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CAL Writing Contest Opens December 1st!

CAL Writing Award15 Categories including the New Category of Single Poems!
Submissions open on December 1st for the 2016 Colorado Authors’ League Writing Contest in 15 categories, including Single Poems and Children’s / Young Adult Nonfiction. The deadline for entry is January 31, 2016. To be eligible, writers must be CAL members and have published their work either traditionally or independently in 2015. In addition to awards of $100 and the prized engraved-glass CAL trophy for all winners, finalists in the book categories will be invited to participate in a CAL signing/reading event at the Tattered Cover, 2526 E. Colfax Avenue, in April. This is an exclusive agreement between CAL and Tattered Cover, and details will be forthcoming. Read More

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2015 CAL Holiday Party

Holiday Party 2014 002Colorado Authors’ League members are invited to join friends and peers at CAL’s annual Holiday Party on Sunday, Dec. 6, 1-4 p.m. at the BookBar at 4280 Tennyson in Denver. The party returns to the BookBar after a terrific turnout last year endorsed the wine and coffee bar that has become a familiar haunt for author signings and other literary events. Read More

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Welcome New CAL Member Diann Logan

Diann-LoganDiann Logan pursues various interests besides exploring the mysteries and quirks of maturity. When she’s not navel gazing she is likely to be quilting. Her involvement with quilts spans decades and she has contributed much to the field. She has authored, designed, exhibited, taught, lectured, been commissioned and collected, and made over two hundred quilts. She is the author of Designs in Patchwork (Oxmoor House, 1987) and her designs and patterns have appeared in numerous other publications ranging from Ms. Magazine to GenerationQ. Visit to stroll through the gallery of her quilts. Diann is a faculty member of University of Colorado Denver and lives in Arvada, Colorado with her husband and their spoiled spaniel. The Navel Diaries is her second diary. The first one is safely locked in its little cedar box with the names of old boyfriends carved on the lid. The key was lost long ago, but she can still pick the lock with a bobby pin.

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The Navel Diaries, by Diann Logan

The Navel DiariesThe Navel Diaries: How I Lost My Belly Button and Found Myself is Diann Logan’s humorous and poignant observations about getting older. The stunning in-ey navel has morphed into a despicable out-ey and that’s just the start. Creaking joints and whiskers, drooping bustline and sagging sense of purpose—it’s all here and then some. In this book she picks her way through the prickly landscape of maturity, determined to maintain high hopes and forward momentum. Diann will be signing at BookBar on December 12th at the Happy Hour Event from 5:00-6:00 pm.

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McBrearty Interview on Colorado Matters

the-western-lonesome-societyRobert Garner McBrearty is scheduled to be interviewed on Colorado Matters, Colorado Public Radio, about his new novel, The Western Lonesome Society. In this hilarious, poignant, over-the-top Western readers are introduced to Jim O’Brien who is writing a quixotic saga of his ancestors who grew up with a tribe of Comanche. As his grip on reality loosens, O’Brien weaves into his tale an RV trip through the soul of the west and includes a whole host of characters such as modern day stalkers, drug dealers, secret agents, strippers, a mad linguist, an imaginary­-ther­apist, and Ernest Hemingway. Having been displaced, each of the char­acters must embark on the great American quest for a place to truly call home.

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John Stith’s Backlist Novels Set to Reprint

John-StithJohn E. Stith has signed a new contract with ReAnimus Press to reprint his backlist novels during 2016 and 2017. The novels include Scapescope, Memory Blank, Death Tolls, Deep Quarry, Redshift Rendezvous, Manhattan Transfer, Reunion On Neverend, and Reckoning Infinity. The collection All For Naught includes “Naught for Hire”, a novella from Analog, and “Naught Again”, a novelette from Analog. At least a couple of the novels have not been available in paper for twenty years. The new editions will be in trade paperback, as well as all the common e-book formats and markets, and will feature some content cleanup, new covers, and a lack of DRM on all titles, to be as friendly as possible to readers.

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Joy Overbeck’s Consolidated Political Columns

overbeck joyJoy Overbeck, who writes political columns which appear weekly at various sites including, The Daily Caller, The Washington Times (also in the paper’s print edition), has started a new Facebook page to aggregate her columns; you can visit it at

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Praise for Tom & Lucky, by Chuck Greaves

Tom and Lucky and George and Cokey FloTom & Lucky (Nov. 3, from Bloomsbury) by Chuck Greaves (pictured, at left, with Anne Hillerman and Hampton Sides) was recently hailed by The Wall Street Journal as “boisterous historical fiction” with “the wild energy of a 1930s Warner Bros. crime-movie . . . Mr. Greaves is one helluva good storyteller.”

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More Praise for Searching for Silverheels

Searching for SilverheelsJeannie Mobley’s middle grade novel Searching For Silverheels (S&S 2014)  has been named to the Virginia Library Association’s Jefferson Cup Runneth Over list honoring excellence in historical fiction and biography, and the Kansas State Reading Circle List for Middle School readers.
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Moon – Hung Midnight, by Lois Beebe Hayna

Lois-HaynaCAL member Lois Beebe Hayna, winner of the CAL Lifetime Achievement Award, has just released her new book of poetry titled Moon – Hung Midnight, New and Selected  Poems.  Janice Gould, Pike’s Peak Poet Laureate, says Hayna’s  latest collection “is a three-part meditation on darkness and light…and on the staying power of deep listening.“ Moon – Hung Midnight is available at the Tattered Cover.

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Lou Dean and Her Donkey to be Featured in Guideposts

On My AssGuideposts magazine recently sent a photographer to Lou Dean’s home in October to do a photo shoot – the photos will be included with an article they recently purchased from Lou about her new donkey. The piece is scheduled to appear in the January issue of Angels on Earth/Guideposts magazine.

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