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Winter Words: Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award

The 22nd annual Winter Words series features writers at the height of their careers – from a Pulitzer Prize winner, to a journalist on the front lines of the #MeToo movement and a rock climber setting records on the world’s toughest climbs. Expand your reading list and your world at five author events held in Aspen throughout the ski season

All events take place at Paepcke Auditorium on the Aspen Institute campus from 6-7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Explore Booksellers will have books for sale. Tickets and season passes go on sale November 5 at

Colson Whitehead – February 12

Pulitzer Prize Winner // National Book Award Winner

Colson Whitehead is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Whiting Writers Award. He is the author of: “The Intuitionist,” “John Henry Days,” “The Colossus of New York,” “Apex Hides the Hurt,” “Sag Harbor,” “Zone One” and “The Noble Hustle.” His most recent novel, “The Underground Railroad,” was an international and No. 1 New York Times best-seller. It won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for Fiction, the 2017 Hurston/Wright Award for Fiction and the Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction Literature. In 2018, he was chosen as the 12th New York State Author. His next book, “The Nickel Academy,” will be published in July 2019.

Event information
Tue Feb 12, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm EDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N. 3rd St.
Aspen, CO