Judges of the Colorado Authors’ League 67th annual writing contest took the unusual step of naming 36 finalists—six more than the ten categories typically produce. The reason? The judges, members of the SouthWest Writers based in Albuquerque, felt the superior quality of the entries deserved to be recognized, setting the stage for a dramatic awards banquet on Friday night, May 8. The winners in the ten categories will be announced at CAL’s annual awards banquet:
Friday, May 8th, 2015
6:00 pm social hour / 7:00 pm seated dinner
Courtyard by Marriott Denver Cherry Creek
1475 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver
Tickets for the banquet, limited to 160, are still available online at coloradoauthors.org. Read More
Dede always had a dream to write a book. Her Sammi Jo Adventure Series is loosely based on her life as an only child seeking new friends and is a compilation of the bed time stories she used to tell her children. Dede is also the owner of A Virtual World LLC, a virtual administrative counseling service. Dede is also a member of the SCBWI.
Chasing the Butterfly by Jayme H. Mansfield (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) has won the 2015 Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award in the Historical Fiction category. Award winners will be announced on the Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year Award website, in the CSPA Product Catalog for 2015, and in press releases to Christian media.
Kimberly Field is thrilled to be a part of the documentary series, Colorado Experience on Rocky Mountain PBS. Colorado Coined will explore the Denver Mint, the subject of her 2007 book, The Denver Mint: 100 Years of Gangster’s, Gold, and Ghosts. Viewers are invited to step inside the historic 1906 building, investigate the wild robbery of 1922 and discover the secrets behind the Denver Mint, the single largest producer of coins in the world. Colorado Coined will air as part of Season III from October 2015 – January 2016.
Gary Raham’s new book, Confessions of a Time Traveler, the essays, articles, and artwork of a deep time junkie, recently received a great review from Kirkus. The title is available on Amazon or from his website.
Barbara Sparks will participate in several upcoming book signings for her book TAOS; LAND PEOPLE SPIRIT:
May 9 & May 10 – Broadmoor Gallery, Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO, 2-5 PM both days.
May 23 – Mural Room of the Historic Court House, Taos, New Mexcio, 2 PM
June 24 – Tattered Cover (location to be decided)
CAL member Vicki Lindner will be introducing four accomplished poets, Graham Foust, Bin Ramke, Elizabeth Robinson, and Eleni Sikelianos, at a reading sponsored by Conjunctions Magazine (a well- known Bard College literary magazine) at the Innisfree Poetry Bookstore and Café, 1203 13th Street, Boulder, on Thursday, May 7 at 7 p.m. No advance tickets are required. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Stevens, a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award as well as the CAL Writing Award for Trapline (the Allison Coil Mystery Series), will host a series of upcoming speaking events about the book and the series, including: Read More
On April 12, 2015, Helen Zhou’s book Confucius Never Said became the 2015 silver winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Her second book, Invest Like a Zen Master and Live Happily Ever After, will be released in early May, 2015.
Page Lambert was awarded First Place in the Writers Studio Literary Festival fiction competition for an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, All the Water Yet to Come. The award includes a cash prize, publication in Progenitor Art and Literary Journal, and automatic nomination for a Pushcart Prize.