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Interview: Alan Fletcher

May 7, 2014
Roger Adams

  When the Aspen Music Festival and School opens for the summer on June 18th it will be the start of the 66th season of classical concerts and performances.  Year over year, the festival has featured well-known conductors, composers and musicians and paired many of them with students.  Some of those students have gone on to become world renown and then return to Aspen for the summer to teach the next generation.  For audiences the festival offers hundreds of performances.  Alan Fletcher is the president and CEO of the Aspen Music Festival and School he spoke about the summer’s events with A

Rachel Kushner’s second novel, The Flamethrowers, was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award, shortlisted for the 2014 Folio Prize, longlisted for the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, and a New York Times bestseller and Top 10 Book of 2013. Her debut novel, Telex From Cuba, was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, winner of the California Book Award, and a New York Times bestseller and Notable Book. Kushner is the only writer ever to be nominated for a National Book Award in Fiction for both a first and second novel. Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Believer, Artforum, Bookforum, Fence, Bomb, and Grand Street. She is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. www.rachelkushner.com

Stephen Harris (aka "Haggis") of Mt. Sinai Medical School. Harris was a bassist with the heavy metal bandThe Cult in the 80s, a painter and rock climber in the 90s and is now a documentary filmmaker and third year medical student at Mt. Sinai in NYC. Part 1 of 2.

A Democracy of Poets

Apr 29, 2014
Roger Adams

Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

There are a lot of poets in the Roaring Fork Valley.  They are writing and performing their poetry regularly with help from the Aspen Poet’s Society, which holds monthly live poetry readings. 

Now the society has published its first book; an anthology of poems by locals and poets who have visited and read their work here.  The book is – A Democracy of Poets: Poems of the Roaring Fork Valley and Beyond

Joining us is Kim Nuzzo one of the editors and also a co-founder of the Aspen Poet’s Society.   APR’s Roger Adams and Nuzzo discuss the work of ten poets whose work is in the book.  

Jane Smiley writes novels, non-fiction and essays. Her novel A Thousand Acres won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1992.   In 2001 she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She received the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature in 2006.  Her most recent novel for adults is Private Life and her most recent young adult fiction is a series called The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch.  She lives in Northern California.

Angie Callen is the Executive Director of Aspen's Red Brick Center for the Arts (Aspen Public Radio's landlord). Angie talks about all the changes to the facility and the programs, including what's coming this summer.

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Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, The House of the Spirits, was published in 1982. In addition to launching Allende’s career as a renowned author, the book, which grew out of a farewell letter to her dying grandfather, also established her as a feminist force in Latin America’s male-dominated literary world.

She has since written nearly 20 more works, including Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, a trilogy for young readers (City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies), Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, and Maya’s Notebook. Books of nonfiction include Aphrodite, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: My Invented Country, Paula (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and The Sum of Our Days. Her latest book is Ripper, a crime novel.

www.isabelallende.com

Preview: Hudson Reed Ensemble

Apr 21, 2014
Roger Adams

Before we know it summer will be here when Aspen comes alive with all manner of performance; from intellectual lectures to classical music and theater.  The Hudson Reed Ensemble is already preparing for the season, which will include the Harold Pinter play; Betrayal a return of the beat poets and as it has done for years, Shakespeare in the Park.  This year Shakespeare will come inside because the Galena Plaza will be under renovation.  Kent Reed is the ensemble’s artistic director.  He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams.  

Listen to the radio version interview here:

  

Aspen Film

Writing for the Screen: How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends

What's the creative core of every film and TV story? The script. Once again, in partnership with the Writers Guild Foundation, we're delighted to present an entertaining discussion with a talented group of award-winning writers whose collective experiences cover television and film, comedy and drama. How are story and series ideas created? How do writers find their characters and motivations? What are the unique aspects and challenges of writing for film or television? Join us for a spirited and illuminating conversation with an engaging set of screenwriters. Participants confirmed at press time: Peter Blake (Elementary, House M.D.), Craig Borten (Dallas Buyers Club), and David Pollock (M*A*S*H).

Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall

More about Aspen Film at http://aspenfilm.org/

Featured Poets

Apr 15, 2014
Roger Adams

  Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month.  

Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.  From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.  Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words. 

Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings.  One of the highlights of these monthly live poetry readings is a featured poet; sometimes local poets other times poets visiting to read their work.

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