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Bestselling author Kate Bowler and esteemed religious scholar Elaine Pagels tackle some of life’s most difficult challenges

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

Kate Bowler & Elaine Pagels in conversation – February 26

Kate Bowler is an assistant professor in the school of divinity at Duke University. Bowler is author of “BLESSED: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel” and “Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved,” and host of “Everything Happens,” a podcast featuring honest conversations about life’s toughest challenges. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and son.

Internationally Renowned Scholar & National Humanities Medal Recipient, Elaine Pagels is the Harrington Professor at Princeton University. She began her exploration of the history of religion with the discovery of ancient secret gospels, found in Egypt with dozens of other Jewish, Greek and Christian texts. After participating with an international team to translate and publish these texts, she wrote “The Gnostic Gospels.” After receiving a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, she wrote  “Adam, Eve, and the Serpent,”about sex and politics; a book about the origins of Christian anti-Semitism, and two others on politics and religion. Besides a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, she recently received an honorary doctorate from Harvard University and the National Medal for the Humanities from President Barack Obama.

She first came to Aspen with her husband, Heinz Pagels, theoretical physicist, who was at the Aspen Center for Physics. Although he died in a hiking accident on Pyramid Peak, she returned to their home here the following year with their two children, then babies,  and now loves to spend time here enjoying friends, music and hiking in this glorious valley.

Event information
Tue Feb 26, 2019
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N. 3rd St.
Aspen, CO