Maximizing the benefits of Goodreads, the social media network for avid book readers, and communicating most effectively with agents and publishers will be the combined focus of the next Colorado Authors’ League program on Saturday, October 17. Registration is now open (see below)! The program will feature Goodreads aficionado Terry Whalin, an acquisitions editor for Morgan James Publishing and a former literary agent who has 5,000 Goodreads followers, along with current agents Kate Schafer Testerman and Sandra Bond. Read More
Ellen Norberg’s funny essay about her twin pregnancy has been accepted to the anthology “So Glad They Told Me,” by the Her Stories Project. It will be out in the spring. The HerStories Project is a community of women dedicated to sharing women’s stories, in their own words. They are still accepting submissions for the anthology and you can find complete information on their website.
CAL Member Jeff Miller will be one of six featured authors making presentations at the October 17 inaugural Rocky Mountain Literary Festival, http://www.rockymountainliteraryfestival.org/. Additionally, Miller can be seen on a recent C-SPAN video as one of four historians speaking at a one-day symposium at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library in West Branch, Iowa. Miller’s 25-minute talk was about WWI’s Commission for Relief in Belgium, his Belgian grandmother, and his nonfiction book, Behind the Lines: The little-known story of German occupation, Belgian resistance, and the band of Yanks who helped save millions from starvation. The link to the video can be found on the book’s homepage, http://wwibehindthelines.com/
Sharon Cairns Mann is delighted to announce the release of her collection of short stories, Tesserae: a Mosaic of Story, November 4, 2015. This collection includes award-winning work that has previously appeared in juried anthologies, as well as new short-fiction. Most of Mann’s work is set in southern Colorado or the southwest, and the book is categorized as “Literary Collections | Southwest | Colorado.” Themes of isolation, a longing for home, and the need to belong are accentuated by the lonely, wind-swept high-desert setting. From the misguided romantic hopes of a cowboy, to the poignant tale of a misfit orphan coming to terms with her losses and the unwelcome-but-longed-for grace that settles over her life, this book is filled with quirky, flawed, and authentic characters. Read More
JAX Mercantile will host its fifth annual Local Authors Day on Saturday, November 7, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at 950 E. Eisenhower Blvd. in Loveland. Many local authors will be there to greet you, including CAL member Phyllis Perry who will be signing the new edition of her book A Field Guide To Ocean Animals.
Pat Postek will be doing a school visit and reading in Lakewood at Deane Elementary School on Friday, October 16, at 8:30 a.m. Her book, Bandit, The Chubby Chihuahua, was chosen to be part of their Literacy Program. She will be reading to children in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades.
Carol Fenster will be the guest cookbook author at the annual Harvest Fest, at the Winery of Holy Cross Abbey, in Canon City on September 26 and 27. The event celebrates wine, artisans, food, and entertainment on the grounds of the Winery and features live music, food selections from local produce and cheeses to crepes, fajitas, roasted chilies and freshly baked breads. Carol will sign copies of her latest cookbook, 100 Best Quick Gluten-Free Recipes, and share food samples … including a gluten-free chocolate cookie made from grape-skin flour. More information on Harvest Fest at http://abbeywinery.com/harvest-fest/.
CAL member Christine Goff is appearing at Tattered Cover on Colfax on Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 p.m. to talk about her new book, Dark Waters. An international thriller set in Israel amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, this is a series debut that mirrors global headlines and will have readers frantically turning pages. If you can’t attend (though she would love to see you there), consider ordering a signed copy from Tattered Cover prior to the 24th. Chris will also be participating in two signings in October: Author’s Night at the Parker Library in Douglas County, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. and on a Mystery Writers Panel at the Englewood Library on October 30th. The panel features Chris along with fellow authors Mark Stevens, Mario Acevedo and Manuel Ramos.
M.J. Evans will release her eighth book on October 5th, a young adult novel titled In the Heart of a Mustang. The book is a story about a teenage boy who gets in trouble with the law and is sent to a ranch in Arizona. There he bonds with a Mustang mare that has been adopted from the BLM. The old ranch hand helps the boy learn about life and healing as he guides him in training the horse.