Aspen Writers' Foundation

Since the winter of 1998, the Aspen Writers' Foundation has presented Winter Words, an annual author series that elevates the written word off the page and onto the stage. Over the years, dozens of literati, including Pulitzer Prize winners, National Book Award honorees, and bestselling authors, have engaged Aspen audiences after the lifts close during this "Après Ski for the Mind" program.

Aspen Public Radio and the Aspen Writers' Foundation are proud to bring you these podcasts to you. 

The Truer Truth: Fact or Fiction?

We frequently hear writers talk about what is real versus what is true. But when is reality too limiting to illuminate the truth? And are some “true” stories more suited to a fictional or a nonfictional telling than others? Three authors discuss the risks and rewards of writing the stories of their lives as memoir versus fiction.

Panelists: Sandra Tsing Loh, David Lipsky, Pam Houston

Moderator: Andrew Travers
 

Ye Rin Mok

Yiyun Li grew up in Beijing and came to the United States in 1996. Her stories and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Best American Short Stories, O Henry Prize Stories, and elsewhere. Her books include A Thousand Years of Good Prayers, The Vagrants and Gold Boy, Emerald Girl. She was selected by Granta as one of the 21 Best Young American Novelists under 35, and was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under 40. MacArthur Foundation named her a 2010 fellow. She is a contributing editor to the Brooklyn-based literary magazine, A Public Space.                  

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