The third speaker in the Winter Words 2015 series, George Packer was interviewed on stage by Aspen Times reporter and arts editor Andrew Travers. They spoke about finding his characters for The Unwinding, what makes for good journalism, and how a story for The New Yorker comes about.

George Packer
is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of The Unwinding, which won the 2013 National Book Award for Nonfiction. His earlier book, The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, was named one of the ten best books of 2005 by The New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of two novels, The Half Man and Central Square, and two other works of nonfiction, Blood of the Liberals, which won the 2001 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and The Village of Waiting. His play, Betrayed, ran off-Broadway for five months in 2008 and won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play. He has contributed numerous articles, essays, and reviews to the New York Times MagazineMother JonesHarpers, and other publications.

Read highlights from the event on our blog.

Read Aspen Times book review of The Unwinding