Gov. John Hickenlooper – himself a recently published author – will kick off the inaugural Colorado Book Festival Saturday morning, September 10, at the Denver Public Library, 13th Avenue and Broadway downtown. Author of The Opposite of Woe: My Life in Beer and Politics, Gov. Hickenlooper will deliver opening remarks at 10:15 a.m. in the Gallery on the seventh floor of the library. Copies of his book will be available for sale, and he will remain for a limited time to sign them.
All other Colorado Book Festival activities – the book-lover’s equivalent of a spectacular four-ring circus featuring more than 75 Colorado authors – will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. in the Conference Center (lower level) at the main library.
Included will be six panels of authors discussing their books in the areas of mysteries, sports, poetry, relationships, cooking and history; a panel on getting published; individual author presentations; and readings by leading Colorado authors of children’s and young adult books.
Among the featured authors are New York Times best-sellers Margaret Coel and Stephen Singular; famed landscape photographer and nature writer John Fielder; Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Elizabeth Fenn; current Colorado Poet Laureate Joseph Hutchison and former laureate Davis Mason; former Denver Broncos vice president Jim Saccomano; and former Denver Post columnist Dick Kreck.
The Colorado Book Festival is a joint presentation of the Colorado Authors’ League, which is celebrating its 85th year in 2016, and the Denver Public Library’s Western History Department, located on the fifth floor downtown. The event is free and open to the public.
More than 60 Colorado authors will meet and talk with readers, and be available to sign their books, which will be available for sale. Special prize drawings will be held throughout the day. For a complete list of participating authors, visit the Colorado Book Festival section of coloradoauthors.org, the Colorado Authors’ League Web site.
The Colorado Book Festival is sponsored by ANB Bank, Fulcrum Publishing, Morgan James Publishing, Outskirts Press, Colorado Humanities and the Center for the Book, Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association, 9News, Rocky Mountain PBS and The Denver Post.