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WHEREAS, the Colorado Authors’ League is the oldest professional writers organization in the state; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Authors’ League was founded in Denver in 1931, with Arthur Hawthorne Carhart as its first president, and the League has called Denver home for more than eight decades; and

WHEREAS, through its long history, books by the members of the Colorado Authors’ League have been the basis for more than 40 motion pictures and have been recognized numerous times by the Colorado Book Awards and as New York Times best-sellers; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Authors’ League’s distinguished current membership includes Lois Beebe Hayna, Clive Cussler, Margaret Coel, Rex Burns and Phyllis Perry; and

WHEREAS, the Colorado Authors’ League presents the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Margaret Coel and the Author Advocate Award to Arapahoe Library District research librarian Pamela Hallaren; and

WHEREAS, the City and County of Denver congratulates the Colorado Authors’ League for 85 years of service and support to the writers of our Colorado community.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael B. Hancock, Mayor of the City and County of Denver, Colorado, by virtue of the authority vested in me, do hereby officially proclaim this day, May 6, 2016, to be known as:


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Penny Rafferty Hamilton Earns Bessie Minor Swift Foundation Grant

western-masterPenny Rafferty Hamilton has earned a Bessie Minor Swift Foundation grant to partner with the Grand County Historical Association on the creation of a new children’s history book called A to Z: Your Grand County History Alphabet. “Obviously, we are so excited to preserve our local heritage and promote literacy in our early readers with this new picture book,” said Dr. Hamilton. “We are looking for ideas from our community on historic people and places they would like to see included. For example, our Native American or Indian heritage could be under A for Arapahoe, I for Indians, N for Native American, or even U for Utes. Read More
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Feeling Foreign – A First Trip to Cuba

havana-cuba-40As part of large group visiting Cuba in early April, Michele Morris had the opportunity to visit Havana, and in the process, see just how the Cuban government spins its message through its tourism. But when she returned to Florida, she heard the story of a Cuban-American who fled 34 years ago, and was struck by the contrast. Read about her impressions – and enjoy her photographs – in her newest personal travel essay, “Feeling Foreign“.

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Exploring The Path To Publication

4 photo banner 2015A One-Day Luncheon Seminar with Page Lambert
During 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,  copy-editing, and project consultation. 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. Bring your questions! Read More

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Diann Logan to Participate in Mother’s Day Book Event

The Navel DiariesThis Mother’s Day, forget the flowers. Cancel the candy. Celebrate with a gift that honors Mom’s intelligence and creativity: BOOKS! Four Denver women authors discuss the variety of writing produced from the female experience. Free and open to the public on Thursday, May 5th, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at City Stacks Books & Coffee, 1743 Wazee St in Denver. The lively conversation will address perspectives women bring to writing, similarities and differences between male and female authors, particular themes addressed by women in their work, and the feminine trek through publishing. No reservations are needed. For questions, contact , 303-377-1455.

Authors include:
Corinne Brown, author of a new historical novel, Hidden Star, set in the Southwest.
Hilary DePolo, whose poems in Prairie Crossroad explore the diverse people of Morgan County.
Humor essayist and CAL Member Diann Logan with The Navel Diaries, a journey into maturity.
Novelist Bonnie McCune, whose most recent women’s fiction is Falling Like a Rock.

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Awakening East:  Moving Our Adopted Children Back to China, By Johanna Garton

Awakening-EastSeveral years after adopting her son and daughter from China, Johanna Garton took them back to live for one year in the land of their birth – leaving the only world she and her family knew for the adventures of a lifetime.  Release date:  October 22, 2015 / ISBN:  9780989373296. The book can be ordered from Amazon, IndieBound or the author’s website.

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Books by Irv Sternberg Now on Kindle

Sternberg_IrvIrv Sternberg is pleased to report that his comic cozy, Death on the Not So Blue Danube, is now available on Kindle as will be The Mayfly Murder in May.  Both feature aging stand-up comic Izzy Brand, the Denver amateur sleuth introduced in No Laughing Matter in 2007.

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THE RIVER ODYSSEY:  A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Water

2014-Heroine's-River-Trip-Adventure-050Announcing Page Lambert’s 19th annual river writing journey for women. Join Page Lambert and her featured guest Ellen McLaughlin (renowned playwright, Broadway actress, and expert on Greek mythology) on the Colorado River through beautiful Westwater Canyon and discover the classic elements influencing your work and your life. Have your characters answered the Call to Adventure? What can you learn about storytelling from the ancient women of Greece? From Aphrodite, Helen of Troy, Athena, or Penelope? Penelope was cast into the sea by her parents and was fed by sea birds. She fell in love with Odysseus. Hers was the classic hero’s adventure. Yours can be too!  5 days/4 nights. August 29-September 2, 2016. $1450. Professionally outfitted by Sheri Griffith Expeditions (they provide everything), the adventure starts and ends in Moab, Utah. Details at or contact

“Like Odysseus,” Ellen reminds us, “whose only way home was by way of the sea, many of our journeys involve elemental water. We answer the Call to Adventure, lighting out into the unknown where we encounter not only the magnificence of this watery world, but our very souls. The journey is the human journey, each one a reckoning with self as we step into these elemental waters. And when we return, we carry that most precious cargo: the story.”

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Spencer Penrose: Builder and Benefactor, by Joyce B. Lohse

Spencer-Penrose-Builder-and-BenefactorJoyce B. Lohse’s seventh Colorado biography covers the larger-than-life story of Spencer Penrose—mining magnate, developer, philanthropist, and so much more in the Pikes Peak Region. With his wealth, Penrose dreamed and built and enjoyed life with his wife, Julie. Among his projects was an automobile road to the summit of Pikes Peak, a rodeo arena, polo grounds, the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, the Will Rogers Shrine of the Sun, and The Broadmoor Hotel. From his wealth came the El Pomar Foundation that for almost eighty years, has benefitted non-profit organizations and individuals in Colorado. The El Pomar Foundation’s mission — to enhance, encourage, and promote the well-being of the people of Colorado—reflects the values and intentions of Spencer and Julie Penrose. Penrose’s legacy is seen in buildings and institutions throughout El Paso County and his generosity as is felt today throughout Colorado. Penrose’s life story is compelling, and Joyce Lohse has told it well.

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Water Runs Through This Book Garners Recognition

water runs through this bookThe Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award committee has selected Water Runs Through This Book, by Nancy Bo Flood, as their young adult award winner for 2015 books. Author Nancy Bo Flood and photographer, Jan Sonnenmair, are delighted with this recognition.  This award recognizes books that emphasizes the relationship between earth, the environment, and us, and you can read more here.

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