Arts en First Draft - Isabel Allende <p>Chilean author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim when her bestselling first novel, <em>The House of the Spirits</em>, 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.</p><p>She has since written nearly 20 more works, including <em>Of Love and Shadows, Eva Luna, Stories of Eva Luna, The Infinite Plan, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia</em>, a trilogy for young readers (<em>City of Beasts, Kingdom of the Golden Dragon, and Forest of Pygmies</em>), <em>Zorro, Ines of My Soul, Island Beneath the Sea, </em>and<em> Maya’s Notebook</em>. Books of nonfiction include <em>Aphrodite</em>, a humorous collection of recipes and essays, and three memoirs: <em>My Invented Country, Paula</em> (a bestseller that documents Allende’s daughter’s illness and death, as well as her own life), and <em>The Sum of Our Days</em>. Her latest book is <em>Ripper</em>, a crime novel.</p><p></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:43:16 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 17362 at First Draft - Isabel Allende Preview: Hudson Reed Ensemble <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">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.&nbsp; The Hudson Reed Ensemble is already preparing for the season, which will include the Harold Pinter play; <em>Betrayal</em> a return of the beat poets and as it has done for years, Shakespeare in the Park.&nbsp; This year Shakespeare will come inside because the Galena Plaza will be under renovation.&nbsp; Kent Reed is the ensemble’s artistic director.&nbsp; He spoke with APR’s Roger Adams. &nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the radio version interview here:</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:17:54 +0000 Roger Adams 17358 at Preview: Hudson Reed Ensemble APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel <p>Writing for the Screen: How to Create Characters and Keep Your Friends</p><p>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).<br /><br />Special thanks to Nancy Wall + Charles Wall<br /><br />More about Aspen Film at</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:42:52 +0000 Rob St. Mary 17224 at APR Special: Aspen Film Screenwriters Panel Featured Poets <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Welcome to a special program for National Poetry Month. &nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Centuries after the Greeks celebrated poetry readings as part of the original Olympics, poetry is alive, well and thriving.&nbsp; From the classics to hip-hop and slam, people are writing and reading poetry everyday.&nbsp; Poems, like little word pictures say so much in so few words.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Thanks to the Aspen Poet’s Society the spoken word is heard year round at monthly live poetry readings. &nbsp;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. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 21:41:04 +0000 Roger Adams 17071 at Featured Poets First Draft - Jamie Quatro <p>Jamie Quatro’s debut collection, <em>I Want To Show You More</em> is a New York Times Notable Book, NPR Best Book of 2013, Indie Next pick, and New York Times Editors’ Choice. It was named a Top 10 Book of 2013 by Dwight Garner in the <em>New York Times</em> and a Favorite Book of 2013 by James Wood in <em>The New Yorker</em>.&nbsp; Quatro’s work has appeared in&nbsp;<em>Tin House, Ploughshares, The Kenyon Review, McSweeney’s, AGNI, The New York Times, The New York Times Book Review,</em> and elsewhere. She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony, as well as 2013 fellowships from both the Bread Loaf and the Sewanee Writers’ Conferences. Her stories are anthologized in the&nbsp;<em>O.Henry Prize Stories 2013</em> and in the 9th edition of&nbsp;<em>The Story and Its Writer (ed. Ann Charters, forthcoming). </em>Quatro holds graduate degrees from the College of William &amp; Mary and the Bennington College Writing Seminars, and is a Contributing Editor at&nbsp;<em>Oxford American</em> magazine. She lives with her family in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. <a href=""></a></p><p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Mitzi Rapkin 16998 at First Draft - Jamie Quatro