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CAL Members Finalists for Colorado Book Award

Colorado Humanities and Center for the Book announces that finalists have been selected in the 26th annual Colorado Book Awards. “We had a record-breaking number of entries this year,” said program coordinator Bess Maher. “I was very impressed by the quality of the work across all categories. The finalists should truly be proud.” Sponsored by Outskirts Press and First Western Trust Bank, the Colorado Book Awards recognize outstanding contributions by Colorado authors, editors, illustrators and photographers in fourteen categories. CAL Members who are finalists include:

Children’s Literature
Sissy Bear at The Fort by Holly Arnold Kinney, illustrations by Christine Wald (Fur Trade Press, LLC)
Space Boy and the Space Pirate by Dian Curtis Regan, illustrations by Robert Neubecker (Boyds Mills Press)

Blood on the Tracks by Barbara Nickless (Thomas & Mercer)

Young Adult Literature
Life at the Speed of Us by Heather Sappenfield (Flux/North Star Editions)

For more information, please visit or call 303.894.7951 x19.

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Book Reading with Bronwyn Long Borne

Monday, June 12, at 7:00 pm, Bronwyn Long Borne will have a reading and book signing for Poetry of Days at the Tattered Cover at Aspen Grove.  This is the second book in the Shalemar Trilogy, written under her pen name, Rohret Buchner.

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The Semester of Our Discontent Wins Agatha Award

The Semester of Our Discontent by Cynthia Kuhn has won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel. The award was announced at the Malice Domestic conference in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information, please visit

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Conquer Your Audiobook!

Learn How-To’s From Audible® Pro Richard Rieman
Get the inside scoop on AudioBook production at the next free CAL Marketing Roundtable on May 16th featuring CAL member Richard Rieman, an Audible® Approved audiobook narrator, award-winning storyteller and author of “The Author’s Guide to Audio Book Creation.” With audio books now the fastest growing publishing format, Richard will tell us how we can join the audiobook revolution and get our share of a $2 billion dollar industry.

Join the fun and learn:

* How to determine if an audiobook version of your book will work.

* The essential steps to create your audiobook.

* How to uncover your costs in making an audiobook.

* How to promote and market your audiobook

We will also talk about additional marketing resources.

A Little More About Richard

With smiling Irish eyes and a rich, warm voice to match, Richard Rieman (Ree’man) is an Audible Approved Audiobook narrator, audiobook producer, professionally trained Voice Actor, and author of “The Author’s Guide to AudioBook Creation.”

Audible Approved producers are the best audiobook producers in the business. Most have narrated and/or produced 25 audiobooks that are available on and have a verifiable record of achievement in the audiobook industry.

Meeting Location and Details

DATE: Tuesday, May 16th

TIME: 6-8 p.m.

COST: Free to all CAL members

PLACE: Ross-University Hills Branch Library (second floor), 4310 E. Amherst Ave., Denver, CO 80222

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Grever, Tweit Lead Winners of 75th Anniversary CAL Writing Awards

Carol Grever of Boulder and Susan J. Tweit of Cody, Wyoming each won two 75th anniversary CAL Writing Awards at the annual dinner, held May 5 at Arvada Center. They were Grever’s third and fourth CAL Awards, and the fourth and fifth for Tweit. Awards were presented in 13 categories, including eBook for the first time. Grever won that one for Turnings: Reflections on a Conscious Life. She also won the Single Poem category for a poem titled, Stones. Tweit, who moved to Wyoming from Salida in the past year, took home the awards for Essay (No Species is an Island) and Blog (Susan J. Tweit Blog).

Celebrating their CAL Awards (left to right) are Susan J. Tweit,
Mary Taylor Young, Carol Grever and Barbara Nickless.
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Patricia Raybon Speaks at Princeton

Patricia Raybon spoke with her daughter and co-author Alana Raybon at a Princeton University Graduate School program, “Beyond the Veil,” a discussion on overcoming interfaith conflict, which featured her book Undivided: A Muslim Daughter, Her Christian Mother, Their Path to Peace.  In other outreach, Patricia contracted with Discovery House Publishers to write a two-part Discovery Series guide called “Letting God Heal Our Hate.” In addition, Patricia’s article, “See You at the Top,” on finding unexpected cross-cultural connection on the summit of Pikes Peak, was published in the May/June 2017 issue of In Touch Ministries’ In Touch Magazine.

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Manuscript Field Testing with Nan Phifer

Field-testing of a new manuscript, From Post Traumatic Stress to a Fulfilling Future, will begin on June 6, in Boulder. In response to requests from veterans, Nan Phifer, author of Memoirs of the Soul: A Writing Guide, has created a writing workshop series designed to enable veterans to look back on traumatic events from the point of view of a compassionate third person and to gain control of haunting memories by re-writing them. This writing series is sponsored by the Community Counseling Center at Naropa University.

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Peru, Weaving Words & Women Retreat with Page Lambert

PERU, WEAVING WORDS & WOMEN RETREAT –  REGISTRATION IS OPEN!  April 21-May 2, 2018.  A 12-day immersion into the culture of Peru led by Page Lambert and True Nature Journeys.  Visit the Sacred Valley, including Pisac, Ollaytantambo, and Machu Picchu, one of the 7 Wonders of the World.  Tour the Incan City of Cusco. Spend time with the women weavers of Patacancha and the young Quechua weavers at the Chinchero Center for Traditional Textiles.  Experience a traditional Incan “despacho” ceremony of intention and letting go. Ride horses up to the ancient Incan ruin of Pumamarca (optional). $3920 includes all meals, lodging, ground transportation, local guides, park passes, creative facilitation, and more.  $500 deposit due with application.  Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words.”  More information:   Start saving now for this bucket-list adventure! Questions?  Call Page at 303.842.7360, or email

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Mary Taylor Young Books Featured in DIA Exhibit

Mary Taylor Young has two books featured in the new “Colorado National Parks” exhibit at Denver International Airport, in the display cases along the walkway to Concourse A. Look for The Guide to Colorado Birds and The Guide to Colorado Mammals.

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Book Launch in Colorado Springs

CAL member Joyce B. Lohse will be featured guest speaker for the book launch of Pikes Peak Library District’s latest history symposium compilation, Bigwigs and Benefactors in the Pikes Peak Region, on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Penrose Library. Joyce will discuss research for her chapter, “The Penrose Legacy: Ventures, Vogue, and Vagary,” and for her recent biography, Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor. Spencer Penrose, and his business partner, Charles Tutt, built a fortune in the mining industry. Penrose used his wealth, business sense, and clever publicity tactics to promote and develop the Pikes Peak Region. In addition to the Broadmoor Hotel, he built roads up Pikes Peak and Cheyenne Mountain, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and the Manitou Incline, as well as hospitals, schools, libraries, and the El Pomar Foundation, which has donated more than a half a billion dollars to Colorado grants and programs.

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