Aspen writers’ series wraps up with tales of war and adventure
On Saturday, author McKay Jenkins joins the Aspen Writers’ Foundation to recount the tale of the fabled 10th Mountain Division.The division, an unlikely band of European expatriates, wealthy ski bums, mountaineers, thrill-seekers, and country bumpkins, executed one of the most daring series of World War II night attacks.Jenkins will present a slideshow at 5:30 p.m. at Paepcke Auditorium as the final speaker in the AWF’s Winter Words “après ski for the mind” series. In his historical thriller “The Last Ridge,” Jenkins draws on survivors’ letters and documents to describe the founding of the 10th Mountain Division, members’ training, and survivors’ successes later in life.Minnie Dole, the wealthy skier who created the 10th Mountain Division, was a founding member of the National Ski Patrol. World-class skier Friedl Pfeiffer developed Aspen as a ski resort. David Brower was the Sierra Club’s first executive director. Bill Bowerman co-founded Nike. Bob Dole, severely wounded in battle, served in the Senate and ran for president.Jenkins, a scholar and adventurer who enjoys writing nonfiction stories of dangerous missions, is most recently the author of “The Bloody Falls of the Coppermine.” The book highlights two Catholic priests who set out in the Canadian Arctic winter of 1913 to do what no Anglo men attempted: reach a group of isolated Eskimos to convert them.In his first book, “The White Death,” Jenkins tells of five young men from Montana on an historic quest to scale Glacier National Park’s tallest peak in the winter of 1969.Tickets are $20 and available at the Wheeler Box Office by calling 920-5770 and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 925-3122. Doors open at 5 p.m., and a short question-and-answer session and booksigning will follow the presentation.Tickets are $20 and available at the Wheeler Box Office by calling 920-5770 and the Aspen Writers’ Foundation at 925-3122. Doors open at 5 p.m., and a short question-and-answer session and booksigning will follow the presentation.
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