Illustration by Kagan McLeod
The theme of Aspen Summer Words
is "Papyrus: Literature of the Modern Middle East." Guest authors, including Khaled Hosseini (The Kite Runner
) and Firoozeh Dumas (Funny in Farsi
), will explore the region's magical storytelling tradition. A festival pass ($200) buys unlimited access to readings, panels, receptions, and evening presentations. For an additional fee, booklovers may attend a two-day Reader's Retreat, a sort of grad school of book clubs led this year by award-winning columnist and Middle East expert Mona Eltahawy (preregistration required). The event takes place at Colorado's Aspen Meadows Resort, where you can pamper yourself with an end-of-day massage or an hour spent reading poolside.
June 19–24, aspenwritersfoundation.org