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A Holiday Gift Just for CAL Members

CO-County-Christmas-logoThe Colorado Authors’ League Co-Op Book Booth is moving to a new venue in 2015, and CAL is making it more affordable than ever to take part. After two years as part of the Junior League of Denver Holiday Mart, CAL members and other authors in Colorado will be able to sell their books to a new audience at the 12th annual Colorado Country Christmas at the Denver Merchandise Mart November 6-8. The first 40 CAL members who sign up will receive a $50 subsidy from CAL, and Read More

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Letters from Heaven Wins Book Award

Letters from HeavenLydia Gil’s middle-grade novel, Letters from Heaven, won a 2015 International Latino Book Award for “Best Youth Latino Focused Chapter Book.”

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Kill Your Darlings…Or Feed Your Dreams?

dwpc logoAnnouncing Denver Woman’s Press Club Fall Seminar, Saturday, October 10, 9am-12pm. In this interactive workshop, you’ll gain valuable insight on this most monumental of choices through professional writers’ reflections on their most treasured ideas…and how they launched them or buried them.  The phrase “kill your darlings” has been attributed to at least half a dozen literary giants. It reminds writers to be wary of self-indulgence for the greater good of our work. However, we’re often exhorted to write what we know, write from the heart, and draw on our individual emotional landscapes. Where’s the happy medium?  In this workshop, you’ll hear how seasoned writers navigated this process and made tough decisions on whether to nurture or nuke the ideas closest to their hearts. A moderator for each section will lead the group members in discussing how (or if) the anecdotes strike chords in their own creative processes.  Moderated by Linda Berry, Faith Gregor, and CAL Member Page Lambert.  More info: http://dwpconline.org/.

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Meg and the Mysterious Voices, by D.B. Humel (Sue Viders)

meg-and-the-mysterious-voicesHer favorite art professor murdered on campus. Unwanted radio voices sounding in her ears. And drug runners circling closer and closer. Meg Jamison, a widow in her mid-fifties, a bit overweight and trying to paint colorful images for an upcoming art show, is terribly frustrated with her new hearing aid earrings. They just won’t work right. But when her youngest motorcycling son gets pulled into running drugs and all she has are broken frames for her artwork, the darn hearing aid turns out to be a lifesaver. Tracking down a killer, while fending off pesky calls from an overbearing sister-in-law and learning how to deal with a younger would-be lover, Meg manages to balance all the bouncing balls and help everyone, including herself, in this lighthearted cozy mystery. Released on 7 – 19 – 2015 on Amazon as an e-book, the print version will be released in December.

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Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, by Roxanne Hawn

heart-dogRoxanne Hawn’s first solo book, Heart Dog: Surviving the Loss of Your Canine Soul Mate, hit the #1 spot on Amazon’s Best Seller List in the Pet Loss Category in its first week. Roxanne Hawn began blogging about her Heart Dog/canine soul mate, Lilly, in April 2007. A real-time memoir, the blog — called “Champion of My Heart” — chronicled life with a brilliant, sensitive dog. Then, things became complicated following Lilly’s rare adverse rabies vaccine reaction. The fight for Lilly’s life lasted 693 days. Lilly died December 17, 2013. This book stems from that experience. Roxanne’s recovery from the profound loss remains ongoing. Read More

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Meet Your CAL Board: Rachel Kodanaz, Membership Chair

kodanaz rachelCAL’s new vice president and Membership Chair, like many members, writes and speaks about a subject close to her heart: Loss. Rachel Kodanaz was 31 years old and her daughter was two when she was widowed. She continued her career in telecommunications and information technology, but began publishing articles in a variety of magazine about what she was going through.

“The truth is, I always had a book in me that was eager to be written,” she says, “However, I never sat down long enough until I had a difficult ski accident that forced me on the couch for months and my computer joined me.” Her book is Living with Loss, One Day at a Time, and nearly ever since she has been speaking to groups across the country about this difficult, but on reflection, common challenge in life. Read More

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Announcing The Art Of The Personal Essay, A One-Day Luncheon Seminar with Page Lambert

4 photo bannerThe personal essay strives for the same outcome as good fiction – engaging storytelling.  What motivates the narrative nonfiction writer is often what motivates the novelist.  During this one-day luncheon seminar, we’ll look at narrative tension, the use of detail to evoke atmosphere and symbolism, and the use of historical context to enrich our stories.  Read More

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Thunder Canyon, by Don Brewer

Thunder CanyonTotal Recall Press is pleased to announce the release of Don Brewer’s second book, Thunder Canyon. This book details the investigative actions of U.S. Secret Service Operatives in 1900 while investigating a counterfeit gold coin and gold bar case. The story is set in the gold boom town of Cripple Creek, Colorado. The trio of cousins from Don’s prize-winning first book, Worthy of Trust and Confidence, travel back in time to assist the operatives during the investigation. The use of gold coins and bars as currency is a forgotten piece of American history. Read More

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Workshops by Kent Ira Groff

Groff-KentKent Ira Groff is presenting “Living Creatively with Disabilities: Mining Gifts in Diminishments” at churches or synagogues or support groups or healthcare institutions. The program can be 3 hours, 6 hours, or 3 single classes. Groff has presented it for Denver Presbytery, CO; Oasis Ministries, PA; Kirkridge Retreat Center, PA; and Chautauqua Institution, NY. The workshop draws on Groff’s inter-faith book Honest To God Prayer. Groff has also been teaching “Writing Your Way Into Life” in Colorado Prisons and in churches and retreat centers drawing on his book Writing Tides. For information on any of the programs, contact Groff at kentiragroff@comcast.net or 720-949-1598, or visit his website www.LinkYourSpirituality.com

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Phyllis J. Perry Contracts for New Nonfiction Book

Perry_PhyllisPhyllis J. Perry has signed a contract with History Press for her new adult, nonfiction book, Colorado’s Vanguard. It will be out this November and chronicles the lives of 30 historic Coloradoans.

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Sandy Welchel Book Signing

images of america parkerSandy Whelchel will be signing her Images of America Parker book at the Aspen Grove Tattered Cover on August 11 at 7 pm. Sandra Jane Whelchel is the award-winning author of seven nonfiction books, three of which are on Parker history.

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