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CAL Craft Fair, Saturday, Feb. 14 @ Arapahoe Community College

acc writers studioThe next program in the Colorado Authors’ League “Second Saturday” series is the CAL Craft Fair, presented in partnership with the Arapahoe Community College Writers Studio on February 14th from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Arapahoe Community College. This Craft Fair isn’t your typical craft fair, though. Rather than a time to buy handmade crafts, this is an opportunity to attend intensive sessions on various aspects of the craft of writing. Three rounds of three simultaneous breakout sessions will be held during the day-long program. Some topics will be repeated. Expert presenters will lead programs in six important disciplines: Read More

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Deadline for CAL Writing Award Submissions is January 31st!

CAL Writing AwardSubmissions are now being accepted for the 2015 Colorado Authors’ League Writing Awards in 13 categories—including E-books—with the deadline Jan. 31, 2015. The submission form can be found here. To be eligible, writers must be CAL members and have published their work either traditionally or independently in 2014. In addition to awards of $100 and the prized engraved-glass CAL trophy for all winners, all winners and finalists in the contest will be invited to participate in a CAL signing/reading event at one of the Tattered Cover stores Read More

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Jen Reeder Garners Writing Award Nominations

Jen ReederJen Reeder, a pet writer based in Durango, has had four articles named finalists for writing awards for the Dog Writers Association of America. The winners will be announced on February 15 at the DWAA Awards Banquet in New York City. Jen’s nominations are: in the category “Newspaper Article: Rescue”, both from the local weekly newspaper, The Durango Telegraph – “Pit Bulls for People” and “A New Leash on Life“; in the category “Magazine Article: Breed”, Just Labs Magazine, “Canine Crime Solvers“; and in the category for “Humor”, in the Huffington Post, “I’ve Become a Crazy Dog Lady, But I’m Okay With It“.

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Nancy M. Peterson to Speak about Not to be Forgiven

Not To Be ForgivenNancy M. Peterson will speak about her World War II novel, Not to be Forgiven, on Monday, Feb. 23, from 2 to 3 pm. at the Bemis Public Library. She will also display a collection of World War II artifacts. Bemis is located at 6014 Datura St. in Littleton.

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Jalynn Venis Lands Screenplay Contracts

Jalynn VenisJalynn Venis, author and screenwriter, has been commissioned by a Canadian entertainment company to write two screenplays in 2015. She’s also written a dramedy web series that will go into production this summer for clients Transtar Entertainment and Date Camp.

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John Stitch to be Featured in the Moon Miners’ Manifesto

mmm_e-mastheadJohn E. Stith’s short story, “Simon Sidekick,” originally published in the July 1984 Dragon Magazine, will be serialized in The Moon Society’s monthly newsletter, Moon Miners’ Manifesto, starting in the February 2015 issue. “Simon Sidekick” is a YA coming-of-age/AI science-fiction story about a boy growing up in a lunar colony. For more information, visit John’s site: or visit John on Facebook:

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TEDx Talk by Award-Winning Author Elizabeth Yarnell

Yarnell_ElizabethElizabeth Yarnell, ND, CLT, award-winning author of Glorious One-Pot Meals: A Revolutionary New Quick and Healthy Approach to Dutch Oven Cooking and longtime CAL member, gave a TEDx talk recently on “Poisons in Our Everyday Foods.” Click here to find the talk online.

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Taos; Land People Spirit, by Barbara Sparks

taosBarbara Sparks’  forthcoming photography book Taos; Land People Spirit will debut  with a booksigning May 23 at the Mural Room of the Old  Court House in Taos, New Mexico. at 2:00 PM. In additon to an essay by Sparks, guest essayists David Witt, Trudy Valerio Healy, and Jonathan Warm Day Coming will also be  present and signing. The 92 duotone print coffee table book is a Rose Fredrick production circulated by the University of New Mexico Press. For questions or further information contact Barbara Sparks 719-634-6204 or
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Praise for Behind the Lines, by Jeffrey B. Miller

behind the linesKirkus Reviews has included in its Best Books of 2014 (Indie) Jeffrey B. Miller’s Behind the Lines: WWI’s little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation. In January, 75 people were in attendance when Miller spoke at the Tattered Cover bookstore. He has also been invited to speak at a WWI symposium in June at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. The book’s website is at

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Confessions of a Time Traveler, by Gary Raham

confessions of a time travelerConfessions of a Time Traveler, a 20-plus year collection of essays, articles, fiction and artwork by Gary Raham, will be a February 2015 release by Penstemon Publications. A free download of the first essay, “The view from a throne in dinosaur country,” is available at his website:

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Catherine Dold to Speak on Panel

The Recovery BookCatherine Dold will be speaking on a panel on “how to collaborate on a book with a non-writing expert” at the American Society of Journalists and Authors conference in New York in April. Dold is co-author of The Recovery Book: Answers to All Your Questions About Addiction and Alcoholism and Finding Health and Happiness in Sobriety (Workman, 2014), written with Al J. Mooney, MD, and Howard Eisenberg.

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The Joy of Killing, by Harry MacLean, Gets Advance Review

harry macleanThe Joy of Killing by Harry N. Maclean (due July 14, hardcover, $25, ISBN 978-1-61902-536-3), was reviewed by Publishers Weekly in an article on the spring/summer list. “True-crime author Maclean makes his fiction debut with a philosophical thriller. A college professor, who recently published a novel in which he justified a gruesome murder, returns to his childhood lake house in Minnesota. There he sorts through the multitude of secrets and acts of violence that make up his past.”

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