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La Gioia di Uccidere, by Harry MacLean

la-gioia-di-uccidereThe Joy of Killing, by New York Times best-selling author Harry MacLean, was just published in Italy under the title La Gioia di Uccidered by Fazzi. MacLean shared, “It’s always a little strange to see your words in another language. I love the cover: who would have thought a typewriter could look so menacing?” The book also recently received a great review in the Huffington Post.

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Book Event with Manuel Ramos

ramos manuelManuel Ramos will talk, read and sign books at the Rudolfo Corky Gonzales library, 1498 N. Irving Street, Denver, on August 14, at 2:00 p.m. He plans to read an excerpt from his upcoming book, My Bad: A Mile High Noir, to be published in September.

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Virginia White at Youth Journalism Day

Virginia-WhiteOn July 21, 2016, Virginia White participate in Youth Journalism Day on the Aurora Campus, and she described it as a wonderful experience for young writers. They learned about journalism and photography and then after lunch were in breakout groups. White was interviewed by several fourth graders about what it is like to be a published author, and they wanted to know where she got my ideas, how one goes about getting published, and what the writing/publishing process is like. Read More

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John Turley’s Unlikely Career from Self-Publishing

the Simple TruthJohn Turley self-published THE SIMPLE TRUTH: BP’s Macondo Blowout (by J.A. Turley) in September 2012, because as many as a hundred agents turned him down, a number fearing “unmitigated liability”. Je worked with Amazon to publish paperback and Kindle versions, and commendable sales of the book led to a new career . . . as a professional speaker on the same topic—the cause of the devastating 2010 blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. As invited guest, panelist, and keynote speaker, Turley made almost fifty presentations Read More

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Culinary Colorado Blog Recognized

Claire WalterDining Out (Denver/Boulder edition) included Claire Walter’s Culinary Colorado ( in a round-up of “11 Colorado Food Blogs You Should Read.” The blog is Colorado-focused but not Colorado-exclusive, covering restaurants, food festivals, gourmet food stores, artisanal bakeries, cheeseries, cooking schools, wine specialists, beverages and culinary trends – plus the occasional recipe. This blog has twice been a finalist for a CAL Award.

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Praise for The Bookseller

The-BooksellerCynthia Swanson is happy to announce lots of good news for The Bookseller – it was on the New York Times Best Seller list, on the USA Today Best Seller list, and is a finalist for the High Plains Book Award (First Book category), and recipient of Outstanding Achievement recognition by the Wisconsin Library Association Literary Awards Committee.

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Praise for In The Heart of a Mustang

InThe-Heart-Of-A-MustangM.J. Evans’ newest release, In the Heart of a Mustang, was awarded a Gold Medal by Literary Classics. In their critique they wrote, “In the Heart of a Mustang is one of the finest books ever written for teens and preteens.” Margi will be given the award at a formal banquet in Las Vegas in October.

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Welcome New CAL Member Heather Sappenfield

heather-sappenfieldHeather Sappenfield’s fiction has won the Danahy Fiction Prize and the Arthur Edelstein Prize. It has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and been a finalist for the Flannery O’Connor Award. She has an MFA in Writing from Pacific University. Her debut novel The View From Who I Was was nominated for the Boston Globe Horn Book Award. Her second novel Life at the Speed of Us released in January 2016. She is a Colorado native and lives in Vail.

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Book Deal for Darin Gibby

Darin GibbyDarin Gibby has just signed a two book deal with Koehler Books. Gil will come out in October 2016 and Chasing Hindy will be released in February 2017.

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The Boys From the Bushes Receives Praise

the boys from the bushesThe Boys From the Bushes, by Lou Dean, got a nice review on Sunday, July 24th in the Oklahoman newspaper. You can read the full text of the review online.

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