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Winter Words with Patrick Radden Keefe – Paepcke Auditorium & Livestreamed

Join us for a conversation with award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine, Patrick Radden Keefe, who will be discussing his recent book “Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crookswhich brings together a dozen of his most celebrated articles from The New Yorker.

Moderator: Mitzi Rapkin, Host of the First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing

Event location: Paepcke Auditorium in Aspen (1000 N 3rd St)

Doors: 5:30 p.m. | Talk: 6:00-7:00 p.m. | Book-signing to follow

Parking is limited at Paepcke, please plan to arrive early and consider alternative parking options.

In-person Event Ticket – $30 | | Virtual Access Ticket – $12

In-Person Season Pass – $100 | | Virtual Access Season Pass – $50
Access to all six Winter Words events | Links to view all six Winter Words events via livestream


Patrick Radden Keefe is an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of the New York Times bestsellers “Empire of Pain” and “Say Nothing,” as well as two earlier nonfiction books: “The Snakehead” and “Chatter.” His most recent book is “Rogues: True Stories of Grifters, Killers, Rebels and Crooks.”  

Patrick started contributing to The New Yorker in 2006. He received the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing in 2014. “Say Nothing” received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, as well as the Orwell Prize for Political Writing, and was selected by Entertainment Weekly as one of the “10 Best Nonfiction Books of the Decade.” “Empire of Pain” was awarded the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the FT Business Book of the Year.  

He is also the writer and host of Wind of Change, an 8-part podcast series, which investigates the strange convergence of espionage and heavy metal music during the Cold War, and was named the #1 podcast of 2020 by The Guardian.  

Patrick grew up in Dorchester, Massachusetts and went to college at Columbia. He received masters degrees from Cambridge University and the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Yale. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim fellowship, and fellowships from the New America Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library.   

He lives in New York. 


Mitzi Rapkin is the host and producer of the literary podcast, First Draft: A Dialogue on Writing.  For the last eight years, Mitzi has read a book a week and interviewed the author.  First Draft features fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and essay writers.  With a specific focus on craft, Rapkin and her guests explore the decisions and psychology that went into the book being discussed, the themes of a writer’s work, and questions focused on the human experience.  George Saunders said Rapkin “is one of the most talented and passionate interviewers in the world. What makes her great is her precision and her genuine curiosity, which transforms the interview into an urgent conversation. The time flies by, and I always learn something new about my own work.”  You can learn more about Rapkin, the podcast, and listen to the more than 315 archived interviews at

Thanks to our partners at Explore Booksellers and Bookbinders Basalt,
Aspen Words members receive 20% off Winter Words book titles.

Thank you to our season presenting sponsors
Beth & Josh Mondry | Helen & Wally Obermeyer

Thanks also to:
Penguin Random House
Writers House, A Literary Agency

and our local partners:

Event information
Mon Jan 9, 2023
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N 3rd St.
Aspen, CO 81611