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Wren Wertin
Special to the Daily The Festival of Words brings writers and readers together.
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It’s the nickel year for Festival of Words, the homegrown event that brings readers and writers together. A three-day event, the festival kicks off Friday with an evening of poetry, continues Saturday with an afternoon with authors, and culminates Sunday at an informal breakfast shared by all.

Wine and Wit

The wine comes from a bottle, but the wit is pure magic. The sleeper hit from last year’s festival, Wine and Wit is an intimate and seductive way to begin the wordfest. Colorado poets Rosemerry Trommer, Art Goodtimes and Ellen Metrick share their verses Ð sometimes formal, sometimes free.

A striking trio, these poets have been friends and peers for years, as evidenced by their vocal interplay. No subject is off limits Ð joy, grief, trees, mushrooms, a person’s place in the universe, a universe’s place in a person… the eclectic collection insures variety. Don’t like the poem? The next one is but a moment away.

What’s so hot about Wine and Wit

In vino veritas, baby.

An Afternoon with Authors

You don’t have to be a knight to get in on this round table discussion. Five authors share details of their art and craft during An Afternoon with Authors. Susan Zimmerman, who believes in healing through writing, shares the stage with each speaker. She has a gift for helping reveal a common theme in their work and process, no matter how different they are. This year’s lineup is an exercise in diversity:

Gail Tsukiyama’s novels read like a deep breath after the rain. Her sense of place and character easily translate from black and white print to multicolored visions. Gregory Maguire has concerned himself with the retelling of childhood fairytales Ð from the antagonist’s perspective. There’s nothing simplistic about his social constructs and debates of good versus evil. Kent Nelson’s book puts readers smack in the middle of a desolate landscape and, through an easy affinity with the characters, allows them to inch their way toward redemption. Peter Shelton delivers a real-life look at the group who changed Vail forever, the 10th Mountain Division in his highly readable account. If God is in the details, then Haven Kimmel’s books are all about God. Her intimate writing style delivers an inimitable perspective on Midwestern life, not to mention human nature.

Last year the venue changed from the Vilar Center to Beaver Creek’s Village Hall. It was a successful change, as the room allows for several round tables that accommodate 10 people. In addition to taking sips of this and that, folks can talk amongst themselves in between authors. Sometimes, those comments and observations with neighbors are where the biggest “a ha” moments come in.

What’s so hot about An Afternoon with Authors?

We are the stories we tell.

Footnote Breakfast

The Footnote Breakfast was designed for those who want to talk as well as listen. While breaking bread with the authors, readers are allowed the opportunity for one-on-one discussion them, too. It’s informal, which allows for a sense of naturalness. If past years are any barometer to go by, discussion doesn’t just remain centered around writing. It becomes humans sharing a meal and a bit of themselves for a brief time.

What’s so hot about Footnote Breakfast?

Feeds the body and the soul.

For more information, visit http://www.festivalofwords.com or call the Vail Symposium at 476-0954. All events are held at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek.

And don’t forget to write it down.

Festival of Words

Wine and Wit

Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

McCoy’s, Village Hall Beaver Creek

Afternoon with the Authors

Saturday, 1-5 p.m.

Sawatch Hall, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

Footnote Breakfast

Sunday, 9-10:30 a.m.

Gore Range Hall, Park Hyatt Beaver Creek

More info: 476-0954


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