The library will host a live stream and party for the Aspen Words Literary Prize

The Pitkin County Library will host a free live viewing party for the Aspen Words Literary Awards ceremony on April 21, reviving the popular event for its first iteration since a pre-pandemic gathering in 2019.

Aspen Words will honor its nominees and winner at a ceremony at New York’s Morgan Library, also for the first time since 2019. The $35,000 prize recognizes a work of fiction that illuminates vital contemporary issues. The finalists, announced in February, are “The Arsonists’ City” by Hala Alyan; “The Final Rebirth of Opal and Nev” by Dawnie Walton; “The Five Wounds” by Kirstin Valdez Quade; “What a storm, what thunder” by Myriam JA Chancy; and “What Strange Paradise” by Omar El Akkad.

The local library viewing party will begin at 4 p.m. with the live broadcast starting at 4:30 p.m. It includes a discussion between the finalists hosted by NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly and the announcement of the winner.

Entrants can also register for a free copy of the winning book, which will be the subject of the fourth annual Community Reading, a partnership between Pitkin County Library and Aspen Words, and will receive an Audible promotional gift subscription from a month.

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