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Poetry from Gail Waldstein

Waldstein_GailPrayer for the Light Baby, a poem by Gail Waldstein, was a finalist in the Mark Fisher poetry contest in Talking Gourds, Telluride, May, 2016, while her poem botanic garden silence, will be published in Switched on Gutenberg. Waldstein is the author of The Hauntings,  a poetry collection that was a finalist in the 2016 CAL Writing Awards.

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Letting It Go, by Laurie Weiss

letting-it-goLaurie Weiss’ new book, Letting It Go: Relieve Anxiety and Toxic Stress in Just a Few Minutes Using Only Words (Rapid Relief with Logosynthesis®) is now available in paperbook and ebook formats. Learn a revolutionary new process to help you rapidly release anxiety and stress, using only words! Experience the freedom that comes from effortlessly managing previously distressing situations and even forget to worry about things you used to obsess about. Order your book today and reclaim your life energy and the joy that is your birthright.

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Virginia White to Participate in Denver Writes at BookBar

Virginia-WhiteOn June 3 Virginia White will be at the BookBar as part of the Denver Writes series, focusing on giving kids ages 8-15 a creative outlet through writing. The organization is participating in the Tennyson First Friday Art Walk and will promote their programs and showcase the skills and creativity of young writers. Kids will be working with professionals in the evening from 6-8. White notes that it is due to CAL that she was discovered and invited to this exciting event!

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Antler Dust Now Available on Audible

Antler-DustAntler Dust, the first book in the Allison Coil Mystery Series by Mark Stevens, is now available on Audible. (click here) In Antler Dust, hunting guide Allison Coil wades into a story of double murder involving big game poaching and animal rights activists in Colorado’s Flat Tops Wilderness. First published in 2007 and a Denver Post best-seller in both 2007 and 2009, Antler Dust was followed by Buried by the Roan, Trapline and Lake of Fire. The last three books have all been finalists for the Colorado Book Award. Trapline won the Colorado Book Award in 2015 and the Colorado Authors League award for best genre fiction.

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Barnes & Noble Hosts CAL Award Winners

Barnes and Noble_logoTen CAL Award Winners will be featured at the Colorado Authors’ League Day program at Barnes & Noble, 960 S. Colorado Blvd., on Sunday, June 26, continuing CAL’s 85th Year celebration. Each author will discuss her or his book during a 30-minute session and answer questions. Books will be available for purchase throughout the day, and authors will sign copies as requested. The program begins at 11 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m. Here’s the schedule (author, category, title): Read More

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Praise for The Western Lonesome Society

the-western-lonesome-societyHigh Country News has published a very complimentary review of Robert Garner McBrearty’s novel The Western Lonesome Society. You can read the full review here.

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Classes at Chautauqua Institute with Kent Ira Groff

kent-ira-groffKent Ira Groff will teach at Chautauqua Institution, NY, in July. The two courses are “Raymond Carver Stories: Meaning in Muddled Stuff” (with Mark Altschuler), July 4-8 (info here), and “Writing Your Way Home: Finding Grace in the Grit”, July 11-15, which he has taught for many years using his Writing Tides book (info here).

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Award-Winning Author Maura Weiler at Lit Fest

maura-weilerFormer film executive and 2016 CAL Award Winner for Mainstream Fiction, Maura Weiler, joins the faculty at the Lighthouse Writers Lit Fest June 3-17th at 1515 Race Street in Denver. Her business panel, Hollywood Know How: Networking in the Film Industry Without Living in New York or L.A.  takes place on Tuesday, June 7th from 12:30 – 1:45 pm, followed by her craft seminar,From Page to Screen: Adapting Books into Screenplays, on Friday, June 10th from 2:00 – 4:30 pm. For more details and registration, click the class links.

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Dark Waters a Nominee for an Anthony Award

DARK-WATERSChris Goff is pleased to announce that DARK WATERS, which was a Finalist for both the 2016 CAL Genre Fiction Award and 2016 Colorado Book Award in the Thriller category, is a Nominee for an Anthony Award for Best Crime Fiction Audiobook. The award will be presented in New Orleans at Bouchercon 2016. There will be a Second Line Parade for all attendees. Three Bands and the Guests of Honor riding in mini-floats will lead the parade to the Orpheum Theater on Friday, September 16th for the presentation. For those who don’t know, Bouchercon is the World Mystery Convention held in honor of Anthony Boucher, the distinguished mystery fiction critic, editor and author. To say she’s excited would be an understatement. Wish her luck! To listen to an excerpt go to Amazon.com and click on the Listen button below the cover.

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Exploring The Path To Publication

A One-Day Luncheon Seminar with Page LambertPath to PublicationDuring this seminar, we’ll discuss the changing landscape of publishing and the various paths available to an author. We’ll touch on the topics of agents, big houses, little presses, and literary competitions. We’ll discuss the differences between, and the need for, substantive editing, line-editing, and copy-editing.  We’ll study the basics of a good query letter. We’ll talk about the importance of the synopsis for fiction projects, and the proposal for nonfiction projects. We’ll discuss author platforms, website, blogs, and bios. This will not be an intensive workshop on a single topic, but rather an overview of the stepping stones you might encounter on the path to publication.  Read More

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