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Lake of Fire Selected as “Village Read” in Greenwood Village

This summer the Greenwood Village Cultural Arts Program partnered with Arapahoe Libraries to present the first ever “Village Read” and the group chose Lake of Fire by Mark Stevens as this year’s selection. Many activities are planned in August around the themes from the book. Join Mark for the Closing Celebration:
Thursday, August 31 | 6 p.m.
Curtis Center for the Arts
Enjoy music from Let Them Roar (hailing from the Flat Tops Wilderness) and The Cody Sisters. Free ice cream, tequila tasting and party in the park.

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Meet New CAL Member Natasha Wing

Natasha Wing is the best-selling author of The Night Before series including titles: The Night Before Kindergarten and The Night Before Halloween. She’s been writing for more than 25 years and publishes both fiction and narrative nonfiction pictures books. Her latest title, When Jackie Saved Grand Central, received two starred reviews from Booklist and Kirkus. Wing has also self-published a picture about a snowboarding rabbit called Fresh Snow! and a pie recipe book for grown ups. She lives in Fort Collins with her husband, Dan, and cat, Purrsia, and saves prairie dogs.

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Corinne Brown Signs with Agent Terrie Wolf

Corinne Brown is proud to announce she will be represented by agent Terrie Wolf of AKALiterary. It’s with much excitement she looks forward to their work together on behalf of the sequel to her first novel, MacGregor’s Lantern. Wolf has a long and successful history with varied authors of several genres. Brown’s latest book, Hidden Star, recently was named a Foreward Indies Winner, coming in second in Historical Fiction.

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Soldier Sister, Fly Home Soon Available as a Talking Book

Arizona State Library has chosen Soldier Sister, Fly Home as one of their audio selections for the Arizona Talking Book Library.  Earlier this year Colorado Author’s League awarded this middle-grade novel as winner of Best Juvenile Fiction. As an audio book, Soldier Sister, Fly Home, will be available nation wide through the Talking Book program. Flood shared, “I am especially pleased because while working on Soldier Sister I came to know the Piestewa family. The novel is dedicated to their daughter, Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die in foreign battle. Mr. Terry Piestewa is a Vietnam Veteran.  His eyes were damaged during the war and now he can barely see light and shadows. He wanted to read Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Soon he will be able to listen to it. How special that this book about families and deployment will be available to all, including veterans, who have diminished eyesight.”

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Natural Accents, by Susan J. Tweit, Featured in WILDFLOWER

Susan J. Tweit is thrilled that “Natural Accents,” her feature article on Texas ecoregions, not only copped the center-spread in WILDFLOWER Magazine, the editors chose noted Texas photographer Laurence Parent’s gorgeous photographs to illustrate the piece. WILDFLOWER, the magazine of University of Texas’ Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has an international reach, going to subscribers around the globe. Tweit is also honored that her personal essay, “Drought and Grief,” was selected for the anthology Inside and Out: Women’s Truths, Women’s Stories, forthcoming from Story Circle Network.

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Kimberly Field’s Story in Cowboys & Indians Magazine

Kimberly Field’s story on collecting Plains Indian ledger art appears in Cowboys & Indians magazine’s annual arts issue, Aug/Sept 2017. Kim shared that the story was great fun to research and write. Contact Kim for the PDF of the story.

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Waves, A Confluence of Women’s Voices, An Anthology From AROHO

A Room of Her Own Foundation recently announced the names of the women writers whose work would appear in Waves, their forthcoming collection. CAL member Page Lambert’s poem “Orbit without Gravity” and short essay “L’Orange” will be included.

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Welcome New CAL Member Cristina Trapani-Scott

Christina Trapani-Scott moved to Northern Colorado from Michigan where she was born and raised, and just as she moved, her debut poetry chapbook was in the works. Trapani-Scott writes both poetry and fiction, while saying she is moving more toward fiction. She is currently working on a novel based on an advertisement she saw on a car window.

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Free Writing Class on Fiction Fundamentals

CAL member Sharon Cairns Mann will be teaching “The Writer’s Toolkit: Essential Tools for the Fiction Writer,” at the monthly meeting of Writers on the Rock: East Denver Creatives at the Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being, 3401 Eudora Street, Denver, CO on Saturday, August 19, from 10:00-11:30 a.m. This group was originally formed by CAL member Patricia Raybon to serve Christian writers, and continues to grow in new and exciting ways. The meetings are free and open to the public, although we appreciate an RSVP (sharon@sharoncairnsmann.com) so we can arrange for enough chairs. If you are interested, there is more information about the class content and a homework assignment (reading) for the meeting at this link. We would love to have you join us.

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Colorado Author’s Book to be Featured at the National Book Festival

Every year, each state chooses one book to take to the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. This year, the State Library Association and Colorado Humanities have chosen Space Boy and the Space Pirate by Dian Curtis Regan. This year’s festival will be held on September 2nd at the Washington Convention Center in D.C.

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