BOOK LOVERS TUNE IN!
Bestsellers, first novels, book club favorites and award winners are the discussion du jour on AWF Reads, the Aspen Writers’ Foundation’s community book club on GrassRoots TV Channel 12 (in Aspen).
Join our panels of local literary enthusiasts as they read between the lines of new and notable books during the rotating series of half-hour shows. “AWF Reads” weekly air times:
Sunday 1pm · Monday 2pm · Tuesday 8:30pm
Wednesday 9am . Friday 12:30pm
by Kurt Andersen
Karen Hollander is a celebrated attorney who recently removed herself from consideration for appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Her reasons have their roots in 1968—an episode she’s managed to keep secret for more than forty years. Now, with the imminent publication of her memoir, she’s about to let the world in on that shocking secret—as soon as she can track down the answers to a few crucial last questions.
Host: Paul Andersen Panelists: Cathy Markle and David Myler
by Kent Haruf
From the beloved and best-selling author of Plainsong and Eventide comes a story of life and death, and the ties that bind, once again set out on the High Plains in Holt, Colorado.
When Dad Lewis is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he and his wife, Mary, must work together to make his final days as comfortable as possible. Their daughter, Lorraine, hastens back from Denver to help look after him; her devotion softens the bitter absence of their estranged son, Frank, but this cannot be willed away and remains a palpable presence for all three of them.
Despite the travails that each of these families faces, together they form bonds strong enough to carry them through the most difficult of times. Bracing, sad and deeply illuminating, Benediction captures the fullness of life by representing every stage of it, including its extinction, as well as the hopes and dreams that sustain us along the way.
Host: Drew Brookhart Panelists: Jeff Bradley,Martha Durgy,and Stephanie Stocking
The Song of Achilles
by Madeline Miller
Betrayal, ardor, war, and prophecies—in The Song of Achilles, author Madeline Miller brings together everything I love about The Iliad without the labor of epic poetry. In this new twist on the Trojan War story, Patroclus and Achilles are the quintessential mismatched pair—a mortal underdog exiled in shame and a glorious demigod revered by all—but what would a novel of ancient Greece be without star-crossed love? Miller includes other good tragic bits—foreknowledge of death, ruthless choices that pit pride and reputation against the lives of innocents, and the folly of men and gods. Through her beautiful writing my spine chilled in the presence of Achilles’ mother, the sea goddess Thetis, and I became a bystander in the battlefield of Troy awash with blood, exaltation, and despair. The Song of Achilles infuses the essence of Homer with modern storytelling in a combination that is utterly absorbing and gratifying.
Host: Liz Adams Panelists: Elaine Cahn, Sandy Cheris, and Mary Hirsch
All That Is
by James Salter
An extraordinary literary event, a major new novel by the PEN/Faulkner winner and acclaimed master: a sweeping, seductive, deeply moving story set in the years after World War II.
From his experiences as a young naval officer in battles off Okinawa, Philip Bowman returns to America and finds a position as a book editor. It is a time when publishing is still largely a private affair—a scattered family of small houses here and in Europe—a time of gatherings in fabled apartments and conversations that continue long into the night. In this world of dinners, deals, and literary careers, Bowman finds that he fits in perfectly. But despite his success, what eludes him is love. His first marriage goes bad, another fails to happen, and finally he meets a woman who enthralls him—before setting him on a course he could never have imagined for himself.
Host: Mark Billingsley
Panelists: Helen Klanderud and Bill Sterling
Angle of Repose
by Wallace Stegner
Wallace Stegner's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a story of discovery—
personal, historical, and geographical. Confined to a wheelchair, retired historian Lyman Ward sets out to write his grandparents' remarkable story, chronicling their days spent carving civilization into the surface of America's western frontier. But his research reveals even more about his own life than he's willing to admit.
What emerges is an enthralling portrait of four generations in the life of an American family.
Like other great quests in literature, Lyman Ward's investigation leads him deep into the dark shadows of his own life. The result is a deeply moving novel that, through the prism of one family, illuminates the American present against the fascinating background of its past.
Host: Christine Benedetti Panelists: Chris Bryan, John Bennett, and Jane Click