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Winter Words with Paula McLain

Join us for a conversation with New York Times best-selling novelist Paula McLain, who will discuss her new thriller, “When the Stars Go Dark,” with “Wild Game” author and Aspen Words Executive Director Adrienne Brodeur.

VIRTUAL ACCESS | Individual event ticket – $12
Available for all six Winter Words events

IN-PERSON ACCESS | Individual event ticket – $25
Available for the four Winter Words events taking place in Aspen, CO
(Dec. 7 + Jan. 12 + March 15 + March 29)

Access to all six Winter Words events:
– Links to join all events virtually
– A pass to attend all four in-person events
Book bundle of three self-selected titles from the 2022 lineup

For questions about ticketing, please contact or the Wheeler Box Office (970-920-5770). 


Paula McLain is the author of the New York Times best-selling novels “The Paris Wife,” “Circling the Sun” and “Love and Ruin.” Her latest instant best-seller is “When the Stars Go Dark.” McLain was born in Fresno, California, and after being abandoned by both parents, she and her two sisters became wards of the California Court System, moving in and out of various foster homes for the next 14 years. When she aged out of the system, she supported herself by working as a nurse’s aid in a convalescent hospital, a pizza delivery girl, an auto-plant worker, a cocktail waitress–before discovering she could (and very much wanted to) write. She received her MFA in poetry from the University of Michigan. McLain’s essays have appeared in Town & Country, Good Housekeeping, The Guardian, The New York Times and elsewhere. She is also the author of the memoir “Like Family: Growing up in Other People’s Houses,” two collections of poetry and the debut novel “A Ticket to Ride.” 


Adrienne Brodeuris the author of the memoir, “Wild Game,” which is in development for film. During her 15 years in the publishing industry, she founded the literary magazine “Zoetrope: All-Story” with filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, was an acquiring editor at Harcourt and HMH Books, and served as a judge for the National Book Award, among other literary contests. Her essays have appeared in Glamour, O Magazine, The National, The New York Times, Vogue and other publications. She has been with Aspen Words since 2013.

Event information
Tue Dec 7, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
Paepcke Auditorium
1000 N 3rd Street
Aspen, CO