Celebrating Literature: A doorway to other worlds – SOLD OUT
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
The Hotel Jerome Ballroom
6 p.m. Reception | 7 p.m. Dinner
WATCH THE LIVESTREAM HERE AT 8:10 p.m. MST
Featuring the inaugural Aspen Words Literary Prize winner Mohsin Hamid in conversation with the new president & CEO of the Aspen Institute, Dan Porterfield. The reception and dinner will also include the Aspen Summer Words authors, agents and editors, and the opportunity to purchase tables with literary luminaries.
Mohsin Hamid is the internationally bestselling author of “Exit West,” “Moth Smoke,” “The Reluctant Fundamentalist,“ “How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia,” and “Discontent and its Civilizations.” His award-winning novels have been adapted for the cinema, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and translated into more than thirty languages. His essays and short stories have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The New Yorker, among many other publications. Hamid now resides in Lahore, his birthplace, after living for a number of years in New York and London.
Special Performance by Theatre Aspen’s Iris Beaumier!
The evening also features Iris Beaumier, who will help illuminate Mohsin Hamid’s work by performing select passages from “Exit West.” Beaumier is a star of Theatre Aspen’s production of “Ragtime-The Musical,” opening on June 23. A New York City native and graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, Beaumier has appeared on television and the stage in “Rent,” “The Marvelous Wonderettes” and “Blindspot,” among other productions.
INDIVIDUAL TICKETS | $500
Includes reception, dinner, and keynote presentation. $400 of the ticket is tax-deductible.
SPONSOR TICKETS | $750
Includes dinner, reception, priority seating, sponsor listing in the evening program, Summer Words event passes, and gift bags/special mementos. $650 of the ticket is tax-deductible.
STANDARD TABLE FOR 10 | $5,000
Includes dinner, a reception with the Summer Words talent, priority seating, sponsor listing in the evening program, Summer Words event passes, and gift bags/special mementos. $4,000 of the table purchase is tax-deductible.
TABLE FOR 12 | $10,000
Includes dinner, a reception with the Summer Words talent, priority seating (first RSVP gets head table, with evening’s speaker as guest of honor at table), sponsor listing in the evening program and on Aspen Words website, Summer Words event passes, and gift bags/special mementos. $8,800 of the table purchase is tax-deductible.
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Special thanks to our wine sponsors, Charles & Kristen Bieler and The Winebow Group.
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