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February 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am - February 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm MST


Immerse yourself in translated literature for a 3-day Aspen retreat led by Alane Salierno Mason, vice president and senior editor at W.W. Norton and president/founder of Words Without Borders. 

literature_from_the_axis_of_evil_pbReaders will discuss selections from Iran, Iraq, and Syria as originally presented in the Literature from the ‘Axis of Evil’  issues of Words without Borders, the award-winning online magazine for literature in translation.   Conversation will range to broach issues of literary production and publication in other countries, differences between journalism and literature in exploring other parts of the world, and issues around literary translation generally. Click here for the complete syllabus.

Includes reading materials, 3 mornings of moderated discussion, and 3 lunches.

: Catto Room at the Aspen Meadows’ Doerr Hosier Building


asmheadshotbychrisleary2-8-11-10Alane Salierno Mason is a vice president and senior editor at W.W. Norton & Company, where she has edited prize-winning and bestselling works both of fiction and nonfiction. She has worked with authors including Diane Ackerman, Andre Dubus III, Stephen Greenblatt, and Brad Watson, among many others. She has published reviews and essays in Vanity Fair, The Boston Review, and other publications, and translated Elio Vittorini’s Conversations in Sicily (a New Directions Classic). She is the president and founder of Words Without Borders, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the translation, publication, and promotion of international literature. In 2016, Words without Borders received the London Book Fair International Excellence Award for an initiative in literary translation.

Discounted $279/night rate available for luxury accommodations at the
Aspen Meadows Resort, nestled on 40 beautiful acres overlooking the Rocky Mountains. To book a room, call (800) 452-4240 and ask for the “Aspen Words Readers Retreat rooms. 


February 22, 2017 @ 9:00 am MST
February 24, 2017 @ 12:00 pm MST


United States