gravy; Sage and Cornbread
Stuffing; Fresh Orange and Cranberry Relish; Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes;
Buttered Carrots and
Corn; Assorted Rolls and Butter; Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream; and
Beverages. Cash bar available.

PROGRAM: Tom Haney, a graduate of the FBI Academy, served as commander of
the Homicide/Assault section of the Denver Police Department before being
promoted to chief of
detectives, then chief of its Patrol Division. His assignments have included
patrol, vice, intelligence, internal investigations, and homicide. Upon
retirement in 1997, he was invited to
join the D.A.’s office as its chief investigator, a role Tom Haney fulfilled
until 2005. Known as an expert interrogator, he’s also trained law
enforcement in interrogation techniques.
His interrogation tapes are still used today as training tools within the
Denver Police Department. At RMMWA’s November 13 meeting, Tom Haney will
discuss the art of
interrogation, citing examples from his past cases, some of which achieved
national recognition. Along with forensic psychiatrist John Macdonald, Tom
Haney also co-authored the
resource book Criminal Investigations.

RSVPs ARE MANDATORY. The reservation deadline is Monday, November 10, 12:00
Noon. RSVP to Colleen Collins: No shows will be
expected to pay.

The directions to the Denver Press Club: 1-25 to 6th Ave. east. Turn north
from 6th Avenue onto Santa Fe Drive, then turn right from Santa Fe onto
Colfax Ave (15th). You will be
heading east. Go about 4 blocks to Glenarm and turn left (north). The Denver
Press Club will be about a block and one-half on the right side, across from
the Denver Athletic Club. It’s
a small stone building with an awning.

Parking is available to the south, in the lot next to the Press Club, for $4
(usually). Bring singles or a credit card, as the machine won’t make change.
You must pay the machine and
then leave the ticket on your dashboard or be ticketed. In addition, there
is some meter parking on the street, for which you will need quarters. The
Denver Press Club telephone
number in the event you get lost is 303-571-5260.

Date change – Three Approaches to Story Structure

October 28, 2008

Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. NOTE DATE CHANGE!!!
FREE for Pikes Peak Writers Members! Non-members may attend ONE Write Brain for free;
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Plot is one of those things that everyone understands until they have to pin
it down, and yet knowing the plot of your story before you start writing it
makes for stronger fiction and more productive work. This workshop examines
three different approaches to plot structure (the punch line structure, the
traditional structure, and the dramatic beat structure) with examples and
analysis of each one.
Daniel Abraham is the author of seven novels, two dozen short stories, and
several comic books. He has been nominated for Nebula, Hugo, and World
Fantasy awards, and received the International Horror Guild award. If you would
like to participate in this Write Brain session, PLEASE RSVP AND INCLUDE YOUR
CONTACT INFORMATION. Note that this does not commit you to attending, but does
enable us to prepare enough materials for expected attendees, and
importantly, it gives us a way to contact you if we have an emergency change to the
Write Brain session, such as a postponement due to weather. We will make every
attempt to post changes to the PPW Yahoo loop and this Web site, but to be
ensured of notification you must RSVP. If the workshop must be rescheduled due to
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Pikes Peak Writers Fundraising Booksigning

October 28, 2008

Friday, November 7, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Classroom B, Cottonwood Artists School
25 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs (for directions, go to:
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On Friday, November 7th, 5:00 – 8:30 p.m., Cottonwood Artists School will
hold an Opening Reception for their November Exhibit: the Cottonwood
Instructors All-Media Show. Over 30 artist studios will be open to the public in
addition to the main exhibit in the gallery. In conjunction with this event,
Pikes Peak Writers (PPW) will host six of its published authors and their books
for a fundraiser booksigning in Classroom B at the school.
Monies raised will support PPW’s mission to promote and produce local
literary events; to provide an educational forum for the study of the craft of
writing; to serve and promote the literary arts on a local, regional, or national
level; and to demonstrate the relevance of those arts to contemporary life
and culture. Pikes Peak Writers represents over 400 members, published and
not-yet published in Fiction and Non-Fiction. Our educational focus is
commercial fiction, but we support other writers in various programs throughout the
During the event, PPW will provide hot beverages and snacks and hold a
drawing for a free class at Cottonwood Artists School. Also, literature about the
organization and membership forms will be available and volunteers will be
on hand to answer questions. The authors will be there to discuss their books,
answer question from readers, and personalize and autograph copies of their
books. Signed first editions make great holiday gifts for book lovers and
avid readers! The following authors will be participating:
Margaret Brettschneider, signing her three historical novels, Mutti’s War,
Shadows on an Iron Curtain, and Between Duty and Devotion and her just
released current-day novel about dealing with drug addiction, Street Smart on a
Dead End.
Anthea Carson, signing her illustrated children’s book, How To Play Chess
Like An Animal.
Carol Hightshoe, signing her just released Call of Chaos, book one of the
fantasy Chaos Reigns Saga.
Gil Porat, signing his first novel, The Other Face of Murder, which uses
humor to enlighten readers about riveting bioethical issues.
Robert Spiller, signing copies of the books in his Bonnie Pinkwater math
teacher mystery series: The Witch of Agnesi, A Calculated Demise, and the just
released Irrational Numbers.
Rod Summit, signing copies of his romantic mysteries, When Pasts Collide,
Reunion with a Killer, and The Nurse and the Deputy.

Northern CO Writers: Life as a Newspaper Columnist

October 24, 2008

Life as a Newspaper Columnist: Natalie Costanza-Chavez

Date: November 11, 2008

Location: Windsor Recreation Center

Presenter: Natalie Costanza-Chavez

Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Cost: $10 NCW members; $15 nonmembers

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Come to Northern Colorado Writers monthly Guest Speaker Series meeting
to hear Natalie Costanza-Chavez as she shares what it is like to be a
newspaper columnist. Costanza-Chavez is the writer and creator of the
Grace Notes Column which appears in a variety of newspapers. She will
share with us how she got the column, where she gets her ideas, how she
pushes through when she is uninspired and what she hopes to see with her
column in the future.

Natalie has lived in Colorado since 1987. She attended the University
of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a degree in English. She
then attended the University of Southern California and Colorado State
for graduate school. A poet by education and sensibility, one day she
decided to turn a poem into a column and, with the help of a supportive
and patient features editor (Maggie Hall Walsh), Grace Notes was born in
2005. Grace Notes originally appeared in the Coloradoan and now runs in
the Denver Post, Greeley Tribune, and Fort Collins Now. It also runs
monthly in the Redstone Review. Natalie lives in Fort Collins, under
Horsetooth Rock, at the base of the foothills with her husband and two
sons. Read more about Natalie at