Welcome New CAL Member A. M. (Amy) Watson

A. M. Watson is an attorney, author, and teacher whose soul awakens when visiting libraries, museums, and historic sites. She resides in Castle Rock, but grew up in Victor, Colorado, a mountain town that she will always consider home. Infants of the Brush: A Chimney Sweep’s Story is A. M. Watson’s debut novel.




Welcome New CAL Member David Allard

David Allard worked for over 35 years as a petroleum geologist and from 1988 to 2006 worked internationally in more than 20 countries, including living in Egypt and Scotland. He recently retired to have more time to market his recently published book, A World of Culture, Oil and Golf. David has had a varied career involving many new field discoveries, publications and public presentations. Beginning in 2017, book marketing efforts include speaking events as a subject matter expert in petroleum geology and international experiences. He is pleased to live in Denver and still loves golf.




Call for CAL Memorial Scholarship Applications

It’s time once again to reach out to Colorado college and university students and ask them to submit an application for the CAL Memorial Scholarship. If you know of any students, or have any contacts at Colorado schools, please let them know about this $1000 scholarship. The application is online, so just steer them to our website! Requests for information can also be sent to Joy Lawrance  – Joy.of.Travel@comcast.net




Poetry by Carol Grever Published

Three of Carol Grever’s poems, “Waiting,” “Evergreen,” and “Reclamation,” were included in This I Know: An Anthology of Prose and Poems, published by the Warren Artists’ Market of Warrenton, North Carolina.  The 2017 collection was edited by Arlene S. Bice and Thomas H. Park and published by Purplestone Press.




Welcome New CAL Member Betsy Schwarm

Having a dozen years on the air with the vintage KVOD, “The Classical Voice of Denver,” and over two decades on the music faculty of Metropolitan State College of Denver, Betsy is a familiar voice to classical music lovers along the Front Range and a frequent guest speaker for Opera Colorado and the Colorado Symphony. Her books are based upon the observations and insights that she has shared with many thousands of audience members.




RUSH Receives the Illumination Award

Jayme H. Mansfield’s newest release, RUSH, has been awarded the 2018 Illumination Award for Christian Fiction. The historical fiction, based on her great-great grandmother’s participation in the 1893 Oklahoma Land Rush, earned top honors—the Enduring Light Gold Medal— which rewards exemplary Christian-themed books published since the year 2000. Period photos and more about the story are found at www.jaymehmansfield.com. The 5-star book is available on Amazon at http://amzn.to/2rwqdxn.




Page Lambert’s Writing Included in New Book

Forthcoming March 2018 from Fulcrum Publishing, The Light Shines from the West, a highly anticipated book about the complex history of America’s westward development from 1820 to 2020. Included in the book is a chapter on “The Rural West” written by CAL member Page Lambert.




I WILL DANCE, by Nancy Bo Flood

Simon and Schuster recently acquired I WILL DANCE, a picture book written by Nancy Bo Flood. The illustrator states that she is challenged to create images of a young girl determined to dance – and does – even though her hands are her only mobility used to power her motorized wheelchair. (cover image is a draft)




Sea Monsters, by Joe Nigg, Now Available in Chinese

Joe Nigg‘s Scandinavian sea monsters have resurfaced in a Chinese translation, and his mythical Phoenix is not far behind. BPG Artmedia (Beijing) Co. published its edition of the 2014 CAL Nonfiction Award-winning Sea Monsters (University of Chicago Press) late last year. Nutopia Publishing’s translation of UCP’s 2016 The Phoenix (鳳凰) will be released in the coming months. 

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To Love Kindness by Laurie Marr Wasmund

Laurie Marr Wasmund has released the second book of her White Winter Trilogy, To Love Kindness. The sequel to To Do Justice, the novel chronicles the lives of three young Irish-Americans in 1918. As a Red Cross relief worker, Kathleen O’Doherty’s dedication to her work is tested by her love for a man whose duty puts him in constant danger. Her cousin, Sean Sullivan, proves his valor during fierce fighting in the trenches near Verdun, but fears that he will never escape from the brutality he has witnessed and the violent deeds he has done. In Colorado, Sean’s sister, Maggie, struggles to keep her love for her husband, a Conscientious Objector, alive.