Jennifer Kincheloe, Robert Dodge, Sharon Cairns Mann and Judy Rose have been selected by the CAL Board as the four CAL authors to be featured at the second CAL Book Beat at The Denver Press Club, which has been moved up to Friday April 22 because the inaugural Book Beat in March was such a success.
Their books are:
Kincheloe: The Secret Life of Anna Blanc – “Anna” won the Colorado Gold Award for Mystery and has been nominated for a Lefty Award for Historical Mystery. In 1907 Los Angeles, mischievous socialite Anna Blanc surreptitiously joins the L.A. Police Department and tracks murders the cops won’t. “I Love Lucy meets Agatha Christie,” says RT Book Reviews.
Dodge: Andrea & Sylvester: Challenging Marriage Taboos and Paving the Road to Same-Sex Marriage – In 1941 a young couple met and fell in love, but Andrea, though she was Mexican-American, was considered white, while Sylvester was African American. Laws prohibiting racial intermarriage had been upheld by every court in the U.S. since Reconstruction, but Andrea and Sylvester challenged these laws, and won. When same-sex marriage became a pressing issue in the 21st century, their case was the precedent that first persuaded the courts to allow it. This book traces their personal struggle and how it helped establish momentum toward more liberal marriage laws, culminating in the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Mann: Tesserae: A Mosaic of Story – Rekindle your love for short fiction, urges the book jacket. The seven stories in this collection include works that have appeared previously in juried anthologies, as well as new stories. One, Knife River Flint, was nominated for the prestigious Pushcart Prize for short fiction.
Rose: Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco – The 12-year-old daughter of undocumented immigrants finds her family threatened after she is paired in a mentoring program with a pushy, fading TV news anchorman. Debut novel, received the 2015 INK Award for Best Children’s/YA novel; is a Colorado Book Award finalist; and was selected by the American Booksellers Association for its 2015 ABC Best Books for Young Readers catalog. Also included in the New York Public Library’s 2015 Best Books list.
The April 22 program will begin at 6:30 p.m. The Press Club will be serving a buffet dinner for $10 per person starting at 5 p.m. Cash bar will be open, and the featured books will available for sale following the program. No need to RSVP in advance. To watch the video from the first event, click here.