Author Barbra Cohn will discuss her book Calmer Waters: The Caregiver’s Journey Through Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Two contributing writers will offer ways for caregivers to reduce stress: Reverend Sharon Shanthi Behl will lead chair yoga postures and breathing exercises, Laraine Pounds will speak about the value of aromatherapy for reducing stress and anxiety and uplifting mood. For information call 303-447-8300.
Five local authors, including Colorado Author’s League member David M. Jessup, are speaking at the Colorado Authors’ Day on November 5 in Colorado Springs. Jessup will discuss the interplay between fact and fiction in his award-winning first novel, Mariano’s Crossing, along with a newly released prequel, Mariano’s Choice, featuring photos of legendary mountain man Mariano Medina.
According to NY Times bestselling author Anne Hillerman, the book “shines brightly” because of a vulnerable, wily, complicated protagonist, and is “highly recommended.” The event is sponsored by the Colorado Springs Branch of the American Association of University Women, which uses the event proceeds for scholarships. Tickets are $60, including lunch, and can be obtained at coloradosprings-co.aauw.net. Location is the Doubletree by Hilton, 1775 E. Cheyenne Mt. Blvd. in Colorado Springs. The session lasts from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Margi Evans was honored to receive the gold medal from the Literary Classics Book Awards at an October 14th ceremony in Las Vegas. Her coming of age novel titled In the Heart of a Mustang won first place in the young adult fiction category.
Kimberly Field is at work on her fourth book, a modern history of Arvada, Colorado. The book will tell Arvada’s story from 1976 to the present. This dynamic period is one of tremendous growth, including the establishment of the Arvada Center for the Arts & Humanities, the redevelopment of Olde Town, and the controversy and closure of Rocky Flats and its rebirth as a wildlife sanctuary.
Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life is Carol Grever’s new memoir. Stories and poems form a mosaic of courage, unveiling a gay mate’s coming out, a spouse’s addiction, and her spiritual awakening. Unexpected pivotal events open extraordinary adventures and heartening discoveries. Known for her earlier work on mixed-orientation relationships, Carol reveals with unwavering honesty her own transformative “turnings,” changing the course of a formerly peaceful life. Turnings is available on Amazon.com as a paperback or e-book.
Calling all Colorado authors, publishers and bibliophiles. Submissions are now open for the 2017 Colorado Book Awards for Colorado’s best books published in 2016 or November or December 2015. Colorado Humanities & Center for the Book has published guidelines and entry forms at coloradohumanities.org. The submission deadline is January 9, 2017.
The Colorado Book Awards celebrate the accomplishments of Colorado’s outstanding authors, editors, illustrators and photographers. Now in their 26th year, the awards are presented in at least ten categories including anthology/collection, biography, children’s literature, creative nonfiction, fiction, history, nonfiction, pictorial, poetry and young adult literature.
Wealthy and willful, privileged and independent, Bliss McKenna is the heir-in-abeyance of McKenna Department Stores. In a flash of lightning one June night in 1925, her carefree life is changed forever when she witnesses the brutal murder of her friend by a dark silhouette of a man who literally vanishes into the shadows. Horrified but determined, Bliss sets out to solve the killing. With the help of her closest friend, Lillian Brock, and her lover, Nick Cavanaugh, she searches for the truth. The horrific revelations that follow gradually lead to a grim realization: more than blood, the ripper wants revenge. Set against the wild times of the Jazz Age and the corruption of Prohibition, Denver Dreadful: The Ripper Of Capitol Heightsis a fast-paced thriller driven by mystery, adventure, and romance as a savage ripper seeks blood and retribution. / ASIN: B01LIG3M7W/ An ebook is available at the Kindle Store.
Jeff Miller will be speaking on Saturday, Nov. 5 to Colorado Press Women about his award-winning nonfiction book, Behind the Lines: WWI’s little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation. The annual authors’ event, which is open to the public ($29), will be held at Anythink Ridgeview Library in Thornton from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also include presentations from novelists Cynthia Swanson and Nick Arvin. (www.WWIBehindTheLines.com)
Ellen Nordberg’s fired up to be co-producing Boulder’s Listen to Your Mother show for the second year. Mark your calendars for April 29, 2017 and brainstorm your essays about motherhood to bring to auditions in February! You’ll find information on the show’s website.
Jodi Torpey’s newest book, Blue Ribbon Vegetable Gardening, received a silver medal in the best book category from GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators during the group’s annual conference in Atlanta September 15-19.